Endorphins are endogenous opioid peptides that function as neurotransmitters. They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during exercise, excitement, pain, consumption of spicy food, love and orgasm, and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and our feeling well, comfortable and relaxed. The term implies a pharmacological activity as opposed to a specific chemical formulation. It consists of two parts: endo- and -orphin; these are short forms of the words endogenous and morphine, intended to mean "a morphine-like substance originating from within the body." The term "endorphin rush" has been adopted in popular speech to refer to our feeling exhilarated that can be brought on by our feeling pain, in danger, or other forms of stress, supposedly due to the influence of endorphins. When a nerve impulse reaches our spinal cord, endorphins that prevent nerve cells from releasing more pain signals are released.
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One of the three major groups of endogenous opioid peptides. They are large peptides derived from the PRO-OPIOMELANOCORTIN precursor. The known members of this group are alpha-, beta-, and gamma-endorphin. The term endorphin is also sometimes used to refer to all opioid peptides, but the narrower sense is used here; OPIOID PEPTIDES is used for the broader group.
The numerical value of endorphins in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of endorphins in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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Physical activity and exercise can release endorphins in the brain and give you a sense of well-being.
Laughing lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, and boosts endorphins, which help your mood, find something that makes you laugh hard and often.
Sometimes to get motivated for class, I force myself to run, walk, or bike there instead of taking the subway as a way to get my blood flowing and endorphins up.
One of the big benefits of laughter is that it feels really good to laugh, you get a change in the uptake of the naturally circulating endorphins, and those are the body's painkillers. You get a measurable increase in your ability to tolerate pain.
Exposure to new and different environments remind us of how big, diverse, and interesting the world is, it expands my ability to be creative and curious and gets my endorphins going. It's also humbling to be new and unfamiliar with different territories.
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