Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Those Crazy Hormones: Happy Endorphins

Jacked in and ready?
Apologies for the silence.  Important things do get away from me sometimes.

Endorphins!  Aren't they lovely?
The first purpose of my research on endorphins was to understand why I felt absolutely amazing after running twenty minutes daily for however many months I did that. Besides the feeling better because of being more physically fit, there is a neurological reason as well. This post could also apply as a Healthy Habits post but there is a bunch of information in the internet land.  There will always be something to research!

Technically, an endorphin is not a hormone. It is a compound that is produced through the pituitary gland via the hypothalamus. "What are you talking about, Dorothy?" Endorphins are released into your blood from the pituitary gland.  The hypothalamus aids the process. Read the Wiki, it makes more sense.

The following activities can cause endorphins to be introduced into your blood stream: excitement, pain, consumption of spicy food, exercise, and orgasm.
There's not much else I can say about endorphins without copying and pasting the Wikipedia articles so I shall leave this post at that.

Have a good day/night!
Session complete.