What is the Importance of Endorphins in Our Body?

Dr. Brett Berner
5 min readOct 28, 2023

Endorphins are natural compounds that act as the body’s built-in pain relievers and mood enhancers. They are generated when you engage in enjoyable activities like working out, being intimate, or sharing a good laugh. Interestingly, your body also releases endorphins in response to unpleasant events, like when you accidentally twist your ankle.

Many of us have experienced the “endorphin rush” after a fun activity, but you might be curious about what endorphins are and how they can improve your health. This article delves into the world of endorphins, explaining their importance and providing advice on how to boost them naturally.

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What are endorphins, and what is their function?

Endorphins, or natural opioids, are protein chains known as peptides. They are primarily controlled and released by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland (1, 2).

These substances are a kind of neurotransmitter; sometimes, they are also considered hormones. They interact with opiate receptors in our body to reduce pain and create feelings of pleasure (1, 2).

The name “endorphin” is interesting because it comes from the words “endogenous,” which means originating from within the body, and “morphine,” an opiate pain relief medication.

Beta-endorphins have been studied the most among various forms of endorphins and are well-known for their pain-relieving properties (1, 2).

While we don’t fully grasp their workings, they are believed to play a role in how we perceive pain and pleasure (2).

For instance, endorphins are released during painful experiences, like when you injure your ankle, to alleviate pain and discomfort temporarily. They are also released during enjoyable moments such as eating chocolate, engaging in sexual activity, or exercising (2).

What advantages do endorphins offer?

Ongoing research shows that endorphins offer various advantages, which include (2):

  • Pain and discomfort reduction.
  • Increased pleasure.
  • Lessened stress, depression, and anxiety.
  • Easing inflammation.

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Dr. Brett Berner

Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Lutz, FL. Schedule a complimentary consultation: text CONSULT to 813-578-5889 or www.foundationschedule.com