There are three major types of Endorphins, beta endorpins, found primarily in the pituitary gland, and enkephalins and dynorphin, both distributed throughout the nervous system.
Wikipedia (“endogenous morphine”) are endogenous opioid peptides that function as neurotransmitters. They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during exercise, excitement, pain. Also consumption of spicy foods and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being.
I know personally when depression was present that a Doctor told me to walk at least thirty minutes and at least three times a week. Walking does release endorphins and gives one a sense of well-being. I believe sometimes those endorphins, transmitters are not working and we need to exercise to get them working.
Endorphin release varies with different individuals. This means that two people who exercise at the same level or suffer the same degree of pain may not produce similar levels of endorphins. Certain foods, such as chocolate or chili peppers can also lead to enhanced sections of endorphins.
I personally have eaten chocolate and that does release endorphins and makes one feel better. This certainly may explain why in times of stress we reach for chocolate. I have never been a chocolate person but this has worked at times for me.
A daily walk is perhaps one of the best exercises for the release of endorphins and a sense of well-being. Sometimes we may not have time but schedule time as this is very important to the release of endorphins. You can try other activities to see which is best for You that works and releases the endorphins that our body’s so badly need for stress and pain. Sitting at a computer will not release endorphins. Exercise will.
Prolonged, continuous exercise contributes to an increased production and release of endorphins resulting in a sense of euphoria that has been popularly labeled “runner’s high.”
Lets get a “runner’s high” by walking or whatever form of exercise one prefers to get our endorphins released into our body’s!
While the role of endorphins have been debated extensively by doctors and scientists, it is at least known that the body does produce endorphins in response to prolonged, continuous exercise.
Each one of us needs to take better care of “Our Temple” that God has given us!