During the winter, your body is in a high need of endorphins, substances that help deal with stress and create a state of well being, fortunately.
There are specific stimuli in your body that trigger internal endorphin secretion, when exposed to light, laughter, sex and exercise in general, but what if we told you there are also foods that make you happier?
Now this doesn’t come as a surprise, isn’t it? Black chocolate, thanks to polyphenols and other antioxidants it has in its composition, reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure, reduces bad cholesterol, increases the good one, and protects your arteries’ health. It contains certain chemicals that help release endorphins, as well.
There are nearly 140 studies, conducted over the past 40 years, that have chocolate as the main character and present its benefits. Keeping it short, it’s one of the foods that make you happier.
Spicy taste is actually pain. Capsaicin, the chemical in chili peppers, is ‘tying’ itself of pain receptors from nerve cells found in the mucus membranes from your nose and mouth. The impulses produced in this way reach the trigeminal nerve in the brain, creating a burning pain. The same receptors reach to heat, so when you eat spicy food, the effect is more intense.
To mitigate this painful burning sensation, the body releases endorphins. And hence, the well-being state you can get just by eating a hot pepper or chili powder.
According to a recent study by Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Memorial in New York, patient who smelled vanilla before an MRI examination stated that their anxiety has decreased almost by half.
Even though it’s not actually one of the foods that make you happier, being more of a flavor, add a drop or two of vanilla extract in your coffer or tea in the morning and you will enjoy the endorphin release.