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8 Drug-Free Natural Highs

Posted by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 8:05 PM
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8 Drug-Free Natural Highs

by megan (not OP)

Runner’s high
The endorphins produced during exercise (of all forms, not just running) have a chemical effect on the brain: they are groups of peptides that interact with opiate receptors and reduce the perception of pain and  stress similarly to opiate drugs, except they are naturally occurring in the body and aren’t addictive. When endorphin levels increase, you feel happier and more relaxed.

Endorphins are produced after an orgasm, too. So if you missed your jog for the day…

No surprise here, but  chocolate makes people happy because it contains substances that, again, trigger the release of endorphins.

Give of yourself
It’s also been shown that being generous—with your friends by treating them to lunch or by donating time or money to a favorite organization—makes people beeter than spending money on material things. It seems that’s because the former produces joy in real-time but also memories that last much longer than whatever satisfaction that will come from a new pair of jeans (that may or may not fit once you start exercising more. See page one!).


Some carbs or snacks. Seriously—they are necessary for moving tryptophan across the brain.  Tryptophan is the amino acid that makes up seratonin, the neurotransmitter heavily associated with mood, and when carbohydrates are not available in the bloodstream, tryptophan gets trapped and won’t move to where it needs to be. Neither will your mood.

Fruits known for fighting depression  include papaya, bananas, strawberries, mangos, pineapple, grapefruit, guava, apricots, peaches, apples, and dates. Omega-3's (but not from fish oil) are also important in combatting depression.

Herbs you’ve never heard of

It is recommended eating one potentilla leaf daily for a few weeks or months to notice a real difference—the long-lasting kind of happiness, rather than a fleeting sense of euphoria. It also says that pulsatilla can have a complementary effect.

Massage therapy, acupuncture, meditation
All shown to boost secretion of endorphins.

Saying thank you
Showing gratitude is also a mood-booster—possibly because once you stop to recognize how someone has helped you, you feel happier because you will remember and appreciate it for longer. Plus, you’ll feel better about not taking advantage of favors—and who doesn’t like a good “ thank you?”

by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 8:05 PM
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by Freebirther on Jun. 13, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Natural childbirth really ups the endorphins too.  :) 

Taking St. John's wart tincture.  You can't help but smile when it kicks in. 

by Ruby Member on Jun. 14, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Interesting! Thanks for sharing.

by Silver Member on Jun. 14, 2010 at 8:13 PM

very interesting; thanks

by on Jun. 14, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Considering chocolate has caffiene, I'm not sure I would put it in the drug free zone. Potentilla is actually considered an herb/ drug, same as cannabis.

by on Jun. 14, 2010 at 9:16 PM

 well... if we're counting substances that trigger the release of certain brain chemicals what does or doesn't count as a drug?

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