Endorphins are the body’s natural “feel-good” chemicals manufactured by your central nervous system that interact with receptors in your brain to help you feel focused, lessen the impact of pain as perceived by your brain, and put you in a better mood.
Endorphins actually share a lot of similarities with prescription anti-anxiety drugs and opiate painkillers. However, unlike these drugs which are prone to causing unwanted side effects such as brain fog, mood swings and addiction, the natural release of endorphins has no disadvantages.
This is because they work with your body’s design, not against it, and wind up benefitting your mind-body connection.
Opioid pills are actually known to increase your sensitivity to pain, which means the pain you feel is worsened.
In addition, if your body becomes used to opioid pain medication, its ability to create and use natural endorphins will decrease. Opioids, if used excessively and irresponsibly, could take away your ability to reduce pain on your own.
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