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Chemistry Honors

Ceci White-Baer

on 28 May 2013

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Transcript of Endorphins

Endorphins By Ceci White-Baer What are endorphins? lack of pain during "adrenaline rush"

control the body's emotions

help the postponement of aging

increase feelings of pleasure four main emotions

average person is usually in "glad mode"

when emotions stray from "glad", body releases endorphins More on emotions: consumption of certain food

massage therapy/acupuncture

during times of emotional and phyiscal stress When are endorphins released? What do endorphins do, anyway? Endorphins are really strong... Any guesses? Endorphins can be up to 500 times stronger than everyday painkillers such as tylenol, ibuprofen, and advil natural painkillers in the body


belongs to a class of neurohormones

first discovered in 1970's Where are endorphins found? the brain

the spinal cord

many other nerve endings And... During and after exercise Also known as "runner's high" Music and Endorphins A short example of endorphin release caused by music emotional richness of music can cause feelings of euphoria

in one study, researchers found that half of mothers listening to music during childbirth did not require anesthesia

patients exposed to soothing music before a painful operation required half as many sedatives and anesthesia as those who were not

Harp music has been prescribed instead of tranquilizers and painkillers for cancer patients at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center The Relationship Between
Depression and Endorphins How are they connected? depression was previously thought to be due only to problems in daily life

scientists have discovered it is a problem with neurotransmitters

unbalance in chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinepherine, and the endorphins

Even when an antidepressant effectively alters serotonin or dopamine functioning,the drug may effect other brain chemicals with adverse effects Ways to Naturally Increase Your Endorphin Levels sniff some lavender or vanilla
laugh more
listen to music
add spice to your food
eat some chocolate
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