Training Your Tongue to Love Spicy Food Benefits More Than Your Taste Buds

Improves Mood:

Feeling depressed lately? Well, break out the chili peppers! Spicy food can make you feel happier. Have you ever heard ofEndorphins? These feel-good hormones are released when you exercise, ride a rollercoaster, or laugh with a friend.

Capsaicin has a similar effect. Brace yourself, because you’re going to be hearing this word a lot today. Capsaicin is the hot compound present in chili peppers.

If consumed in large doses, it can cause severe short-term symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. The good news is that the gut lining is not permanently damaged.

According to a study, capsaicinoids send messages to your brain that mislead it into thinking you’re in pain. In response, your brain produces feel-good hormones to counteract this imagined pain.

Studies show that endorphins play a crucial role in your body’s ability to control pain and enjoy pleasure. So sprinkle a few chilies on your next meal. If you eat this regularly, chances are you’ll feel better. Keep in mind that you need to be eating the right foods.

Maybe you can make some pad thai. It also goes well with pasta, chicken, and other dinners. What’s the spiciest food you’ve ever eaten? Do you have a wild spice story? Sound off in the comment section.

Macro Foods new Power Bowls, in collaboration with Nutrifix

In collaboration with Macro Food, our Nutritionist Christina has created 4 new combos for you to enjoy.  All of them are packed with vibrant colours, delicious protein and filling macros!Here are the super combos:Brain Power   Ready to help boost your productivity? Give your brain the fuel it deserves with Miso Salmon, Sweet Potato Hash and Char Sui Tenderstem Broccoli.  This dish is bursting with the healthy Omega-3s, and plenty of vitamins…


How to Release Endorphins

Endorphins are most commonly associated with exercise. How much exercise an individual needs to get a “runner’s high” varies from person to person. In general, high-intensity workouts produce more endorphins than moderate exercise does.

CDC recommends adults engage in either 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week or 75 minutes of intense aerobic exercise a week. Moderate exercise includes activities such as swimming or brisk walking. You can get intense exercise through jogging, dancing, rock-climbing, etc.

Research shows exercise isn’t the only way to release endorphins. You can also boost endorphins through:

Camile Thai Giving Thai A Chance To Show Its Good Side

People don’t give Thai cuisine a break. Thanks to the mass-produced fast food edition of Thai food, many believe it is unhealthy,  greasy and full of carbs. The meals we are exposed to are often meals, like fried rice or noodles, but Thai Cuisine is so much more than that. Thai cooking is defined by its strong aromatic experience, focusing on texture and taste.  The use of possible medicinal benefits of ingredients…

16. Oranges

Oranges have many health benefits, including vitamin C. That particular vitamin helps ward off anxiety and depression, according to a study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Your Heart Is Healthier:

Cultures that eat spicy foods have fewer instances of heart disease. This means fewer strokes and heart attacks. Why? Well, it’s believed that the foods they eat the most, such as jalapenos, cayenne peppers, and red chili peppers, decrease cholesterol levels and battle inflammation.

According to a study, those who ate chili peppers regularly had a 13% lower risk of death. This was because these fire eaters had fewer instances of cardiovascular issues.

Capsaicin obstructs the gene that causes artery narrowing, eventually boosting blood flow in the vessels. This can also help reduce blood pressure and prevent clots. The heat produced by the body improves blood flow.

Capsaicin also contains anti-inflammatory properties, which are beneficial for heart health since inflammation causes plaque to collect in the blood vessel walls. Apart from this, many spicy peppers are high in vitamins A and C, which help to strengthen the heart muscle walls.


There’s something addictive about hearing your enemy messed up a huge job opportunity, or that a married couple you know just divorced over a wild scandal. It’s no wonder celebrities are followed by paparazzi and there are countless websites, magazines, and TV shows dedicated to spreading their rumors and day-to-day activities. People love gossiping because it can induce a natural high, seriously.

Comparing gossip to “social grooming” among primates, “which has been shown to stimulate production of endorphins, relieving stress, and boosting the immune system,” a 2001 study on the role of text messages in human communication, from the UK’s Social Issues Research Centre (SIRC), found many people viewed gossip as a form of social glue. “What you get out of it (mobile gossip) is a sense of being included, being trusted — a sense of belonging to a group,” one focus-group participant said.

But how does this equate to a natural high? Not only does this social connection release endorphins, but taking risks also increases dopamine levels. “It was clear from our focus-group discussions that enjoyment of gossip had much to do with the element of risk involved,” the researchers wrote. It makes sense; gossip delves into people’s private lives, and none of us should be talking about that. Getting away with it is what induces that high.  

12. Grapes

Grapes do a very good job of preventing the symptoms of stress in the body. Eat grapes as a snack to boost your mood. Pack grapes in your lunch to keep you calm during stressful moments at work.

What Are the Benefits of Endorphins?

Endorphins can have many positive effects in terms of your health and well-being. Imagine that you are on a vacation and are bitten by a snake, yet you don't feel any pain. Why would that be? It's the protective effect of a surge of endorphins, allowing you to cope with the stress of the situation.

Below is a list of some of the many benefits of endorphins.

  • Reduced depression
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Regulation or modulation of appetite
  • An enhanced immune response
  • Reduced pain

As you can see, the benefits of endorphins are numerous. In fact, getting regular exercise such as working out at moderate intensity for 45 minutes three times per week may be a good first option for those living with mild depression.


Some people's guts are sensitive to spicy foods. Eating too much spicy food can cause them to experience diarrhea. If this describes you, there's nothing wrong with your digestive system. It's just your body's way of protecting itself from potential harm.

Why do we react to spiciness the way we do?

What’s interesting about them is that they’re actually the same receptors that get activated by heat. So when we eat something spicy, our brain receives the same signal as if our mouth was in contact with high heat – that’s why we feel our mouth burning, and also why the word "hot" is a synonym for "spicy". And our body really reacts as if it was exposed to a threat, and triggers a fight-or-flight reaction. That means: your heart beats faster, and you start to sweat!

Fun Fact: The reverse effect actually happens when we eat something that contains menthol. Our body is tricked into thinking we just ate something cool, which is why we can feel the cooling effect in our mouth.

When You Should See a Doctor

Diarrhea triggered by hot or spicy food usually clears up in a day or two. In most cases, taking it easy on your gut and eating non-spicy foods for a few days will get you through the worst.

In other words, you probably won't need to see a doctor. It's important to also stay well hydrated (drink plenty of water) and avoid caffeinated beverages that can make diarrhea worse.

However, if your symptoms don't get better in a day or two, or they worsen and/or lead to signs of dehydration, go see a doctor.

How Are Endorphins Increased?

What can you do to increase your natural endorphins? Contrary to what you might think, you don't need to run a marathon to get a runner's high or do something outrageous to boost your endorphins.

While it's true that higher intensity workouts will produce more endorphins than lower intensity workouts, there are still lots of different ways you can boost your endorphins without needing to cross the finish line after 26.2 miles.

Below is a list of simple options that you can get started with right away.

Eat Dark Chocolate

Do you like chocolate? You're in luck. Eating just a piece of dark chocolate can help to boost your endorphins.


Moderate intensity exercise can be helpful to boost your endorphins. Try to get in 45 minutes at least three times per week.

Sexual Intercourse

When you have sexual intercourse, your body also releases endorphins. Not only are you engaging in physical exercise, but you're also creating a social bond with another person.

Create or Listen to Music

Music isn't just for entertainment; it can improve your well-being and raise your endorphins.

Create Art

Just as with creating music, creating art can be helpful for raising your endorphins.


If you don't wish to go for a run or do a regular workout, simply dancing around your house can also raise your endorphins.

Receive Acupuncture

There is some evidence that receiving acupuncture can help with raising endorphins. This makes sense if you consider that acupuncture would also stimulate pain receptors.

Get In a Good Laugh

Do you like to laugh? There's probably a good reason for that. Laughter can also stimulate your endorphins, so make sure to try and get in a good laugh each day. Watch a funny television show or spend time with people who make you break out in laughter.

Eat Spicy Food

Did you know that eating spicy food can raise your endorphins? This is a good excuse to try out an Indian restaurant or pick a new spicy item off the menu next time you go out to eat.


Just like acupuncture, massage can also help to raise your endorphins. This doesn't even have to be a professional massage; you could ask your partner to give you a massage, invest in a massage chair, or use a portable massager to relax tense muscles.


Did you know that sitting in a sauna will also raise your endorphins? You're not just sweating out stress when you sit in a sauna, you're also improving your well-being.

Use Aromatherapy

Have you ever tried aromatherapy? It can be as simple as using essential oils while cleaning or running a diffuser to add scent to your environment, both of which can help to raise your endorphins.

Watch a TV Drama Show

If you're not in the mood to laugh, you could also consider watching a TV drama. This has also been shown to increase your endorphins.

Engage in meditation

Have you tried meditation? Meditation is another easy way to boost your endorphins, and it doesn't cost anything to get started. All you need is 20 minutes and a Youtube video to get started.

Do volunteer work

When you do volunteer work, you are not only doing good for others but also boosting your endorphins. This is another simple way to improve your feelings of well-being.

Spend time with friends

Try to avoid isolation if you are feeling like your endorphins are low. Spending time with friends can help to boost your well-being.

We Noticed You Have An Ad Blocker On

Can you pitch in a few bucks to help fund Mother Jones’ investigative journalism? We’re a nonprofit (so it’s tax-deductible), and reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget.

We noticed you have an ad blocker on. Can you pitch in a few bucks to help fund Mother Jones’ investigative journalism?