The Elusive ‘Runner’s High’ Has Prehistoric Roots
A jog won’t do it; the powerful painkillers released during long-distance running let our ancestors chase prey for hours on end
Our ancestors didn’t have much time to get fat and obese with running down prey all day. We have to hunt down a button on the microwave. No wonder we’re so depressed. No brain joy juice happening here.
Runner’s high comes from the so-called endocannabinoids, or eCBs (named for their molecular resemblance to the active ingredient of cannabis).These powerful painkillers, are released during long-distance running.,They also stimulate the secretion of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Matt Wilkinson wrote a great piece about extreme moving and extreme highs.
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