Skydiving and adrenaline go together like two peas in a pod. But what is it that makes adrenaline so special, and what are the benefits of adrenaline in the body? To find out let’s get that heart pumping and put those adrenal glands to work! We’re going to get into the nitty-gritty of the body’s natural superpower producer: adrenaline!
C₉H₁₃NO₃, as the chemical formula goes, or as it’s more readily known, adrenaline (code name epinephrine) is a hormone released by the adrenal glands and neurons within the medulla oblongata.
Released simultaneously with its twin noradrenaline/norepinephrine, the two nearly identical chemical compounds work in tandem as both a hormone and a neurotransmitter. If you’re not up to speed with the different functions of hormones and neurotransmitters, you aren’t alone. This is the basic difference:
Hormones are secreted into the bloodstream and send signals throughout the body.
Neurotransmitters exist only within the brain and deliver messages across the synaptic cleft allowing different neurons to communicate with each other across synapses.
The release of adrenaline is triggered when a section of your brain called the amygdala processes an experience as stressful or dangerous. This response is most commonly known as “fight or flight.” To set up the body for this kind of response, when the amygdala perceives that a situation warrants a high alert “all systems go” type response from the body, the amygdala will signal to another portion of the brain called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus then sends a signal to the adrenal glands that it’s time to roll production into overdrive.
As adrenaline is released into the bloodstream it causes a series of rapid changes throughout the body. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, quickens your breathing, sends a boost of energy to your muscles, and directs blood flow to major muscle groups.
The bodily benefits of adrenaline are numerous. Experiencing an adrenaline rush is like tapping into superpowers. Here’s what we mean by the benefits of adrenaline.
Adrenaline heightens your senses and produces increased cognitive abilities. Though the decisions are meant only to be for the immediate future, you’ll be able to make them lighting fast. It’s why many people can react to impending danger, say an oncoming car before they even realize what they’ve done.
In addition to this cognitive boost, adrenaline provides quite a physical boost as well. Because the release of adrenaline triggers increased levels of glucose and increased blood flow, a body flush with adrenaline will experience a surge of energy and strength. This heavy lifting power applies to the yes too. Experiencing an adrenaline rush causes the pupils to dilate and sharpens your vision.
There are plenty of ways to experience an adrenaline rush, but none are quite as effective as a good old-fashioned skydive! Skydiving won’t just get your adrenaline pumping, it will introduce you to the experience of a lifetime. Try out the benefits of adrenaline first-hand. Call or click to schedule a skydive with Skydive Orange today!
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