Turn up the Heat - Why we crave spicy foods – Natural Remedy Tonics
  • Turn up the Heat - Why we crave spicy foods

    Chilli is globally renowned for eliciting eye watering, mouth burning sensations in the proponents of this fiery food. One wonders exactly why would anyone seek out this burning sensation? The answer to this question can be found in the way our brains are wired.

    The capsaicinoids found in chilli trick the brain into thinking it is being burned, which is a painful experience, through the transmission of neurotransmitters. The brain reacts by releasing another type of neurotransmitter known as endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural way of relieving pain by blocking the nerve’s ability to transmit pain signals. Additionally, the neurotransmitter dopamine, responsible for a sense of reward and pleasure, is also released.

    It can be said for some people that eating large amounts of spicy food triggers a sense of euphoria similar to a “runner’s high”.

    Natural Remedy Tonic's Chilli Tonic combines invigorating heat from Cayenne Chilli pepper, ginger, galangal and secret spices with refreshing citrus notes from fresh oranges and lime. This allows for a more balanced and enjoyable heat sensation that’s refreshingly different and highly addictive! Great as a metabolism boosting, energy releasing non-alcoholic pick-me-up!