Earlier this evening I made a big pot of pollo guisado (chicken stew). And since I am heat lover, I made it rain cayenne pepper and my stew can out HOOOTTTT. I love spicy food, especially hot soups. In addition to the cayenne pepper, I also added jalepenos. So yeah...this stew was hot.
When I was eating the bowl of stew, I paid more attention to how I felt when I was eating it. I felt light-headed, warm, and maybe 'high'? It only lasted a few seconds after a bite from the steamy stew, but it was long enough for me to notice.
Here's Some Of the Reasons Why You Feel Different, When Eating Spicy Food:
1) Capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers, has been proven to work as a painkiller.
2) Capsaicin also forces the brain to release endorphins (WELL GO FIGURE!)
3) Chili eaters have reported losing feelings in body parts.