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The Love Hormone Oxytocin

May 25, 2009 BY Joy McCarthy

Oxytocin is considered the "love" hormone and rightly so! It is a very important neurotransmitter (aka brain chemical). This lovely hormone is what literally and biochemically bonds LOVER to LOVER and a mother to her baby. 

Here's how it works:

For Couples

We are all familiar with that feeling when your happy brain chemicals are in overdrive in a new relationship, right? It may not last forever, BUT ... in comes the oxytocin hormone that keeps couples bonded and strengthens the intimacy in relationships. It must be fertilized (with organic fertilizer of course!) Yes, love is just like a garden. Keep reading for how you can boost your oxytocin bonding in your relationship below.

For Moms 

The studies done on pregnant women prove that those who had high levels detected during the first and last trimester had stronger bonding with their babies. It also peaks at birth in the mother. This may be why moms instantly fall madly in love with their baby. Gotta love those brain chemicals!

Health Benefits of Oxytocin:

It has anti-anxiety affects, reduces stress hormones (mainly cortisol), promotes feelings of well-being, increases trusting behaviour, reduces blood pressure and promotes growth and healing.

How You Can Get More Oxytocin:

  • Oxytocin peaks after orgasm, HOWEVER, it is further enhanced when you cuddle and have physical touch with your lover!
  • Positive interaction between couples on a day-to-day basis involving warm touch, massage and psychological support promotes it. This makes perfect sense doesn't it? Common sense will tell you that if you are disconnected from your spouse or significant other, you will grow further apart. If you are not making an effort to have physical touch and bonding, then how are you going to release oxytocin?
  • You don't need a lover either – studies have shown that oxytocin increases from massage therapy and certain foods promote it as well!

Foods That Promote Feel-Good Brain Chemicals (including serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, oxytocin):

Nature has an amazing way of working doesn't it? Happy oxytocin-producing!

Joy

May 25, 2009 BY Joy McCarthy
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DENIS   •   July 26, 2011

thanks will try it out with ma queen,coz we having probs now

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philip mireku gyane   •   September 1, 2011

thanks for those posts.i really enjoy them

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