Friday, November 5, 2010

OXYTOCIN-"The Love hormone"

As with a mum and her baby, it's released in the brain in response to hugs, kisses, and caresses, as well as simple touching. It induces uterine contractions during childbirth, spurs the release (or letdown) of milk in the nursing mother, and is responsible, at first touch, for her feelings of instant attachment to the newborn.

Oxytocin plays a big role in brokering all of our relationships (men have it, too), strengthening marriages, promoting enduring friendships, even engendering trust among strangers.A hug prompts the release of oxytocin, leading to feelings of closeness, sexual intimacy, and the release of more oxytocin..

The effects of this natural love potion are amplified by estrogen - one reason women tend to be more physically demonstrative than men (particularly during the high-estrogen days of the month when they're ovulating) and are generally more affected by touch.

As estrogen declines during and after menopause, you'll want to take steps to ensure you continue to benefit from this life-enhancing hormone. Surround yourself with positive people and avoid negative, hostile individuals.

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