Oxytocin is not often a hormone that you might come across. It's known as the LOVE hormone, and we all need more of that, so I think we should know more about it!
What is Oxytocin?
It's a hormone that is released in your pituitary gland, and its main purpose is to enhance feelings of love and bonding.
When is it released?
- During childbirth it's main job is to stimulate contractions
- When you need to bond with your baby
- When you fall in love, during sex and orgasm
- When you're with good friends
- By hugging, holding hands or being massaged
- By stroking or hugging your pet
As well as making you feel good, research into oxytocin has revealed its far-reaching health benefits.
How does oxytocin benefit your health?
- Oxytocin decreases the level of stress hormones (primarily cortisol) your body manufactures – we all need that!
- Oxytocin protects your heart, by dilating the arteries, it helps supply the heart with blood, oxygen and nutrients – and lowers your blood pressure.
- Oxytocin is good for your gut – it has been proven to calm inflammation, reducing the risk of food sensitivities, autoimmune disorders, and underlying infections.
We all need a bit more oxytocin, so here’s how to get some without having to give birth!
• Hold hands with someone
• Give someone a big hug – the longer the better
• Get a massage
• Stroke your pet
• Have sex if you can !
• Spend time with friends or people you love
And if you can’t do any of that right now, just have a relaxing bath in Epsom salts and your favourite essential oil – a bit of self care can be just as nourishing.
Do share the love – send this blog to anyone you know who needs a bit more love this Valentine’s Day!