Oxytocin, our “Love Hormone”
Oxytocin, the “love hormone” promotes feelings of closeness, affection, connection , and love. This hormone is released during childbirth to promote bonding between mother and child. It also is released in times of physical touch, intimacy, or when engaging in activities that promote positive feelings of powerful connection.
Boost your Oxytocin Naturally with these 5 Tips:
1. Balance your other hormones, this boosts Oxytocin production
2.Listen to music
3.Cuddle/physical affection/ long embraces with a loved one
4.Increase healthy fats, magnesium, vitamin d , and vitamin c. IV Therapy is great for boosting your mood, fast!
5. Spend some time with a furry friend
Increased Oxytocin levels result in better mood, sleep patterns, healthier sex drive, better problem resolution tactics, boosted immune system, and much much more. Feelings of connection and well being are extremely important for mood and even prevention of conditions like anxiety and depression. Balancing other hormones aid greatly in boosting oxytocin production, which is why the production of this hormone often declines as we age, in a similar pattern as our sex hormones, testosterone, estradiol, and progesterone. Healthy oxytocin levels also help to balance out cortisol, our stress hormone. Elevated cortisol can lead to anxiety, heart palpitations, weight gain, depression, insomnia, and several other undesirable symptoms.
If you believe you may have hormone imbalance, it is important to consult with an expert in the field to determine what tests may need to be done in conjunction with your symptoms to develop, implement , and follow a treatment plan that will be best for you. Be wary of clinics with a “one size fits all” approach. Hormone balancing is highly individual, and should be based on your symptoms and labs. Individual based treatment plans are important for your long term clinical success rate.