Mood Enhancers – The Love Hormone
Many of us suffer in silence, disturbed by feelings of anxiety, a lack of social skills, buckled by fear of the unknown and incapable of reaching out to others to connect.¬†
- social skills
- mood and personality and,
- romantic relationships
The overall bond-strengthening and social effects are strong enough to consider the love hormone, a very beneficial mood enhancer:
- assist pain-relief and healing via its anti-inflammatory effects
- assist weight loss via a variety of metabolic effects
- acts as an anti-depressant and anti-anxiolytic
- reduce stress by decreasing cortisol levels and blood pressure
- increase orgasm intensity and frequency.
Bonding – Its chemistry is all about attachment
The love hormone, the cuddle hormone, and yes also referred to as the “bonding hormone”, this chemical messenger is usually released in the brain by adults when we have social contact.
It is also particularly pronounced where there is touch involved. Health promoting, this hormone-like substance is usually known for its ability to promote bonding and attachment between individuals. It creates the desire for more of this “feel good” interaction.
It creates the desire for more of this “feel good” interaction.
The bonding between child and mother
Pregnancy is a time where women are very “hormonal”. There are significantly high levels of estrogen which is predominantly a female hormone. In the brain of the mother, the number of receptors for this “love hormone” are multiplied, yet even more so towards the end of an expecting mothers pregnancy. Because of this, the new mother becomes highly responsive to the presence of the love hormone. It is the part of the brain that also promotes the maternal behaviours which will nourish the baby emotionally, and forge the necessary bonding and attachment.
Because of this, the new mother becomes highly responsive to the presence of the love hormone.
It is the part of the brain that also promotes the maternal behaviours which will nourish the baby emotionally, and forge the necessary bonding and attachment.
During labour, a mother will experience a large surge of this hormone. A mother will produce elevated levels of this vital hormone as a consequence of nursing and holding her infant.
The levels of this love hormone will be higher in mothers who breastfeed exclusively, rather than supplement with bottles of formula, or supplementary bottles of milk.