Do you think that romance consists of soft lighting, candles and a box of chocolates? Well… maybe a chocolate or two and a glass of champagne won’t hurt, but there is far more at play than we think. And just ahead of the April holidays some of these tips from our friends at Health Renewal might… erm… be useful.
Part of that ‘loving feeling’ is as a result of the brain hormone called oxytocin, that is produced by the hypothalamus and stored in the pituitary gland in our brains. When oxytocin is at an optimum level you may find yourself feeling more confident and connected to others. Oxytocin is the hormone which encourages intimacy and closeness, so when your body is not producing the correct levels of oxytocin, your intimacy and relationships may be impacted. Triggering this love-hormone can be as simple as looking deeply into your love’s eyes or there might be a little more to it.
WHAT AFFECTS OXYTOCIN PRODUCTION?
Exercise (even a 30 minute walk), physical touch (give a hug) and certain foods may trigger oxytocin release. In fact, studies have suggested that merely the fragrance of certain comfort foods may help its release. Some healthy oxytocin inducing foods include eggs, bananas and pepper.
As with so many health matters, our gut plays a big role in the production of oxytocin in our brains. Simple issues such as food sensitivities and allergies, autoimmune issues or systemic candida (an overgrowth of yeast), can result in poor oxytocin levels and could be contributing to imbalanced emotions.
Home care solutions include:
– Pre and Pro biotic supplements
– Fermented foods with healthy bacteria for the gut
– Probiotic beverages such as Kombucha
The key to improving oxytocin levels through food therapy is to repair any digestive concerns you may be experiencing and this means isolating food that your body does not like and eliminating them from your diet. This includes identifying gut intolerances, imbalances and intestinal permeability concerns such as leaky gut syndrome.
GUT IMPROVING HOME REMEDIES
Our favourite natural health store, Faithful to Nature, has some great gut assisting, oxytocin boosting products that you can order online and try at home. My personal favourite from the below is the Rawbiotics Gut Correct which I use daily:
1. Soil Relaxing Massage Oil, R111 BUY
2. Amipro Colon Ecology 70s, R229 BUY
3. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, R125 BUY
4. Metagenics UltraFlora Acute Care, R579 BUY
5. Rawbiotics Gut Correct, 500ml, R125 BUY
6. Dr Tom’s Kombucha Cranberry, R28 BUY
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For further assistance in determining, diagnosing, managing and balancing any digestive tract issues you can consult a doctor. Doctors are able to assist with prescription medication, special pre and probiotics, diagnostic tools to determine any digestive tract issues and even genetic health concerns.