The Untold World of Oxytocin, Stress, and Life Adversity

Oxytocin is not just a “love” or “cuddle” hormone – it is a general anti-stress hormone that may help lower levels of cortisol, reduce blood pressure, and more.

It turns out that oxytocin works alongside stress hormones to help maintain homeostasis during times of stress and inflammation (1; 2).

Textbooks typically refer to oxytocin as a bonding hormone that is released during breastfeeding, or after an orgasm. But there are many other triggers of oxytocin release such as warm temperature and touch, smells, sounds and other social cues (3; 4).

The release of oxytocin is also not limited to just the pituitary gland in the brain; it can be released from the uterus, ovaries, testes, blood vessels, and the heart (

Restore Willpower and Self Control by Doing this One Thing

Most of our choices are made in autopilot – outside of our conscious control.

There’s an old adage: “Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man”. As much as 95% of our habits and behaviors are patterned in the first 5-6 years of life.

This is because our first learning is conducted by mirror neurons. These neurons mimic what we “see” in our environment – both consciously and subconsciously.

While you think that this form of learning disappears as we get older, it’s still there. Our subconscious continues to have  zero filter. It sees two things and, instinctively wants to make an association between them.

Our mind does not just make connections between people, places and things but also connects context. This is why […]

Milk, Does a Body Good…or Does It?

 

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Does the calcium in milk really prevent fractures?

Studies are suggesting that the effects of milk on the body are perhaps not worth the calcium benefits it provides.

A recent 20-year Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal looked at the milk intake of two large cohorts involving 61,433 women and 45,339 men.

The results showed that high milk intake was associated with:

  • higher mortality in both men and women
  • higher fracture incidence in women.

Milk contains 18 of 22 essential nutrients, including calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D all of which are important for bone strength. The body is able to absorb these nutrients via the intestines through enzymes that digest lactose into D-galactose and D-glucose.

The […]