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 (

Can MCTs from Coconut Oil Help You Lose Weight and Trim Belly Fat?

A recent meta-analysis published in the March-April 2015 issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that the replacement of long-chain saturated fats (mostly animal fats) with 5 grams of Medium Chain Triglycerides (found in coconut and palm oil) over at least four weeks led to a statistically significant loss of 1.5lbs of total weight, 1.96lbs of body fat, and 0.7 inches in waist circumference (1)

Saturated fats are highly diverse, contrary to historical coverage by researchers and the media. There are over thirty different saturated fats that are sub-categorized by the length of carbons in their chemical structure. They are segregated into short-chain, medium-chain, and long-chain fatty acids.

Long-chain saturated fats are what we typically think of […]

Scientists Study The Gut and Skin Microbes From the Yanomami – An Amazon Tribe Isolated From Outside Contact For Over 11,0000 Years – Here’s What They Found

The gut ecosystem should look like a rainforest – rich with diversity with numerous species scattered about.  Without such diversity, research suggests that you may be at higher risk for allergic and autoimmune disorders.

Just as in the rainforest, when we lose diversity of plants and animals, we not only lose the organisms themselves, we lose out on research opportunities to discover new drugs or new solutions to old problems.

The data trend is relatively clear – the more Westernized the population, the less microbe diversity found on their skin and in their gut. Western diets and modern hygiene practices have been wiping out species of bacteria in our digestive tracts.

The long-term consequences are still unclear – but the findings have experts concerned.

Why the Focus on Gut […]