Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I have just read, literally, 30 pages of my blogs to see if I had already posted this It is from Health Briefs by Susan T. Lennon. I don't know the date it was in the Sunday paper. BUT I like it and wanted to share it.
(old pic of two of my grandchildren)
Hug your sweetie daily
Hugging a loved on reduces blood pressure.
Pets and massage also trigger hormone that reduces stress and blood pressure.
Hugging, sitting close to or holding hands with your loved one can make you feel good. Ditto for snuggling with your baby. Ever wonder why?
Physical affection and social bonding stimulate oxytocin, a hormone that turns on dopamine, a natural brain chemical that makes us feel rewarded. When ocytocin is flowing, stress is reduced, blood pressure goes down, mood improves, and pain is more manageable.
And couples who have affectionate comtact several times a day have higher oxytocin levels than those who don't reports a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"The oxytocin system can be a trickle, or it can be a rushing stream," says researcher Kathleen Light, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry. "The more you use it, the more likely it will turn into a rushing stream."
No partner? No baby? No problem.
Use these other oxytocin boosters:
Pets. Published research shows that stroking a loved animal increases the oxytocin levels for both the human and the pet.
Massage. A good rubdown can release oxytocin. The more frequently you do it, the more groomed the system becomes to release oxytocin, Light says.