As a daily user of this product I decided to take a deeper dive into this product, the ingredients and what all this stuff means as well how it works. In my previous article I wrote about the D in DOSE or Dopamine. In this article were going to talk about the “O” in DOSE or, Oxytocin.
Oxytocin is sometimes referred to as the “Love Drug”. Oxytocin is a special chemical that creates the “feeling” of falling in love. It also influences the digestive system. It has shown to be effective at reducing gastrointestinal inflammation, as well, alleviate food sensitivities, autoimmune infections and candida infections.
Both men and women experience a surge in Oxytocin when boding. This also occurs with our children. Oxytocin enhances a sense of optimism, trust and self-esteem.
During child breath a mother and the fetus both release this hormone. This helps in the bonding of the mother and the child. This also helps to stimulate uterine contractions.
According to an article by Dr Michael Epitropoulos, here are a few situations where levels will diminish.
1. Childhood Trauma – Trauma experienced during infancy or childhood can have a negative impact on Oxytocin levels for a lifetime. The body and mind will engage in a defense mechanism that reduces levels of Oxytocin.
2. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – This is a condition where stress and anxiety where experienced at an extreme level. Although Oxytocin can help reduce stress and anxiety, it does not affect the trauma or memories.
3. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – In some cases of Autism, the receptor sites of Oxytocin are genetically unavailable or nonexistent. The production of Oxytocin is found to be low in cases of ASD.
It also plays a be role in “Gut Health”. The Gut is often referred to as the second brain. The gut has a network of nerve cells that are connected to the brain. For more information on this topic see Dr Michael Gershons book, The Second Brain.
Oxytocin can also reduce the production of Cortisol (stress hormone). It can also help with lowering blood pressure.
Because Oxytocin receptors are found in the stomach, healing the gut is as important as the brain when working to reverse the affects of childhood trauma. The best way to help is to include probiotics and prebiotics to the diet. Things like, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha tea, fermented pickles, and plain yogurt.
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