Love Hormone

Benefits of oxytocin
Oxytocin, the so called “love hormone,” has a number of positive effects. 

Some studies show that besides it’s well-known functions in breast feeding, child birth, and sexual arousal, it:
  • Increases generosity, empathy, and trust
  • Reduces fear, stress, depression, and physical pain
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves sleep
  • Helps us bond with others
  • It may even decrease our tolerance for addictive drugs
Oxytocin is released into our bodies a number of ways. Mothers get strong doses of it during childbirth and breast feeding, and it’s even released when we interact with our family dog (read more). 

In our marriage relationship, it’s released through physical touch as well as sexual intimacy. Oxytocin is one reason experts recommend an active sex life for married couples. It’s good for our physical heart health and our emotional heart health. 

I am fascinated by the complex, specific ways God has created our bodies for love, marriage and parenthood. Oxytocin is not an accident of evolution but a part of God’s intelligent, loving design.

As we seek to follow God’s plan and purpose for our marriages, it’s encouraging to know He’s already prepared so many details to give us proper physical and emotional attitudes toward our partner.

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us” 1 John 3

Sources: 10 Surprising Benefits of Sex;  About Oxytocin;  Med Terms
image source FREE DIGITAL PHOTO: Older couple

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  1. Isn't that so awesome? What an amazing God we have! We're neighbors today at Yes They're All Ours ;) Blessings!

  2. I recently read a book that was talking about all the benefits of Oxytocin, pretty interesting. :)
    I would love for you to share this at Matrimonial Mondays on my blog. (yes I know it's Tuesday lol)

  3. Great post, Gail. This really is interesting and makes me want to learn more!! Thanks so much for sharing this on WholeHearted Home this week.


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