Support Your Immune System: Simple Truths

A Study published in September 2014 from Bar-llan University in Israel examined early-stage romantic love and associated distinct brain activations … neuro-hormonal processes that function to promote the bond between lovers. Researchers observed the functioning of the HPA (Hypthalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis) and the correlation between the stress hormone Cortisol and interactions between the lovers.

Cortisol production was compared between 2 groups: 79 new lovers who began a romantic relationship within the past 3 months, and 34 demographically matched singles.
Cortisol levels were collected three times per day.

New lovers exhibited lower daily Cortisol levels and production, suggesting that the initiation of a romantic bond attenuates the stress response.
Social reciprocity, goal-directed partnership, and reported commitment to the relationship were associated with lower daily Cortisol.

Findings in this study were consistent with research on the effects of intimate partner relationships on the human stress response, and demonstrated links between neuroendocrine processes and reciprocal social behavior during periods of bond formation in humans.
This hormone pays a part in regulation of blood pressure, Insulin release for blood sugar maintenance, immune function and inflammatory response. It is present in the body in higher levels in the morning, and at its lowest at night. It has been called “the stress hormone” because it is also secreted in high levels during the body’s “fight or flight” response to stress. It is responsible for several stress-related changes in the body.
In the modern world, the human stress response is activated so frequently that the body seldom has an opportunity to recover. This chronic state of stress results in prolonged high levels of Cortisol which are associated with many negative conditions including lowered immunity and increased inflammatory responses.

Bottom Line:
Its good to be in love; in a balanced, reciprocal committed partnership with lots of juicy romance … so keep the passion alive; its an excellent way to support your immune function and health.



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