Let me share with you an emerging experience that my group and I are revealing, a phenomenon I call the “Oxytocin Deficiency Syndrome,” or ODS.
You may already recognize the hormonal agent oxytocin as “the hormone of love,” provided its association with feelings of love. Anyone who has actually experienced love for another individual, a child, pet, and so on has actually experienced a surge in oxytocin. It is likewise the hormone of compassion and of being able to understand somebody elses perspective.
Therapeutically, administration of oxytocin was believed to be helpful for absolutely nothing more than provoking uterine contraction to cause labor and provide an infant. If a pregnant mommy, for example, wants to deliver her child at 8 am on Wednesday, August 23rd, she would be confessed to the medical facility on the picked day, then offered an injection of oxytocin that immediately caused uterine contraction, cervical relaxation, and delivery of the infant. In other words, till recently, oxytocin was seen as a hormone with vital functions appropriate only to childbearing.
Or so it was believed.
Oxytocin has actually more recently been associated with a wide range of health effects that consist of:
My team and I have actually been evaluating baseline oxytocin levels and, lo and behold, there is wide variation: some begin high, many start low, some start with nearly no oxytocin. As you would anticipate from the list of oxytocins impacts, shortage of oxytocin can be experienced as lack of empathy, lowered ability to analyze social hints, quickly aging skin, loss of muscle mass, loss of libido, loss of bone density, interrupted sleep, increased appetite, weight gain, and decreased resistance.
Oxytocin injection is not practical, of course, specifically given that the results of this path of administration last only a few minutes. You might take oxytocin through intranasal inhalation, but that requires a prescription, provides oxytocin to the brain and not very successfully to the rest of the body, and likewise lasts no more than 90 minutes. My preliminary evidence recommends that individuals who begin with lower levels of oxytocin are the most likely to experience benefits such as smoother skin, deeper sleep, and suppression of hunger.
With such a remarkable variety of physiological effects, and a track record of security with essentially no unfavorable effects (other than, oddly, for occasional aggressiveness observed in some kids with autism and a condition called Prader-Willi syndrome), it might be advantageous to restore oxytocin levels that can drop as we age.
Are there some individuals who have lower oxytocin levels than others? Absolutely. My group and I have been assessing standard oxytocin levels and, lo and behold, there is wide variation: some start high, numerous begin low, some start with almost absolutely no oxytocin. I identify people with low beginning levels “Oxytocin Deficiency Syndrome.” As you would forecast from the list of oxytocins effects, shortage of oxytocin can be experienced as absence of compassion, lowered capability to interpret social cues, quickly aging skin, loss of muscle mass, loss of sex drive, loss of bone density, interrupted sleep, increased cravings, weight gain, and minimized immunity.
Oxytocin injection is unwise, of course, particularly given that the impacts of this path of administration last only a few minutes. You could take oxytocin via intranasal inhalation, however that needs a prescription, provides oxytocin to the brain and not really efficiently to the rest of the body, and also lasts no more than 90 minutes.
Lactobacillus reuteri to the rescue. Remember that 96% of people have lost this important microbe, one amongst lots of microorganisms lost from the modern human microbiome due to prescription antibiotics and other elements. We know that restoration of L. reuteri increases oxytocin levels. My initial evidence suggests that individuals who start with lower levels of oxytocin are the most likely to experience benefits such as smoother skin, deeper sleep, and suppression of hunger. Preferably, we would initially have your baseline oxytocin level evaluated to know whether you are likely to experience advantage or not. Different measures of oxytocin remain a research tool and are not yet available through medical laboratories. We are left rather in the dark for the present, simply consuming the yogurt in the hopes that you will be among those with partial or complete actions. In future, I d like to see everyone have a baseline oxytocin level acquired to know simply how much benefit you can expect by restoring this hormone.
See this Wheat Belly Blog post that reveals how to make it if you have actually not yet begun to make L. reuteri yogurt.
Mental/emotional results– compassion, love, recognition of social cues (e.g., facial expressions), decrease of social stress and anxiety. Preliminary proof even suggests that oxytocin blocks a lot of the phenomena of cellular aging (consisting of telomere length) brought on by social seclusion.
Upkeep of skin health– sebum production, dermal collagen production, fibroblast activity
Upkeep of muscle mass– Muscle is something we lose as we age, losing approximately a third, typically more, of vibrant muscle mass, an impact a minimum of partly attributable to declining oxytocin.
Maintenance of libido– and mating/reproductive behavior related to sex drive
Maintenance of bone density– that we likewise lose with aging, partly brought back with increased oxytocin
Upkeep of sleep structure– affecting period of sleep and period of deep sleep and REM
Suppression of cravings– the so-called “anorexigenic” impact. This causes weight loss.
Increased lipolysis– i.e., fat “burning”.
Increased release of growth hormone.
Increased volume of testicular Leydig cells that produce testosterone in males.
Maintenance of the immune action– including T-cell immunity and thymic volume (The thymus is the seat of T-cell immunity.).