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There is a wealth of information available to all who wish to know more about wellness. There are some nuggets of wisdom we could all benefit from.

It’s been called the love drug by brain experts. Oxytocin, a hormone that acts as a neuro-modulator in the brain, plays a major role in sexual intimacy and reproduction. Have you ever wondered what “glue” keeps couples together?

More than you may realize it, love is a chemical connection, too.

The word oxytocin is derived from Greek, meaning “quick birth,” after its uterine-contracting properties were discovered in 1906 by Sir Henry Hallet Dale, a British pharmacologist.

Because of its role in human behavior, including pair bonding, maternal feelings and orgasm, it is sometimes referred to as a love hormone.

This hormone can act even from a distance, as evidenced by lovers who are physically separated from each other but still feel connected. This connectedness is what neutralizes their separation anxiety.

Released by the pituitary gland, oxytocin evokes feelings of calm, contentment and security around one’s mate. It is the “glue” that is involved in human bonding, even among friends.

So the next time you encounter an instant bonding with someone special, it could be your oxytocin has met its match.

Compulsive thinking

It’s a malady of the 21st century to become constantly thinking, and planning out our lives to achieve whatever goals we have set for ourselves. Whether it’s to make money, fame, we are driven to move forward. This tidal force of thoughts, if allowed to take control of your time, energy and feelings will create constant stress. When you are constantly on the move, you create a state of internal turmoil.

According to Dr. Gordon Reynolds in “Ageless” by Suzanne Somers, by age 35, women’s progesterone levels would have dropped, and stress speeds up the process of aging and hormone imbalance.

All it takes is one hormone to cause an imbalance. Now women can begin to understand why they are feeling unnecessarily anxious, nervous, impatient, hot-tempered. It’s the hormones!

It is advisable for women to have hormone blood tests done in their 30s onward, and men by age 40. Women, especially, are susceptible to heart disease when testosterone levels decrease. So, beware, ladies.

Anti-aging recommendations

1. Nutritious diet: If women in their 50s have not had serious menopausal symptoms, it’s because of a healthy diet.

2. Testosterone can affect your married life. A drop in this level can cause low libido and heart problems.

3. Take charge of your life. Be proactive with your health plan. And don’t be afraid to challenge your doctor if there is something he prescribes that may not agree with you. Be informed.

4. Diet and exercise can keep you young.

The chemicals in our environment can be absorbed by the body for many years. Eventually, toxic buildup will put an enormous strain on our vital organs. The toxic burden may lead to decreased immune function, hormonal dysfunction, depression, leukemia, arthritis, rheumatism, attention deficit disorder and cancer.

Many of the things we have at home and at work can harm us slowly but surely.

Cleanup tips:

— Install air and water purifiers.

— Use natural-fiber clothing bed coverings.

— Use nontoxic house paint and household cleaners.

— If you are going to use a microwave oven, use glass, not plastic.

— Drink water from glass bottles.

— Use natural home pesticides. Refer to “1001 All-Natural Secrets to a Pest-Free Property” by Dr. Myles Bader.

Today’s affirmation: “My life is clear and pure.”

Love and light!

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