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Did You Know- 02/27/2017

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1. When women gossip, their levels of the ‘Love Hormone’ oxytocin go up. This is according to researchers from the University of Pavia in Italy. This makes the gossipers feel closer to each other regardless of their mood or personality type. Another way of getting the Oxytocin shot is by giving your friend a hug. Now that is more positive I am thinking.

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2. Garlic repairs glass cracks? yep amazing. If you have a glass with a hairline crack, try cutting a garlic clove in half and gently rubbing it against the cracks. The high concentration of sucrose compounds will act as an adhesive.

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3. Most of us thought there was only 7 continents. Apparently not. Geologists are now arguing there is an 8th. ‘Zealandia’ consists of NZ and Caledonia. It could be known as the smallest continent of all. It is not official as yet but will be when enough scientists get on board.

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4. A few times each year, thousands of fish meet up to for one giant ‘tuna tornado’ because they do most of their breeding outside their bodies. The tuna gather themselves into a living tornado of reproduction, which acts as a moving wall that encircles a protected space where they can release a large volume of egg and sperm all at once .

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5. Some farmers feed their cows Skittles. The reason being candy, chocolate, cereal or molasses is a cheap substitute for corn. The sugar reportedly helps cows with digestion,, increase milk production and fattens up the beef cattle. Mars, inc sells their unused skittles to companies that melt them down and add them to livestock feed which is cheaper to buy than corn as corn at times is to high a price to be economical.

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Did You Know – 08/17/2015

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  1. Cuddling (and other acts of love) help to heal physical wounds faster due to the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin is  hormone that simultaneously acts as a neurotransmitter. It is released during orgasm in both sexes and is associated with feelings of love or attachment after sexual acts.

The wonderful things about Oxytocin is:

  1. Easy to get. – Just hug someone
  2. A love potion that’s built right in
  3. It helps mom to be mom
  4.  Reduces social fears
  5. Healing and pain relief
  6. A diet aid
  7. An antidepressant
  8. Stress relief
  9. Increases generosity
  10.  It’s what makes us human

To find out more details on this list go to: 1o9.com

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2. Physical touch makes you healthier:

Whether it’s a squeeze of the hand, a big bear hug, a kneading massage, even a bedroom romp, touch is shaping up to be the ultimate mind-body medicine.

From lowering blood pressure and heart rate to increasing immune function and relieving pain, getting touched or doing some touching makes you healthier — not to mention happier and less anxious.

Hugging your pet is equally beneficial

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3. Crying releases stress hormones or toxins from the body, which is why you feel better after crying.

Crying is considered a release, a psychological tonic, and to many a glimpse of something deeper: the heart’s own sign language, a form of emotional perspiration.

So if you feel like a cry have one, its good for you.

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4.Google’s founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999—but Excite turned them down.
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5. There was a third Apple founder. Ronald Wayne (pictured at home in 2010) sold his 10% stake for $800 in 1976. Ouch!!

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Did you know – 11/26/2012

1. Hugging for 20 seconds releases Oxytocin, which can make someone trust you more

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2.  Astronauts have a patch of Velcro inside their helmets so they can scratch their nose.

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3.  In the 1800’s it was considered cruel and unusual punishment to feed prisoners lobster. It was like making people eat rats

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4.  Gandhi used to sleep naked next to young indian girls in order to test his resolve to chastity.

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5. Since 1945  all British Tanks have come equipped with tea making facilities

Every British tank since the centurion and most other British AFVs, Challenger 2 contains a boiling vessel (BV) also known as a kettle or bivvie for water which can be used to brew tea produce other hot beverages and heat boil-in-the-bag meals contained in  ration packs This BV requirement is general for armoured vehicles of the British Armed Forces, and is unique to the armed forces of the UK.

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Oxytocin “The Love Hormone”

Oxytocin, according to the American Psychological Association, appears to trigger physical and psychological behaviour of both Men and Women.
This hormone originates in the brain and produced by the hypothalamus, transfers to the pituitary gland and then off to the bloodstream. The oxytocin receptors are found on the cells throughout the body.

The levels of Oxytocin are normally higher when the body is subject to positive thoughts and stimulation. It has been observed oxytocin has a role in many behaviours including orgasm, social recognition, pair bonding and maternal behaviours. Hence the name “Love Hormone”. (Wikipedia)

This love hormone has immense sway over the way we feel when we make love, how we give birth, and how successful we are at breastfeeding and connect to the new-born.

Oxytocin can be released by stimulation of senses such as touch and warmth, Ingestion of  enjoyable food, pleasant sound and light. Any form of positive environment will stimulate oxytocin and lead to a well balanced and healthy life.

Of all the hormones in the body, oxytocin probably gives us the greatest happiness in life. The prototype for the effect of this “hormone of love” has to be the amazing love a mother has for her baby. Oxytocin may in fact be an important influence on who we become later in life. Messing with it could be messing with the very blueprint of life!

The bad news
Oxytocin is under threat in our society and with this threat come serious consequences. Fear and stress are probably two of the greatest threats to the hormone. Michel Odent, the famous French obstetrician, writes in his book The Scientification of Love that the price the human race has paid for civilisation is problems with low sex drive, difficult childbirth and difficulties breastfeeding, and post natal depression.

Teresa McGuinness, MD, PhD, is a UCSF clinical psychiatry faculty member and co-author of the paper on oxytocin, In the study it was found that because oxytocin is released in men and women during sexual orgasm, it may be involved in adult bonding.

Women whose oxytocin levels rose in response to massage and remembering a positive relationship reported having little difficulty setting appropriate boundaries, being alone, and trying too hard to please others.

Women whose oxytocin levels fell in response to remembering a negative emotional relationship reported greater problems with experiencing anxiety in close relationships.

So from what I read here , guys say they don’t understand women and ‘don’t know what women want’, well here is your answer – more oxytocin. A recipe for a satisfied woman.
More on this subject go to http://www.oxytocin.org/oxytoc/index.html

Here are the effects of Oxytocin

  • Promotes attachment
  • Helps to strengthen relationships
  • Helps ease stress
  • Fond memories help produce oxytocin
  • Produced in large amounts at childbirth
  • Helps boost sexual arousal
  • Reduces cravings
  • Improves social skills
  • Triggers protective instincts
  • Induces sleep
  • Fosters Generosity

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Love & Fear

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Do you know what happens inside our bodies in reaction to love and fear? I didn’t know, but I was intrigued when I researched it and now I’m going to share it with here.

It all started off by me reading an article today about Love and Fear, which I thought was so interesting. I had no idea about the actual chemical process that is triggered by Love and Fear.

A threatening stimuli cause stress hormones of adrenalin and Cortisol. By contrast, love, or soothing stimuli, causes the increase of the hormone Oxytocin.

Sudden fright or fear is associated with the production of Adrenaline, which in turn increases the heart rate, causing muscle reaction and alertness. You become sweaty, your breathing becomes more rapid and you often feel a shiver go through your body.

Long-term stress or fear produces Cortisol. Cortisol has a different effect on the body than adrenaline. Cortisol is more detrimental to the body. Cortisol begins to break down non-essential organs and tissues to keep blood sugars available to feed vital organs. Chronic production of Cortisol at high levels (long periods of stress) begins to digest bones, muscles and joints to get these essential nutrients.

What happens in this case is blood fats and sugar become elevated. This is a cause of many disorders; one of them is reaching for high-calorie foods.

An example of prolonged stress that can cause health problems is the threat of loosing your job, commuting in heavy traffic each day to work, an unreasonable boss and dreading going to work. Marriage problems can also create stress that produces Cortisol. These problem or life issues may not be always be outwardly physically detrimental to the body, but the production of Cortisol, because of this stress, is extremely hard indirectly on the body.

Fortunately for us our amazing body system has a hormone to counteract the harmful hormones. The anti-stress hormone is called Oxytocin. Oxytocin can promote better health.

We need to know how to kick Oxytocin hormones into gear so that our stressful conditions do not destroy our bodies.

There is a lot of ways that can help our body produces Oxytocin:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Prayer
  • Pets
  • Support groups
  • Stillness, love and appreciation
  • Laughter and joy
  • Intimate relationships
  • Cuddling
  • Stroking
  • Companionship and caring

The more Oxcytocin the body makes the stronger our immune system is and our body and mind become stronger also. The more Oxytocin the body produces the more nerve cell’s receptors grow. I guess it’s like a healthy plant; the more you feed it the more it grows and spreads.

Oxytocin has many positive affects on the body:

  • Allow you to handle fear in a more controlled manner
  • Helps to heal
  • Helps reduce addictions such as sugar, food and chemical addictions
  • Helps you live longer and healthier
  • Helps make you more receptive sexually
  • Helps with confidence
  • Keeps you calm and relaxed

So this is a good example of why you should try to keep you life as stress-free as you can. Stress and fear have obviously got a lot of harmful effects on the body and mind; if not controlled they will have long term and terminal results.

On the other hand the effects of love and joy are so beneficial for the body.

I had very little knowledge of the chemical effects of these hormones and find it quite fascinating, as I do with all our body functions. Our body is quite the perfectly designed machine.

Needs to be serviced regularly to keep it in top form.

Never take it for granted.

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