Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Love Drug…. 24×7


Flower_heartBeyond the advantages of having a date, love comes with numerous health gains also. Love invigorates spirits, heightens immunity, eliminates stress and has no side effects. Unravel the effects and ripple effects of love potencies…with Minoo Verma


Did you know that married couples having a positive relationship get pneumonia less frequently than the unmarried ones?

Equation is simple. Get more hugs = Get more oxytocin

Love cures people – both, the ones who give it and the ones who receive it………..Dr. Karl Menninger. Very soon you will read it on your doc’s prescription too. Seemingly, the most inexpensive drug but actually worth one’s life. Researchers have found that couples who have the most satisfying relationships with their spouses have the highest levels of oxytocin, a stress-reducing hormone. But, love is not just the forte of youth. It can be triggered at any age. The love hormone helps bond lover to lover, parents to children, and friend to friend.

Love chemistry
When in love, the pleasure centers of your brain go into over-drive and release two brain chemicals, the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, in huge amounts. These chemicals account for the feelings of joy, happiness, exhilaration, greater focus, intense energy and goal-directed behavior. This shows why one feels heavenly in love—It gives a high!

Clichéd but true-Love is therapeutic

Spate of researches have revealed that despite high risk factors like diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, men who felt loved by their wives experienced half the angina as men who felt their wives did not show them love. “When you feel loved nurtured, cared for, supported and intimate, you are much more likely to be happier & healthier. Psychologically being loved and sense of belongingness give a person a better mental & physical health. The person will also able to perform better in life”, says Dr. Arti Anand, psychologist, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Emotionally, physically and mentally-nothing heals better than love. Natasha a young woman in her thirties and an alcoholic was dying of a haemorrhaging liver. Doctors said her liver was the equivalent of an eighty-year-old alcoholic and they had lost all hopes. But the immense love and empathy that she received from her husband and family transformed her life completely. Not only did she quit the nasty habit but also dragged her self out of the depression she was dying in.

Love and affection towards the person helps him to cope with the illness faster. Even the treating doctor needs to show love and concern towards their patients to gain their trust and cure them. “As regards skin disorders there are certain diseases where love plays an important role. Diseases like Psoriasis, Acne Vulgaris, Psychocutaneous disorders like Trichotillomania and psychosexual disorders require great care, love and affection of the family to cure them. Psoriasis is a life long disorder. Patients of psoriasis are bound to go under severe depression because of the disease and the social stigma attached to it. For these patients, family plays an important role in there life. If the family people are caring and affectionate towards the patient it gives the patient immense courage to fight diseases like such.” Dr. Dhruv Gupta, senior consultant dermatology with Paras Hospitals.

The therapeutic effects of love and intimacy extend deeply into the physical act of lovemaking. Medical studies have shown that a steamy sex life is a gateway to a healthier and longer life, better heart health, a healthier disease fighting system, better control over chronic illness, lower rates of depression and even protection against some cancers. Another study proved that, men who have sex more than two times a week live longer than men who have sex less than once a month. This applies to the young as well as the elderly. Regular indulgence in love making also promotes prostate health by reducing the likelihood of fluid build-up in the organ. For women, lovemaking increases estrogen levels, which lowers their risk of cardiovascular diseases. Both partners benefit from emotional intimacy during sex, which eases stress and fosters an overall sense of well-being…Get set to embark on the love journey. It is blissful.

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