Humans are extremely social beings, with an utter need to find company, affection and serenity. The empathy, benevolence, reciprocal attention and the feeling of security that an emotional relationship procures play an important role on the physical and mental health of the partners.
So, love is not just a feeling, but it translates into profound variations in hormones that cause real changes in your body. And in this article, we’ll tell you all about what love secretely does to your body !
1. Your brain produces dopamine (causing euphoria).
When we fall in love, our brain produces three hormones in large quantities: dopamine, adrenaline and norepinephrine.
Mainly, the feeling of euphoria is triggered by dopamine. While the rapid heartbeat and insomnia are linked to the production of adrenaline and norepinephrine.
Also, having an active sex life also increases a couple’s state of happiness and stimulates the production in the brain of endorphins, substances which modify the state of tranquility and good humor.
2. Love lowers our blood pressure.
Making love regularly, sharing dinner, or just having a good time together is very helpful in preventing chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure. Why ? Well, tests on people in love have shown a significant 30% reduction in stress levels, anxiety and a lower propensity for substance abuse which can often help reduce even high emotional tensions.
3. Your pain tolerance might increase.
Love produces endorphins. This has a positive effect on the perception of pain, which makes love a true natural pain reliever.
Even if you have headaches, sex helps relieve them. A German study of 60% of patients with migraine showed that people who had sex reported relief from pain.
In women, love has analgesic effects by raising the pain threshold: regular sexual activity strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, keeping them toned and reducing period pain.
4. Your physical health is likely to improve.
As mentioned before, love lowers tension and calms anxieties. Better yet, according to a British study, having sex three times a week increases life expectancy by 10 years. And a satisfying erotic life reduces the risk of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Furthermore, having sex at least twice a week leads to an increase in antibodies in the body (about 30%) compared to those who are less active.
5. It might strengthen your bones.
According to a recent Brazilian study, oxytocin (the hormone of love) could help protect the bones of women during peri-menopause.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that affects 39% of women aged 65 and over. Characterized by an acceleration of bone remodeling, (this natural phenomenon which makes it possible to repair and renew the skeleton), this pathology leads to a decrease in bone density.
So the brazilian researchers may have discovered a new way to preserve bone density and skeletal strength in women going through menopause: oxytocin, or more simply, falling in love!
6. You can experience stomach issues.
Lovers often feel “butterflies in their stomach”, it’s that sweet feeling, but a love pathology that is regularly manifested by the urge to vomit.
These famous butterflies that we feel in our stomachs are in fact the stress we experience when we are in the presence of a loved one. As a result, our brain triggers an adrenaline rush in response to stress. The adrenaline will therefore drive the blood out of the stomach. It is during its evacuation that a tingling feeling occurs in the abdomen, commonly known as “butterflies”.
7. Unrequited love could make you ill.
Our body is a “mirror of our emotions”, manifesting in many symptoms. As we observe it from the beginnings of a romantic relationship. Likewise, our bodies are likely to express themselves when the situation becomes uncomfortable or painful. So when a strong emotion arises, due to a breakup, an argument, a distance, your body reflects it.
In addition to the classic and well-known loss of appetite or on the contrary, the inexplicable need to pounce on “comfort food”. Nausea, insomnia, a feeling of suffocation and a “tight heart” or a slow heart rate and even depression are common symptoms of being separated from our loved ones.
In the beginning of a love phase, the brain releases the pleasure hormones dopamine and oxytocin at will. During the breakup, painful heartache sometimes results in the release of stress hormones, cortisol, epinephrine and more specifically adrenaline, which belongs to the catecholamine family. These heartaches can even lead to death when they’re very intense. So be careful, protect your heart, and love safely!