Nurturing the Love Hormone

As February, the month of Valentine's Day and self-love, unfolds, it's the perfect time to talk about oxytocin, often celebrated as the 'love hormone'. This remarkable hormone not only fosters emotional bonding and reduces stress, but also plays a pivotal role in our gut health and overall wellbeing. Let's dive into how certain foods can stimulate oxytocin production and how our products at You're Looking Well support this harmonious interplay between diet, gut health, and emotional wellbeing.

Photography by Matt Krygowksi Words by Joe and Anthony

Oxytocin and Gut Health Connection

Groundbreaking research has revealed that gut resident bacteria, such as L. reuteri, can significantly influence oxytocin levels. These bacteria have been found to reduce gut inflammation and promote behaviours linked to social bonding, which are mediated by oxytocin (Baylor College of Medicine, 2023).

The Role of Sleep in Oxytocin Production

Quality sleep is vital for balanced hormone levels, including oxytocin. Our Night Pill, containing sleep-supportive ingredients like L-Theanine and Magnesium, aids in achieving restful sleep, thus potentially supporting oxytocin balance.

Stress Management and Oxytocin

Managing stress is crucial for maintaining healthy oxytocin levels. Studies also show an inverse relationship with cortisol (stress hormone) and oxytocin (love hormone) meaning that when your cortisol level goes up, your oxytocin level goes down. Our skincare routine, featuring the calming Day Cream and Night Cream, offers a daily ritual that helps regulate stress and promote oxytocin production.

Dietary Boosters for Oxytocin

Foods rich in tryptophan, like turkey and eggs, can potentially increase oxytocin production, enhancing feelings of wellbeing. Incorporating probiotic-rich foods, such as yoghurt, or supplementation (eg our Day Pill) supports this process by maintaining a healthy gut, a key player in oxytocin regulation.

Vitamins and Oxytocin

While more conclusive research is needed, studies have shown that foods containing vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and D may trigger the hormone oxytocin. B vitamins and vitamin D can be found in our Day Pill.

In this season of love and self-care, understanding the role of oxytocin in our emotional and physical health is essential. By nourishing it through diet, stress management, and quality sleep, you can embrace a 360° approach to wellness. Our products, designed to align with your body's natural rhythms, not only enhance your skin's health but also your overall sense of wellbeing.