“Love is a strange game”. The well-known hit from the 1950s brought to the point what is scientifically understood by the biochemistry of love. Although the biochemical processes may seem rather strange, they are conclusive and understandable.
When two people meet, a kind of message transmission happens. Different chemical messengers are set in motion. Some of them work at close range, the others have a long-range effect.
The messengers of the biochemistry of love that travel a long way are the hormones.
These hormones are produced by the adrenal cortex, pituitary gland or pancreas. They swim in the blood and convey the news that someone triggers special feelings. These include cortisone, insulin and the sex hormones, which play an outstanding role in love. Testosterone and estrogen are the triggers of lust.
The short-haul messengers are called neutrotransmitters. The best known of these are adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine and serotonin. They have an important function in the biochemistry of love, because they create the connection between different nerve cells.
Neutrotransmitters are the good luck messengers, especially for new lovers.
Lust and passion and the tingling of the new are in the foreground and characterize the behavior towards each other. Newly in love have a high dopamine level. Noradrenaline is also responsible for the euphoria. Both neutrotransmitters act like a drug. Since the dose cannot be increased, the feeling of happiness subsides at some point in most couples. The brain reacts for its own protection and turns off the permanent euphoria.
This does not mean that the relationship ends automatically, because the bond is usually associated with being in love. However, it explains that long partnerships end abruptly when one of the partners encounters a person who has recently triggered these hormonal states of happiness. Then it decides whether the system can withstand the intoxicating new love.
The biochemistry of love does not have to lead to a happy ending. If the loved one lacks the transmitters, their own chemical reactions cannot change anything. Instead of euphoria, cold withdrawal follows, as with a drug addict. Only the time factor helps here. At some point the amounts of messenger substances are no longer missed and simply forgotten.
Nevertheless, serotonin should not be neglected in acute lovesickness. Serotonin deficiency can lead to physical illnesses, including anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders. The consumption of bananas, strawberries or pineapples can counteract this. Chocolate also boosts serotonin production.
What is commonly referred to as frustration eating is a healthy response from the body. The lovesick fight against the low mood. Anyone who fights his disappointment with culinary delights too extensively must fight his pounds later. Maybe with the joint wellness program with a new partner.
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