More on natural Oxytocin support from Paul Zak, PhD:
"Zak says, we should all be doing more to boost oxytocin in benign ways. He recommends a minimum of eight hugs a day (pets count, too); massage and even soppy movies seem to work: he has done the blood tests." from Meet Dr. Love article
"The best way to get more “O” into your life is with physical touch. You don’t have to be in love, have sex, or give birth to get a boost of oxytocin, although these experiences certainly do that! Non-sexual cuddling, hugging, making eye contact, and even shaking hands gets oxytocin flowing. Paul Zak, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the field of oxytocin research. He recommends
No one around? Cuddling your pet works too. Playing with or petting your dog increases oxytocin levels in both of you. (26)
Get a massage. It’s a reliable way to boost oxytocin levels and reduce stress. (27)
While a professional massage is a wonderful treat, it’s not necessary. Any kind of touch such as holding hands or getting a friendly back rub or pat on the shoulder will do. You can even benefit from a little self-massage. Rub your shoulder, your temples, or that tight spot between your eyes. Or do a little acupressure like the kind used in a popular relaxation technique called tapping.
Other Activities That Increase Oxytocin
Give someone you care about a gift. (28) It will delight them and boost your level of oxytocin.
Connecting and talking with friends can increase oxytocin significantly. Surprisingly, this works even if you can’t get together in person but connect via social media. (29)
Physical exercise, especially yoga, are other natural ways to increase oxytocin.
Temperature warmth is conducive to oxytocin release. This may be one reason people in warmer climates are generally thought to have warmer, friendlier personalities.
Listening to relaxing music and undergoing hypnosis boosts oxytocin. (30, 31)
Meditation, particularly loving kindness meditation, increases oxytocin as well. (32) Here’s a guided loving kindness meditation you can follow along with provided by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.
Self-soothing behaviors such as smoking and stress eating are two unhealthy ways to increase oxytocin. (33) One reason people may enjoy these habits is due to the oxytocin boost they’re getting."....
Give the people you’re with your undivided attention. That means putting down the darned phone and looking them in the eye.
Share leisurely meals with others.
Meditate, emphasizing loving kindness meditations over standard mindfulness meditation.
Enjoy soaking in a hot tub.
Stay in touch with others, even if it’s via social media. Surprisingly, 100% of the people he tested got a bump in oxytocin this way.
Engage in controlled thrill-seeking with others. Take a roller coaster ride. Go whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, or skydiving. (Zak personally experienced a 200% oxytocin spike from a tandem skydive jump.)
Tell people you love them.
Give and receive eight hugs a day. It will make you and others happier.
Magnesium Following are some interesting things I've read about magnesium:
"Magnesium is Indispensable. Magnesium is essential for the functioning of more than 300 different enzymes in the body, particularly those that produce, transport, store, and utilize energy. This includes:
Protein synthesis. DNA and RNA in our cells require magnesium for cell growth and development.
Sparking of the electrical signals that must travel throughout the miles of nerves in our bodies, including our brain, heart, and other organs.
Normal blood pressure, vascular tone, transmission of nerve cell signals, and blood flow.
"An abundant element on our planet, magnesium is also present in every organ in the human body. In fact, it’s considered a vital mineral for over 300 biochemical reactions that regulate our health and wellness... Magnesium is a helper in so many different bodily processes, sometimes it is the key to unlocking the benefits in therapies and remedies that don’t seem to be working. Magnesium has a role in the synthesis of essential molecules like DNA, RNA and proteins. In bones, cell membranes and chromosomes, magnesium makes up a large portion of the structural base. Magnesium also plays a large part in nutrient reactions and interactions, helping achieve absorption and balance in the body... It has been found that magnesium, despite being available in many dietary sources, is not best absorbed orally... the best way to regularly increase levels is using magnesium in a transdermal fashion." From Dr. Josh Axe's article (which I recommend reading in it's entirety) Magnesium Oil Benefits — from Sports Performance to Migraine Relief
"The importance of magnesium ions for all life itself, as well as for overall vibrant health, is hard to overstate. Magnesium is required to give the “spark of life” to metabolic functions involving the creation of energy and its transport (ATP, the body’s fundamental energy currency), and the creation of proteins—the nucleic acid chemistry of life—RNA and DNA, in all known living organisms. In plants, a magnesium ion is found at the center of every chlorophyll molecule, vital for the creation of energy from sunlight. Magnesium is an essential element for both animals and plants, involved in literally hundreds of enzymatic reactions affecting virtually all aspects of life. Every single cell in the human body demands adequate magnesium to function, or it will perish... Soft tissue containing the highest concentrations of magnesium in the body include the brain and the heart—two organs that produce a large amount of electrical activity, and which can be especially vulnerable to magnesium insufficiency... Magnesium operates as a natural calcium channel blocker and is responsible for relaxation—counter to calcium’s contraction. Thus magnesium is pivotally important to the healthy functioning of our parasympathetic nervous system. It may be hard to believe, but our bodies were actually designed to operate for the most part in a calm, relaxed parasympathetic state, rather than in the heart-pounding, stress- and adrenaline-driven mode of sympathetic nervous system dominance that is nearly constant for many of us today, and which uses up great quantities of magnesium." From The Weston A. Price Foundation article (another which I recommend reading in it's entirety) The Neglected Mineral We Cannot Life Without.
"The combination of increased intake of magnesium and potassium coupled with reduced sodium intake is more effective in reducing BP [blood pressure] than single mineral intake and is often as effective as one antihypertensive drug in treating hypertension... Magnesium also increases the effectiveness of all antihypertensive drug classes... Preliminary evidence suggests that insulin sensitivity, hyperglycemia, diabetes mellitus, left ventricular hypertrophy, and dyslipidemia may be improved with increased magnesium intake." From PubMed article by Houston,M entitled The role of magnesium in hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
"Adding magnesium to the bath (bicarbonate included) will benefit both mother and fetus in very important ways. Pregnancy cannot be normal unless magnesium levels are adequate. The concentration of magnesium in the placental and fetal tissues increases during pregnancy. The requirements for this element in a pregnant woman’s organism generally exceed its supply; hence, pregnancy should be considered a condition of ‘physiological hypomagnesemia’." From Dr. Mark Sircus' article Magnesium Baths for Safer Pregnancy and Birth [Same benefits can be implied for other topical/transdermal applications of magnesium.]
"At least 10 independent clinical studies show that patients with hypertension exhibit serum and/or tissue hypomagnesemia... Pregnant women with labor-induced hypertension have decreased blood levels of magnesium." From Dr. Tori Hudson's article High Blood Pressure -- Lifestyle Considerations.
"Without adequate magnesium, blood vessels constrict and blood pressure increases... Magnesium can prevent premature labor (because it calms contractions) as well as eclampsia." From Dr. Christiane Northrup's article Magnificent Benefits of Magnesium.