Why love feels so good

Falling in love makes you feel on cloud nine; it is the feeling of intoxication!

Scientists have discovered that the same chemical process that takes place with addiction happens when you fall in love. Flushed cheeks, a racing heartbeat, sweaty hands together with an altered biochemistry within your body are signs of being in love.

Sniffing your mate out
Scents have a powerful effect when it comes to romance; they are like aphrodisiacs, which evoke desires. The concept of pheromones is all about sexual scents of attraction. It has been well understood in animals but in humans it is a debated issue.

In 1985 researchers from the University of Colorado, US, found that similar to mammals, a vomeronasal organ (VNO), which responds to pheromones, was also found in the noses of humans. But Dr Richard Doty at the Penn State University's School of Medicine, US and the author of the book The Great Pheromone Myth has opposing views. According to him human pheromones do not exist and the attraction chemicals are all in the mind.

Every pheromone molecule carries with it your one-of-akind chemical signature, which is as unique as your DNA. It is thought that the sweat glands produce an odourless chemical; a pheromone that is detected by the opposite sex and processed through an area of the brain that determines sexual suitability. The function of pheromones is to identify and attract a potential mate. Animals do so by sniffing pheromones in the urine or sweat.

Love feels so good!
Some chemicals within your brain make you feel wonderful when you are in love. Your skin glows, you tend to blush more often and you want to look good - all this relies on the biochemistry within. Dr Helen Fisher at the Rutgers University, New Jersey, US has reported that falling in love involves sex hormones testosterone and estrogens, which play a major role in the sex drive of women. For the attachment to last, two hormones; oxytocin and vasopressin released by the central nervous system are essential.

Dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin, - neurotransmitters in the brain act in the love-struck phase when you lose your sleep and appetite and you begin to daydream.

Norepinephrine causes the heart to pound and the palms to sweat while dopamine gives you pleasure. According to Dr Ashit Sheth, consultant psychiatrist and honorary professor of psychiatry, Bombay Hospital, "When you fall in love, the brain is aroused and there is an increase in the dopamine secretion, which motivates a person thus developing an attitude towards the partner."

Making of a love potion
Pheromones, chemicals in the brain and hormones have attracted perfume ma ire to increase or decrease love. Scientists suggest that your genes seem to be the masters of employing and deploying these odours and chemicals. There may not be pheromone magic potions or special concoctions of attraction. But you can simply raise your own natural pheromones according to the Pheromone Information Library. All in all you need to take care of your health and wellness to ooze out those attraction chemicals.

Tips to raise your attraction chemicals
Good health and fitness exudes self-confidence and attracts the opposite sex Regular exercise helps release toxins from the body through sweat. Exercise also boosts testosterone levels Zinc helps raise the production of testosterone levels and raises immunity. Be sure to take medical advice before you start a supplement; excess zinc can be toxic Synthetic form of DHEA (10 mg per day) can help. However, DHEA is produced naturally by the body Personal hygiene is an important aspect of attraction. Make sure you keep yourself clean.

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