A Wise Physician said, “The best medicine for Humans is LOVE.” Someone asked, “If it doesn’t work?” He smiled and answered, “ Increase the dose.”
Illnesses caused by low levels of essential nutrients, minerals and vitamin are a given. Illness caused by excess wrong types of food are as well. Have you ever considered how Love affects your health as well?
“Vitamin L” is critically important in infants as you would know. Lack of it can cause developmental and mental problems later on (1). Babies who are not held and hugged enough will literally stop growing and if the situation continues may eventually die.
In adult life we need a good dose of Vitamin L for optimal health. This vitamin energises us and gives us purposes. It is greatly important to health function and circulation of warmth and good feelings. The digestion of food depends on it. When we eat in a relaxed peaceful state we allow our bodies to take in and absorb the nutrients as opposed to being stressed out or angry where the nutrients often go straight through us. Regular love balances out our nervous system. Endorphins are natural feel good chemicals and natural tranquillisers and are increased with love. Oxytocin decreases the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, and lowers your blood pressure response to anxiety triggering events.
Where can Vitamin L be found? In nature, friends, family, pets and home cooked meals made with whole foods. Fear, anger, worry, self-concern can destroy Vitamin L.
Start to take inventory of your environment and notice what is depleting you of love. How do you feel when you see certain people? When possible, eliminate or pull back from relationships that do not have Vitamin L reciprocity. Surround yourself daily with loved ones who are uplifting, supportive and nurturing. Have love, respect and care for yourself.
A famous quote by psychotherapist Virginia Satir goes, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth” (2).
Take care of yourself, mind, body and soul x