What exactly does love actually do to our body?

Otile Brown and Nabayet

Being in love is sometimes shown by symptoms that are also associated with various diseases – dizziness, nausea or tachycardia are just a few of the many reactions of the body.

The hormones are to blame. It is not only a single hormone that is responsible for the body’s reactions, but rather a whole cocktail of hormones.

Being in love when the chemistry is right

The butterflies in the stomach are caused by the messenger substances that shoot through the body when feelings are processed in the brain. The abdominal area is particularly sensitive to this and reacts with the well-known tingling sensation.

But other brain areas are activated by being in love. Similar to other addictions, longing for a partner triggers a response in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that is also involved in addiction.

An increased release of the “happiness hormone” dopamine makes newly-in-love people feel ‘intoxicated’. If a couple separates again, the lovesickness is therefore also like drug withdrawal.

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