These are groups of molecules that are produced by glands, under the control of the brain.
Overall, we know some important aspects of what’s good for our health.
This hormone is best known for its role in childbirth, helping prepare the female body for delivery. In addition to the mother’s natural supply, additional oxytocin may be added during labour via a drip to help with birth.
Scientists have shown that altruism is a basic human need. These behaviours are thought to be reinforced by positive feedback from dopamine, which is stimulated by giving and selflessness.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that controls the release of a range of hormones and melatonin regulates sleep and wakefulness.
Also known as the stress hormone, cortisol is made in the adrenal gland along with its better known counterpart, adrenaline. It is released in response to stress and works to increase blood sugar levels in order to prime the body for the flight or fight response.