I’m Not Hungry. I’m Full Of Butterflies.

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     We've all had them.  That fluttery sensation in your stomach at the beginning of your love story.  That first brush of their hand, or the moment just before your first kiss.  People, for centuries, have called them "butterflies in your stomach," but what's the weird science behind them?  And why do we get butterflies?

     It's actually your brain sensing that you're becoming nervous, and it's being triggered to release a rush of adrenaline into your body in case you need to either fight or leave the scene.  The adrenaline causes your heart to begin pounding and your blood pressure to rise, which moves all of your blood towards your muscles, lungs, legs and arms and away from your stomach...causing an empty, fluttery sensation known as butterflies.

     "Ok," you say, "So, if my body is preparing me to either fight or run, why do I feel this exact sensation at the first sign of romance in a blooming relationship?"  And the answer to that is because the "love sensation" and the "pain sensation" is actually felt on the same exact spot on the brain known as the medial insula.  That's right.  At first, your brain cannot distinguish the difference between early, joy-filled love or pain, so you're brain produces the same exact physiological response within your body.  

     The good news is, if it's the beginning of love that you're feeling, then you'll be able to lean in and enjoy it.  Well.  That, and the fact that there really is no long-toothed, furry, feline chasing you across the Serengeti.  It's just a kiss.

 

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