We ferment yogurt with two strains of Lactobacillus reuteri that provokes release of the hormone, oxytocin, from the hypothalamus with benefits that include thicker skin/reduced wrinkles, accelerated healing, and restoration of youthful muscle and bone density.
The boost in oxytocin also increases empathy and connectedness with other people. Could the disappearance of L reuteri from the guts of modern people underlie social phenomena such as increasing isolation, record suicide rates, fragmentation of the family, and divorce . . . and could restoration of L reuteri reverse these trends?
Why do I say that the Lactobacillus reuteri yogurt that we make … might just make the world a little better place? Well, let me explain.
This organism, Lactobacillus reuteri, was present in the guts of most people, up until the mid 20th century, according to the discoverer of this organism, Doctor Gerhard Reuter, from Germany. Since then, it has disappeared from the guts of most people. Estimates range from 4 to 11% of modern people retain this organism. It means that the majority of people have lost it, and this is part of a broad spectrum of changes in the microbiome, that involves modern people; not for the good.
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Well, Lactobacillus reuteri, you may recall, (once you consume it, as we do in our yogurt) is responsible or causing the hypothalamus in your brain (one of the major endocrine glands of the body) to release the hormone oxytocin, and oxytocin is boosted to a high level.
Oxytocin, in addition to all the effects that we love from this yogurt, such as smoothing of the skin, reduction of skin wrinkles, accelerated healing, preservation of bone density, increased muscle (back to youthful levels), increased libido, and a bunch of other interesting effects — in addition to all that, the oxytocin boost you get from Lactobacillus reuteri also encourages the feelings of empathy, and connectedness.
So is the disappearance of Lactobacillus reuteri, and thereby lower oxytocin levels, in modern people, responsible for such modern social phenomena like increasing isolation, the fragmentation of the family, increased divorce rates, record suicide rates, maybe even violence, gun violence. You know, there’s always been violence throughout history, but don’t you get the sense that things have gotten a bit worse, particularly phenomena like isolation and suicide?
I’m postulating — I’m asking; could the disappearance of Lactobacillus reuteri, and thereby lower oxytocin levels, have led to a society-wide reduction in empathy, and connectedness, and need to interact and bond with other people? I don’t know. I suspect it is among the changes, though, that have generated a deterioration in social interaction.
So know, that by cultivating this organism, via our yogurt, using the unique fermentation methods we use — extended fermentation, fermentation in the presence of prebiotic fibers, etc. — I think that we’re making the world a better place, because we’re boosting oxytocin levels back to where they were or even higher than they used to be, and thereby cultivating such social phenomena as wanting the company of other people, connection, maybe even preserving relationships.
It’s something to chew on. I think it’s a very interesting concept, and that’s why I’m very excited — among the many reasons I’m very excited about this yogurt, because of all the wonderful effects it yields.