EPISODE 372: The Sexy Brain – Intimacy & Health

Just as an infant requires physical touch to ensure healthy development, every adult requires intimacy and connection to be mentally and physically healthy… and yet many of us are left lacking. A lingering hug can increase oxytocin and decrease cortisol, deep conversations can be neuroprotective, and a true friend or lover can alter not just your emotional life but also your biology. On this week’s show, we’ll unpack the role between intimacy and your endocrine system, and the vital importance in finding balance.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How healthy testosterone levels can reduce or even eliminate the risk of Alzheimer’s
  • Why BPA-lined cans (including sparkling water) can block oxytocin receptors
  • The role of the sex hormones in brain volume and function
  • Why the nuclear family is supported by biology
  • Hippocampal shrinkage induced by lack of intimacy


Dr. Devaki Lindsey Berkson is a thought leader in functional medicine and women’s health. She has been in clinical practice for nearly four decades, and her research has focused on hormones, nutrition, and the gut. She has written 21 books. Her most recent include: The Sexy Brain, Safe Hormones Smart Women, and Hormone Deception.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • K2 MK4

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