What is Vitamin T? I'm not talking about testosterone (that could be the topic of a later post). I'm talking about touch. Physical connection. Something that is essential to all social animals, ourselves included. When you consider that as a culture we have very low levels of physical touch to begin with, and then you add on a pandemic that eschews interaction and rewards isolation, you have a recipe for touch deficiency.
The benefits of touch are manifold. Starting with the physiological ones, you have an uptick in oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine, and nitrous oxide when you touch someone (or some animal). This effect is even higher when that contact is skin to skin. These hormones and neurotransmitters help to elevate alertness, boost the immune