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Feel Like Throwing Up When You See Them? It's Your Heart and Brain At Work

Blame it on the butterflies — it's a good thing. 

Butterflies after visiting a restaurant with a really cheap special? Not good. Butterflies while getting ready for a second date with someone who impressed you on the first one? Good.

Dr. Roshini Raj explores the science behind butterflies in Love 101 a new digital series co-produced by Bravo and Mashable.

"It’s one of the best feelings in the world. When you see someone new you’re attracted to and they make eye contact," says Dr. Raj.

Not the creepy kind of eye contact. Don't stare. Please. If it's the good kind, you know, when someone returns your flirty look, "suddenly you feel a flutter in your stomach," she says, explaining that the feeling is caused by a complex interplay between your brain, your gut, and your nervous system all working together.

"A fight or flight reflex is triggered, caused by stress, like the anticipation of talking to someone you’re attracted to," Dr. Raj explains. "Adrenaline, dopamine, are both in the mix when you are attracted to someone."

And the butterfly feeling?

It's a combo of a rapid heartbeat, faster breathing, and nausea - the "sensation of butterflies."

So why does it feel good?

Because it's the anticipation of seeing someone who is a lover versus a friend, explains Dr. Raj.

Just have some wine and chill out, butterflies are good. If you're not projectile vomiting.

 

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