Study: Hugs Can Help You Stay Healthy

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Hugs are the most natural form of expression of love and affection for another person. At the same time, is also an effective method to reduce the level of stress experienced and interact with others. So, hugs are a sure way to maintain physical and mental health, helping to strengthen the immune system. Discover further, how beneficial are hugs for your body!

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A simple gesture and embrace very strong effect on the whole body. According to a new study, hugs reduce the risk of heart disease, combat fatigue, stimulate the immune system, fight infection and relieve symptoms of depression. A hug just 10 seconds lowers blood pressure and increases the production of oxytocin, a pleasure hormone. At the same time, the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, decreases dramatically.

“Embracing is an emotional experience positive and beneficial to the human body that triggers a series of biochemical and physiological reactions,” said Dr. Jan Astrom, who led the study published in the journal “Psychology Comprehensive”.

The study was conducted on men and women aged between 20 and 49 years. After 10 seconds the hug, alter brain levels of certain hormones. These include oxytocin, a substance secreted by the body at birth and during breastfeeding, with profound effects on the human psyche. Thus, it was shown that oxytocin combat stress, boost confidence and improve social life.

Skin is low pressure centers that perceive touch and that is in direct contact with the brain through a network of nerves. These nerves creates a bond between many organs of the body, including the heart. Establish a connection between heart and oxytocin receptors, the network of nerves activated during an embrace, helps protect the heart against a series of heart disease.

Hugs reduce blood pressure, increase brain activity and relieves depression. In addition, hugs are a key factor for harmony in a relationship.

A recent study in Canada showed that a hug more effectively stimulate the emergence positive emotions than going to church. In addition, hugs and reduce the harmful effects of stress and provides lasting protection (during the day) against it!

Hugs lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. When cortisol levels fall, the brain can produce more chemicals that improve mood, such as serotonin and dopamine. Hugs increase the production of hemoglobin, which improves oxygen supply to the body, essential for the proper functioning of the body for energy.

A real hug, which protects the heart, improves wellbeing and relax, involve the whole body. So when you get home, give them a warm and sincere hug everyone you love!

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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.