Regular cuddling, hugging or touching every day can be one of the best ways to help you stay healthy both physically and mentally.
Hugging reduces the level of stress hormones, thereby increasing the number of immune cells. These cells kill bacteria, viruses and even cancer cells.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Tiffany Field, from Miami Medical University (USA), has conducted research on the effects of hugging, holding hands or massaging on illness and psychology in both healthy and sick people.
Here are the surprising health benefits of hugging.
Hugging bring the nervous system to a meditative state, with a lower heart rate and a more relaxed brainwave pattern, can help reduce the effects of a cold.
One study found that hugging reduces cold symptoms caused by viruses in people under stress.
Embracing has the effect of helping people who are in conflict stress reduce the risk of respiratory infections.
Hugging reduces levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, from which the number of fighting cells is increased. These cells kill bacteria, viruses and even cancer cells, Dr. Field said.
A tight hug or a caress signals the brain to reduce stress. When touched on the skin, irritation to the skin increases the activity of the vagus nerve, relaxing the nervous system.
A small cuddle for 10 minutes before going to bed can help you sleep better, the National Sleep Foundation said.
A bit of daytime touch time can also improve sleep at night.
Researchers have found that hugging leads to deeper sleep and more recovery.
The biochemical effects of touch are increased levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps fight depression and alleviate pain, while increasing levels of the hormone oxytocin-loving hormone.
Higher oxytocin levels lead to greater sense of responsibility, gratitude and love.
Also, for people who are at odds, hugging can help ease stress or at least improve mood.
But only with the ones you love!
The body is programmed to only enjoy when the ones who touches you are the ones you love . That's the way to express the language of love.
Hugging is one of five love languages that can help strengthen the bond between two people.
Hugging not only helps during sex, but also in the relationship your love.
In a study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the longer a person is cuddled after having, the more satisfied they are with sex and the more satisfied they are with the relationship. This effect is true for both sexes, but is particularly strong for women.
A childhood full of love leads to a healthier, longer life, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Children who are emotionally deprived and are less likely to be hugged and heard, have a greater risk of developing heart disease as adults.
As much as possible, as long as both enjoy, according to Dr. Field's data. The more the couple touches, the better their happiness and health.
So, hug or hold the hands of the people you love.
However, during the social distancing period to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to limit cuddling and hugging. You need to regularly wear a mask, wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds, and stay 2 meters away form strangers...
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