Have You Ever Felt Refreshed After A Good Cry? Maybe This Is Why?
I don’t know about you, but for me a good cry has the same effect as a good cleanse. I feel relaxed as if I have unloaded the world from my shoulders. Now I am a bit of a pink cloud kinda guy so I do have a tendency to see the positive in the worst of conditions, but after reading the following article – you’ll certainly see the positive in heading a few tears.
Cry It Out: 6 Surprising Health Benefits Of Shedding A Few Tears
By Lizette Borreli
Go ahead and cry it out to reap the health benefits of tears, from releasing toxins to relieving stress.
We’ve all had a good cry, whether it’s the end of a close relationship, frustration at work, or even a movie. Amid the stream of salty tears sliding down our cheeks, blurring our vision, and making our eyes puffy, we wonder what benefits this state of vulnerability could have on our fragile and delicate psyche?
We produce 10 ounces of tears per day and 30 gallons a year. These tears can either be basal tears, reflex tears, and lastly, psychic, or tears produced by emotion. Although emotional tears do contain higher levels of stress, they have the ability to calm the iris down and signal the emotional state to others.
Sharon Martin, a licensed psychotherapist in a private practice in San Jose, Calif., suggests there are many advantages to having a good cry. “I encourage crying because it purges negative energy and allows for new, positive energy to fill us up. Sometimes people feel embarrassed or ashamed about crying, especially in public. Crying is normal and nothing to be ashamed of,” she told Medical Daily in an email.
It’s time to grab a box of Kleenex, let go of our sorrows, and read the benefits of crying.
1. Releases Toxins
Crying does not only mentally cleanse us, it can cleanse our body too. Tears that are produced by stress help the body get rid of chemicals that raise cortisol, the stress hormone. A study conducted by Dr. William H. Frey II, a biochemist and director of the Psychiatry Research Laboratories at the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Centre, found like other exocrine processes, including exhaling, urinating, and sweating, toxic substances are released from the body when we cry. Several of the chemicals present in emotional crying are the protein prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormones, and the endorphin leucine-enkephalin, which reduces pain.
2. Kills Bacteria
A good cry can also be a good way to kill bacteria. Tears contain…
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