Even a simple hug can save lives. Well, maybe not quite, but at least it has several health benefits. It’s hard to disagree as they are all backed by science. So the next time someone hugs you, make it last a little longer to better absorb all the benefits.
We invite you to make the world a better place and embrace those around you.
Regulates blood pressure
Hugs do a perfect job when it comes to blood pressure. Just 20 seconds of hugging is enough to lower it, and the effect lingers for a while when the hugging ends. It also reduces stress in both men and women and can even prevent potential heart disease.
Boosts your immune system
Hugging and cuddling release oxytocin, a hormone that is closely related to social interactions and bonding. This, in turn, increases regulatory T cells. As a result, they stimulate your immune system and bring it into balance.
Makes you feel younger
According to a study, the release of oxytocin repairs the muscles. It is believed to serve as a potential treatment for age-related muscle wasting. It can also improve bone health and help older people recover faster from injuries.
Acts as a natural painkiller
The release of oxytocin blocks cortisol, consequently, we feel less pain and our muscles are more relaxed. In addition, endorphins are released, so hugging also relieves chronic pain. To realize the benefits, make sure a hug lasts at least 20 seconds.
It makes children smarter.
It is scientifically proven that babies who received less physical contact were biologically retarded in contrast to those who had close and comforting enough contact.
Many important processes take place during the embrace: connections are made and patterns of activity are modulated. So skin-to-skin contact stimulates your brain.
How often do you hug people? How often do they hug you?