Amore –It’s the month of Love
What is it about love that makes us act the way we do?
Did you know; married couples live a longer life, have lower blood pressure, drink less alcohol, and have boosted immune systems.
Unchecked stress undermines our immune system, leading our bodies to produce cortisol- a free radical that goes around damaging healthy cells.
Stress also prompts our body to store fat around our abdominal organs, this visceral fat can lead to diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimers, along with a host of other chronic illnesses.
Love and the human touch can also decrease our response to pain.
A study out of the University of Virginia measured by MRI women’s response to electric shock, first alone, then holding a strangers hand and finally holding their spouse’s hand.
The study revealed a decrease in pain response with the stranger, but a greater decrease when holding their spouse’s hand.
Another study from Ohio State University involving 42 married couples showcased healing time from blisters.
When couples disagreed, there was an additional day needed for healing, but when there was hostility between the couples it took two extra days to heal.
Yikes, the moral of that study should be, “love the one you’re with!”
Major depression is 9x greater in unmarried men, and divorced/separated men are at a 2x greater risk of committing suicide.
As suicide rates increase, so do the rates of friends and families that are broken and shaken as the result of the loss of those they truly love.
Hugging produces oxytocin, the bonding hormone which can heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
Therefore, we should hug those we love and care about everyday to decrease as much negativity as possible.
A recent report from Live Science states that love makes things taste sweeter.
So there you have it, fall in love and share your love, it’s good for all of us.
Our motto is: Couples and families that get adjusted together stay together.
It is never too late to get back on the right tract in your health.
We are here to help you.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Tracey Stiles