Love is blind but when it comes to health benefits, the effects of staying in love to any person is as clear as the sunny sky. You heard it right – – love can really bring you surprising health benefits aside from those awkward pimples you got during your puberty years. Scientists and medical professionals have searched for that kind of “magic” that love brings to any person. In the end, it turned out that this “magic” isn’t that complicated after all because as far as health benefits are concerned, staying in love can bring you more than what a simple wine and sex can offer. Here are some of the health benefits that love can bring you:
Love makes you smarter
It won’t turn you into a modern-day Einstein but love can greatly improve your memory and how you feel about yourself . Once you feel the profound emotions involved in true love, your body will release hormones that increase the production of new and healthy neurons. In turn, these nerve cells will contribute to an improved brain performance. Sense of connection can also decrease one’s risk of developing mental illnesses in the future.
Love helps fight cancer
Once you find that special someone who will discourage you to drink excessively and smoke 1 pack of cigarettes a day, your risk of developing certain types of cancer will be greatly reduced. Decreased complications of ovarian cancers has also been discovered in patients with strong relationships with their partner because this strong emotional bond increases the amounts of natural white blood cells involved in a direct battle with cancer cells inside the body.
Love benefits your immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems
Depending on how you let yourself involved in it, falling and staying in love can either relieve your stress or cause you an overwhelming amount of anxieties. Once you get at the good side of love, stress relief will establish a homeostasis or sense of balance between your immune, endocrine, or cardiovascular systems.
Love is good for your heart
According to Dr John Marsden PhD., chartered psychologist and senior lecturer at London’s Institute of Psychiatry, the brain becomes “fired up” when talking to someone it finds attractive and sends impulses to the heart making it pound three times faster than normal. This results in increased blood supply to the body, specifically the cheeks and sexual organs, which gives us the feeling of butterflies in the stomach. In addition to that, love also increases the production of oxytocin which is also known as the “love hormone”. Lower blood pressure is also seen in people who have a healthy romantic relationship with their partner.
Love makes you live longer
According to Dean Ornish MD, author of Love and Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health, studies have indicated that a lack of love causing social isolation increases the risk of early death by up to five times. Feeling connected is essential to good health.
Love is a multifaceted emotion; it can either bring health benefits or harmful effects to an individual depending on what type of relationship is involved or how two people treat each other. Beyond its health benefits, one must also consider several factors that will make a relationship grow and flourish. Health-wise, love can bring you a lot of advantages but without mutual understanding, respect and caring attitude, nit will be very impossible to sustain any kind of relationship. We live to love but don’t ever forget to love life as well. Happy Valentines day Filipino Nurses!
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