A hug a day: Why embracing a loved one can lower blood pressure
High blood pressure? The key to bringing it down is embracing someone you care about, according to new research by scientists at The University of Vienna. While we may see this simple action merely as a way to bond with a friend, relative or partner, hugging actually offers more physical benefits.
Scientists found that when you hold a friend close the hormone oxytocin was released into the blood stream, which lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and anxiety and can even improve the memory.
It’s worth knowing, then, that you have to be selective about who you hug, as giving a polite embrace to someone you don’t know well can have the opposite effect.
Oxytocin, a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, is known for increasing bonding, social behaviour and closeness between parents, children and couples. It’s also produced in women during the childbirth process and during breastfeeding in order to increase the mother’s bond with the baby.
Did you know hugging can also soften your personality? Researchers suggested someone who hugs loved ones often become more empathetic over time.
So go on, give someone a hug today!
Do you suffer from high blood pressure? Will you be trying this fun and easy technique?
Remember to always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before embarking on any treatment, it’s your health and it’s IMPORTANT. Disclaimer
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