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May 17, 2012
Don't Be Afraid To Cry, It Does Wonders For Your Health


The shedding of tears due to emotions is unique to us yet we suppress this gift all the time. Every time our eyes are filled with tears and we try to pour your heart out, there is usually someone who makes us hold back. According to scientists lack of inhibition in displaying emotion is a sign of higher levels of self-esteem.



Human cry because different reasons and based on different emotions, due to pain, grief, loss, frustration, fear and even happiness. On the other side, the tears can also provide benefits in maintaining health our health.

“Tears are just one of many miracles that work well so we get it out every day,” said Dr.Gerald R. Bergman, a professor at the Medical University of Ohio and an instructor in the Division of Arts & Sciences Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio.

Apart from emotion and reason that underlie , crying often makes people feel better. Research indicates that 88.8% of people feel better after crying, and only 8.4% felt worse.

Some evidence suggests crying helps regulate the immune system. In a study in 2006, scientists asked 60 patients with eczema and an allergy to latex to watch the Meryl Streep weepie Kramer vs Kramer. Before and after the film the team placed latex on their skin, and measured the reaction.

Compared with those who remained dry-eyed, volunteers who cried had a reduced skin reaction to the latex after the movie. Their skin also had lower levels of inflammatory markers called immunoglobulins, which increase at the site of an allergic reaction.

And a Japanese study of patients with the auto-immune disease rheumatoid arthritis revealed that those who cry easily have less pain and fewer symptoms than those with a stiff upper lip.

Blood tests revealed that immediately after crying, the levels of naturally-occurring immune chemicals that usually aggravate the condition were lower, and that the blubberers had better control of their condition a year later.

Here are just a few benefits of producing tears:

Tears clear your eyes

The most reason why crying helps is that tears is that they enable us to see. Yes, they certainly do. Tears lubricate the eyeballs and eyelids and also prevent dehydration of various mucous membranes.

Tears kill bacteria

Tears work as anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents, fighting off germs we pick up from shopping carts, public sinks, and all the places these germs make their homes and procreate. They contain lysozyme, a fluid, which can kill 90 to 95 per cent of all bacteria in just 5-10 minutes.

Tears elevate mood

It is believed that the act of crying can lower a person's manganese level, which can otherwise give rise to anxiety, nervousness, irritability, fatigue, aggression, emotional disturbance, and the rest of the feelings that live inside you.

Tears lower stress

Just like exercising, tears to help relieve stress. Tears help remove some of the chemicals built up in the body from stress, like the leucine enkephalin and prolactin. Suppressing tears could increase stress levels, and contributes to diseases aggravated by stress, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, and peptic ulcers.

Tears release feelings

Crying is therapeutic. It lets the anxiety, frustration out, before it's creates all kind of havoc with your nervous and cardiovascular systems. Time and again you go through conflicts and resentments and sometimes this gathers inside the limbic system of the brain and in certain corners of the heart. Your feelings are like air. The more you suppress your emotions, the more they are bound to explode some day. Suppressing feelings affects the quality. Crying is all about cleansing your mind and it is considered very healthy and gives you a relaxed feeling. So, let your feelings be felt.

April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.


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