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Did You Know...
...that emotional tears differ chemically from tears caused by cutting onions? - Dr. William Frey, tear expert
Neuroscientist and tear researcher Dr. William H. Frey II, PhD, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. Get this, he has spent over 15 years studying crying and tears.
The good Dr. says that "Crying is a natural way to reduce emotional stress that, left unchecked, has negative physical affects on the body, including increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and other stress-related disorders."
Here are 5 reasons that crying is great for your mind, body, and soul:
- Crying relieves stress. Ever notice how you can deal better with something big on your plate after a good old cry? Unreleased stress can lead to heart attack and even damage some parts of the brain. So let the emotions go.
- Crying lowers blood pressure. Along with blood pressure, your heart rate goes down.
- Crying removes toxins. Tears can get rid of chemicals built up during emotional stress.
- Crying reduces manganese. Manganese is a mineral that affects mood in our bodies and is found in 30 times greater concentration in tears than in blood serum. Whoa...
- Crying is exclusive to humans. No other species cries when faced with stressful situations. Hooray for the human race!
What sets your tears in motion besides bad news? Movies or music? And which ones?
* The 5 bullets were adapted from "5 Reasons Why Crying is Good for You" from Care2's Marlo Sollitto.
* Crying eye pic taken from www.free-extras.com