Did you know that laughing may actually help your heart health? There could be some truth in that familiar expression that “Laughter is the Best Medicine”, when it comes to heart health.
Research had suggested that laughter can reduce artery inflammation, decrease stress hormones and increase HDL or the good cholesterol as per a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
A spokeswoman for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, said that “Laughing forces you to feel better”. Its effects have been found to last for at least 24 hours, which gives you a good reason to laugh every day.
So what does laughter does to your body? Let’s find out!
Health Benefits of Laughter to Your Heart:
Laughter quickly brings you back into balance by triggering the release of endorphin and relaxing the whole body. Endorphins are your body’s natural feel-good chemicals. They help promote a sense of well-being and can temporarily relieve pain. Most importantly, it protects your heart by:
1. Improving Your Cardiac Health
Laughter is known to be a great cardio workout, especially for those people who are incapable of doing other physical activity due to an illness or injury.
It can get your heart pumping and burns the same amount of calories per hour, as walking at a slow to moderate pace. So, laugh your heart out into health.
2. Lightens Your Anger’s Load
Laughter diffuses anger and conflict faster. Seeing the funny side can put your problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations. You can do this, without holding onto resentment or bitterness.
3. Lowering Your Blood Pressure
People who lower their blood pressure, even those individuals who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. Therefore, grab the Sunday paper, read-through the funny pages, and enjoy your laughter medicine.
4. Protects Your Heart
Laughter helps improves the function of the blood vessels and increases blood flow. This can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular issues.
5. Reduces Your Stress Hormone Levels
Reducing the level of stress hormones, simultaneously cuts the anxiety and stress that impacts your body. Also, the reduction of stress hormones may result in higher immune system performance.
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