TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Researchers find facts cry beneficial for body and mind. In fact, these benefits start from birth.
Summarizing from various sources, here are six health benefits of crying.
There are three types of tears that are owned by humans, namely: tears reflex, basal, and emotional. All three have their respective benefits. Reflex tears are used to clean dirt such as smoke and dust from the eye. Basal tears help the eye avoid infection, and emotional tears can flush out stress hormones and other toxins.
Researchers have found that crying can activate the parasympathetic nervous system. These nerves can help the body rest. However, these benefits cannot be felt immediately. You need some time after crying to feel this effect.
The content of lysozyme in tears can kill bacteria and keep the eyes clean. A study found lysozyme has very strong antimicrobial properties that can help reduce the risk of diseases such as anthrax.
Basal tears can be likened to a lubricant for the eye. The National Eye Institute describes the lubricating effect of basal tears helping to see more clearly. In addition, basal tears help eye keep moist so as to prevent mucous membranes from drying out.
In addition to calming yourself down, emotional tears can release oxytocin and endorphins. Both substances can make you feel better and can ease physical and emotional pain. In other words, crying can help reduce pain and increase comfort.
Besides being able to relieve pain, crying can help lift your spirits. When you cry, you breathe in cool air quickly and help lower your brain temperature. A cold brain makes the body happier than a warm brain. As a result, the mood also improves.
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