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Pet Owners Stress Less

Pet Owners Stress Less

There’s been a long debate between cat and dog owners over which pet is best, but regardless of your choice of furry friend, studies have shown that have a pet can help to reduce stress levels and live a happier life.  Below are a few facts about the emotional benefits of having a feline friend or canine companion!

Emotional & Physical Benefits

Depression

Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.

Blood Pressure

People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.

Relaxation

Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.

Heart Disease

Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.

Longevity

Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.

Doctor Visits

Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.

Other Benefits

While people with dogs often experience the greatest health benefits, a pet doesn’t necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and lower pulse rate.

The Importance of Companionship

One of the reasons for these therapeutic effects is that most pets fulfill the basic human need to touch. Even hardened criminals in prison have shown long-term changes in their behavior after interacting with pets, many of them experiencing mutual affection for the first time. Stroking, holding, cuddling, or otherwise touching a loving animal can rapidly calm and soothe us when we’re stressed. The companionship of a pet can also ease loneliness, and some pets are a great stimulus for healthy exercise, which can substantially boost mood.

Eating right-for-your-type and exercising according to your blood type are key to a healthy and happy mind and body, but diet and exercise can only go so far. Chronic loneliness is a real issue in the world today with serious health repercussions. In a world of constant internet connection, real physical connection can make all the difference. A furry (or not so furry) friend can help keep you the healthiest, and happiest, version of you.

Stress & Personalized Nutrition

Stress can have negative impacts on our health.

Stress is a normal part of life, and our bodies are designed to cope with it. For our ancient ancestors, stress was intense but intermittent- such as escaping from dangerous predators and searching for food. Modern life often subjects us to constant, lower-level stress that piles up and taxes our nervous systems. Eating the wrong foods can also be hard on the body. Adhering to the blood type diet enables your body to work more efficiently, here is a post about managing stress through diet.

Sympathetic Nervous System vs. Parasympathetic Nervous System

The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is responsible for the “fight or flight” response, while the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) relaxes the body after the danger has passed. The two systems work in balanced opposition to each other. The SNS causes your heart to beat faster and harder, while the PNS slows down the heart, and relaxes the artery walls, allowing freer blood flow, and lets more oxygen get to the heart muscle. Most of the healing in the body happens when the PNS is in charge, including healing the subtle damage from normal “wear and tear” of life. Chronic stress often leads to the SNS being active for longer, and the PNS not engaging properly.

Hormones are responsible for our response to stress.

The adrenal glands release Adrenaline and Noradrenalin, which are short-acting hormones that speed up heart rate and blood pressure, reduce digestion, and make you more alert. In response to longer-term or more severe stress, the adrenal gland releases cortisol. This hormone enables the body to break down muscle to provide immediate energy. The proper levels of cortisol will reduce inflammation, reduce allergies, and promote healing. Too much or prolonged exposure to cortisol can lead to ulcers, heart disease, muscle loss, insomnia, and other ailments. High cortisol levels can cause “brain fog”. It can also lead to obesity because it encourages the breakdown of muscle rather than fat. Exercising Right 4 Your Type can help combat the effects of stress on your body. Check out the chart below or click here to find out more about exercise based on blood type!

Another way to manage stress from the inside out is our Calm Pack.