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10 Amazing Health Benefits of Laughter

Tuesday, May 9th 2023 10:00am 6 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Laughter is often described as the best medicine, and for good reason. Not only is it a natural stress-reliever, but it also offers a host of health benefits that can positively impact our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In this article, we will explore ten potential health benefits of laughter and review the scientific evidence supporting each one.

Reduces stress:
Stress is a common experience for many of us, and it can take a toll on our health if left unchecked. Fortunately, laughter can help to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety by reducing the levels of stress hormones in the body, such as cortisol and adrenaline. One study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that laughter therapy can significantly decrease cortisol levels in the body, which can help to reduce feelings of tension and anxiety.

Boosts the immune system:
The immune system is responsible for protecting the body against infections and diseases. Laughter can help to boost the immune system by increasing the production of antibodies and activating immune cells in the body. A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that laughter can increase the production of natural killer cells, which are a type of immune cell that helps to defend against viral infections and cancer.

Relieves pain:
Laughter has long been known to have pain-relieving effects. When we laugh, our brains release endorphins, which are natural painkillers that can help to reduce pain levels. Additionally, laughter can help to relax muscles and stimulate circulation, which can also help to alleviate pain. A study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing found that laughter therapy can be an effective intervention for reducing pain in patients with chronic conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Improves cardiovascular health:
Cardiovascular diseases are a leading cause of death worldwide, and it is important to take steps to maintain heart health. Laughter can help to improve cardiovascular health by increasing blood flow and oxygenation to the body’s tissues. Additionally, laughter has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found that laughter can lead to a short-term decrease in blood pressure, which can have long-term benefits for heart health.

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