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The Impact of Love on Your Physical Health

Many people think of love as just an emotion but that emotion can affect your physical health and well being. A chemical process is created in the brain that signals how we feel. Oxytocin, the love hormone, is created it signals trust, pleasure, and reward, which is great for the body. Here are just a few ways that love can have a positive affect.

Studies show that physical contact such as hugging and cuddling create more oxytocin within the body. The more oxytocin the lower the stress! As you may know stress can do a number on your physical well being including higher blood pressure, stomach problems, chest pain, etc. So next time you are feeling stressed try snuggling up with your partner.

Your heart my pitter-patter and be protected when in love. Researchers recently discovered that married men who felt loved by their wives experienced 50% less angina, even with higher risk factors (i.e. cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes). Women in happy marriages were found to have a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those in high-stress ones. Now that makes my heart pitter-patter.

Blood pressure can also be lowered by love. Studies show that a person’s blood pressure was lower when they were with a romantic partner than when they were interacting with anyone else. Scientist suggest this is because romantic partners feel familiar and comfortable with each other.

Love can also be a great motivator for exercise. Couples who workout together are more likely to encourage each other to hit the gym. Also, exercise creates more energy which can be used for more physical intimacy. ;-)

To celebrate love this Valentine Week Body Karma Studio is inviting existing members to bring in guests for free. For more information about this promotion and our Zumba, Yoga, or Pilates classes please visit our website  http://bodykarmastudio.com/site/

sources: Webmd, SELF, Greatist.com

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