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Say What Crying is good for your health!

Most of us have always been told to hold back tears no matter how we are feeling and although watching an adult cry might not seem a pleasant thing, and is hard to accept it just as a natural act

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Like the saying goes. "Tears are for the soul" Tears are seen as weakness and vulnerability and considered undignified and childish. But as human beings endowed with emotions, we always seem to forget that it's just a natural response to certain feelings which we cannot put away. Suppressing the urge to cry only amplifies the emotions or stress your body is trying to release through crying.


According to a recent studies, crying is highly effective at encouraging the body to heal, and it improves the mood of 88.8% of those who weep.

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There are three types of tears produced by the lachrymal gland in the eye.

  1. Basal tears: Basal tears keep the eye surface permanently moist and protected and contain water, lipids or fats, proteins, and compounds that protect against infection. The human body produces an average of 5 to 10 ounces of basal tears each day. Whenever, we have a good cry, these tears drain through the nasal cavity and that's why we develop runny noses.
  2. Reflex tears: Reflex tears too protect the human eye from harsh irritants such as smoke, onions or even a very strong, dusty wind. The sensory nerves in your cornea communicates this irritation to your brain stem, which in turn sends hormones to the glands in the eyelids. These hormones cause the eyes to produce tears, effectively ridding them of the irritating substance.
  3. Emotional tears: Well, we all know about emotional tears. These tears include enkephalin, an endorphin and natural painkiller. Whenever the brain registers a sad situation, it triggers the endocrine system to release hormones to the ocular area, which then causes tears to form.


Benefits of crying

Crying improves vision

Tears not only lubricate our eyeballs and eyelids, they also prevent dehydration of our various mucous membranes. Tears bathe the surface of the eye, keeping it moist, and wash away dust and debris. So basically owing to the lubrication effect, they help us see better.

Crying kills bacteria

Tears contain lysozyme, a fluid that can kill 90 to 95 percent of all bacteria in just five to 10 minutes!

Crying balances your mood

Emotional crying activates the endocrine system which is in charge of our endorphins, our feel good chemicals. When we cry for any period of time endorphins are released into our system and we feel good.

Crying flushes out harmful toxins

All the toxins present in our body because of stress and built up tension is flushed out through tears. Tears that are produced by stress help the body get rid of chemicals that raise cortisol, the stress hormone.

Crying helps you deal with loss

In life all of us go through unfortunate events, like losing a family member, friend or dealing with a breakup. In situations like these, words don't suffice. The only thing you can do is to cry and let out all the grief so you can move past it. Just hug someone and let the tears flow.

Crying relieves stress

Even though crying doesn't change the situation, but it immediately provides relief and temporary comfort. Most people tend to punch walls and become violent when they are angry, instead just have a good cry. It provides an emotional release of pent up negative feelings, stresses, and frustrations.

Most of us have always been told to hold back tears no matter how we are feeling and although watching an adult cry might not seem a pleasant thing, and is hard to accept it just as a natural act. Now you know crying is powerful and one of the most basic and unifying experiences of being human.

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