As a dog lover, you know you enjoy hanging with your dog, but have you heard of all these 10 amazing health benefits you may be getting without even knowing? Read on to find out…
1. Dogs Help You Relieve Stress
Seeing your dog or pet has a calming effect on your mind. Looking at your companion animal leads to the production of the hormone oxytocin which brings humans feelings of joy. This is accompanied with a decrease in cortisol (a stress-causing hormone) in the blood.
2. Dogs Help You to Stay Active
According to a study in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, dog owners were more likely to meet recommended physical activity requirements than people without pooches. Considering most people walk their dogs for about an hour a day, it can vastly increase the activity of folk who wouldn’t otherwise be as active.
3. Helps to Reduce Your Blood Pressure
Not only does your dog enjoy being patted, it helps to keep your blood pressure low. The state University of New York researchers found out that for people taking medication for hypertension, owning a dog resulted in decreased blood pressure.
4. Helps to Reduce Allergies in Children
According to a study that was published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, all children who got exposure to dogs before the age of six months were less likely to develop allergic conditions such as eczema and hay fever at later stages in life. Exposing your child to dander and allergens at an early age makes him/her less reactive to them.
5. Dogs Help Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dogs can be helpful for people with rheumatoid arthritis. They give patients a reason to get out of bed and walk around reducing the amount of depression they may encounter. Pets can also be a great source of distraction from the stress and pain of arthritis.
6. Dogs Lower Your Cholesterol Levels
Those daily walks you take with your dog are crucial to your health. Walking daily helps to keep your cholesterol level within limits. A study by the Australian National Heart Foundation showed that men who own dogs had lower levels of triglycerides and cholesterol than those who don’t own dogs.
7. Dogs Can Detect Low Blood Sugar Levels
Trained sniffer dogs can detect declining sugar levels in diabetes patients by monitoring changes in the smell of the owner’s breath. They can then communicate any changes in levels by barking to their owner.
8. Dogs Minimize Your Chances of Cardiovascular Disease
By lowering blood pressure, cholesterol level, minimizing stress and increasing fitness through exercise, your dog helps you to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. In 2013, the American Heart Association conducted research that showed that owning a dog is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and higher survival rates in patients already with cardiovascular disease.
9. Helps Relieve Depression
According to a study conducted by the British Psychological Society, dogs were found to help psychological conditions by enhancing self-esteem, competence, and autonomy in humans while lowering stress levels. Pets can help relieve depression by showing you unconditional love and appreciation, and can encourage you to remain active and feel purposeful as you are taking care of something else.
10. Dogs Help You To Be More Social
According to research published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Science, young adults who had dogs had stronger connections to their communities than those without dogs. Dogs also increase empathy which allows people to feel more connected to others and understand how they are feeling. Dog walking also forces interactions on the street with other dog owners (especially when your dog tries to sniff their dogs).
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