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How Pets Can Keep You Healthier

By Genevieve Cunningham

As a general rule, we all love our pets. We love their company and their affection. But beyond thinking that our pets are fun and loving them, it turns out that they may actually be bringing a lot of good to our lives. In fact, they may be helping to improve our overall health and well-being. If you have pets or are thinking of adding some to your lives, take a look at how they can keep you healthier in your everyday life.

Pets Provide Companionship

The best part about pets is that they offer companionship. The jury is still out as to whether animals can feel actual love, but there's no doubt that they can enjoy our company, and we can enjoy theirs. But why does this matter? Because companionship is good for mental health. It helps us feel like a part of something and gives us a sense of purpose. If you want a simple way to enhance your mental health, keeping a pet may be an easy and fun way to do it. 

Pets Introduce Allergens and Dirt

Pets are dirty! They track in dirt and pollen and get it all over us. At first blush, this probably sounds like a bad thing. But there's actually some truth behind the thought that playing in the dirt boosts the immune system. The more we are exposed to germs and such, the more our body can recognize the invader and develop an appropriate response to it. While you don't want to bombard it, being exposed to natural dirt, dust, and germs may actually keep you healthier in the long run. 

Pets Keep Us Active

Pets, especially dogs, are full of energy. And to keep your pet healthy and happy -- and to keep it from driving you crazy! -- you'll have to take it outside and let it get some exercise. And this means that you'll have to go outside too. We all need movement and activity, animals and people alike. A pet can help you remain active even when you don't want to, meaning better health long-term. 

If you've been thinking of adding a pet to your family, take the plunge. It might make you feel happier and keep you healthier too. Pets are great additions to life, so choose one that suits your lifestyle, treat it well, and enjoy the many benefits that come with this additional family member. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Orange, Calif.

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