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Do You Enjoy Having a Pet?

By Tom Herrin

Some people are pet people, and some people are not.  Do you ever notice anything about those who are?  I will qualify this question by saying that I do know some people who seem to love dogs and would live in the doghouse and give their pet their own home.  Let's remove these individuals from the equation.  Other than these types, it is believed that having a pet can actually help to support better health.  There are some pretty good reasons that are backed by real research.  Let us look at some of the science of having pets as a way to boost health.

Our Body Helps Itself (Sort Of)

The body produces chemicals.  They are generally for some good purposes.  Cortisol is one that increases stress.  In some cases, it can make us ill.  In others, it can help to protect us.  It is believed that having a pet may help to lower the levels of this chemical in the body.  Less stress is a good thing.  Another chemical that is produced by the body is oxytocin.  It is one that can make us feel that all is good.  When we have more of this, we are upbeat.  Having a pet is thought to increase levels of this good chemical.

Pets May Help Lower Blood Pressure

The simple act of stroking or petting an animal can actually be beneficial for us.  This is largely due to the release of the oxytocin previously mentioned.  Since many pets do well with walks, we may get more good mild exercise as we do this.  If we do it on a daily basis, we may begin to find more pleasure in the activity.  This exercise may help to burn calories while reducing blood pressure.  It is a pretty good and simple activity.

Pets May Be Good Company

If you are a loner, you can join lots of others in the same boat.  Many of us spend quite a bit of time alone.  Whether it is by choice or circumstance, it happens.  It seems that having a pet can help to make this better.  A four-footed companion many be enough company to lift you and boost health.  Not only does it give the feeling that comes with successful responsibility, but it also gives you something to talk to that doesn't create stress by arguing.  It can be pretty good.

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

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