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Pets May Help Improve Health

By Tom Herrin

Many of us have pets or have had them in the past.  When I was younger, I had lots of them.  We had mostly dogs, but it seems like we had at least two or three at a time.  Sometimes we had as many as 10.  This was in older times when most of them lived outdoors.  Anytime something happened to one of them, we were heartbroken.  Lots of individuals have them today.  For some, having a pet may be a link to a better life.  After all, when everyone else has left, that pet generally stays.  Having a pet may be a really positive step toward enjoying good health.

Pets May Improve Our Chemical Makeup

Our health is very closely tied with chemicals.  When we refer to chemical makeup, it is a real thing.  Interacting with a pet can be a great experience for us.  It can lower our levels of cortisol, which is the chemical that raises stress.  It can also raise our levels of oxytocin, which is a chemical that makes us feel good.  These two actions combined can boost health.  Anytime we can do something that reduces stress and makes us feel good, it is a good situation.

A Little Exercise Can Help

When we are caring for a pet, we will get some kind of exercise. The good thing is that we will get it without really thinking about it. Taking a dog for a walk, or simply moving around taking care of a pet, can have us on the move just enough to get some mild exercise. Once we form a habit of walking a dog, we may buy into the feeling we get. It can be enjoyable to be outside in the fresh air. Before long, we may look forward to the daily walks as much as our dog does.

Companionship Is Always Good

Some of us may find ourselves alone because of the loss of someone close, or we may be missing someone who has moved out.  No matter what the reason is that we are alone, we will be better off with some company.  Pets actually make great companions.  They are ever faithful and never argue.  They appreciate everything we do for them and the time we spend.  Having a pet may boost our morale as well as an overall feeling of responsibility.

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

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