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A Pet May Be a Great Thing for Health

By Tom Herrin

For many of us, the road to good health may seem like endless vitamins, jogs, and a tightly managed diet.  Our health is serious, and we should treat it that way.  Too often we ignore things that need just a little more attention.  Those of us who live alone, in particular, need something to balance life a little bit.  One of the best things available is nothing new.  A pet is thought to be a great thing to have for our health.  That doesn't mean that we can forget taking care of ourselves otherwise, but it can provide something for us that may be missing.  Who doesn't love a furry friend?

Pets and Our Body Chemistry

Whether or not we care to admit it, our bodies rely on a certain amount of chemistry.  We produce many interactions, and in some cases, the presence or absence of chemistry may have a huge impact on our overall health and well-being.  It is believed that having a pet may help to lower cortisol.  This is the chemical that has to do with stress.  It is also believed it may raise oxytocin.  This is a feel-good chemical that truly lifts our spirits.  When we combine the effects of these two things, we may find that we are able to do a pretty good turn-around.  Much of our health depends on our outlook.

A Pet May Mean More Exercise

Unless your idea of having a pet is sitting and watching it run around, there is a good chance we will get more exercise once we have one.  For dogs, those daily walks can be good for them and for you.  Spending time outdoors can be a good way to clear the mind.  As your dog explores, you will be sure to get some mild exercise just keeping up.  It won't be long until both of you are eager for that time of day to come.  

It Is Nice to Have Company

I will be the first to admit that I am a loner at times.  Given the choice between being in a group or being alone, I will usually choose the latter.  I just prefer keeping my thoughts to myself, but I also realize that it is not so good to be alone all of the time.  Keeping the company of a pet may offer you the best of both worlds.  You can essentially be alone without anyone wearing you out with conversation while you can have a companion who enjoys the time they have with you.  And they are normally very loyal.  This can be good for the spirit.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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