Why Crying Helps

It is a known fact that crying helps you to feel better. You’re body releases harmful toxins through tears. So why is it that “men don’t cry?” Here are a few reasons why you should.

According to helium.com, tears not only relieve stress, but also sooth the mind and heal the body. Emotional tears contain high traces of protein, manganese, potassium, and hormones such as prolactin. Manganese is an essential nutrient. A lack of manganese can lead to slowed blood clotting, skin problems, and lowered cholesterol levels, while too much, on the other hand, can cause health issues. Potassium is involved in blood pressure, nerve working, and muscle control. Prolactin is involved in stress and the immune system. Because women naturally have more prolactin than men, women tend to cry more (women cry 47 times annually, while men only cry 7 times annually). The levels of prolactin rise during pregnancy, explaining why women cry more during this time.

Crying is not only a distress signal, but a means to “restore psychological and physiological balance.” Crying out chemicals that were built up during stress make you feel better because you are, literally, crying it all out. We need to cry in order to get rid of harmful toxins that can hinder our physical or emotional well-being.

Gushing Tears
Too much stress affects immunity, weight, and one’s mood. For that reason, crying is one of the nervous system’s ways of “reducing our reactions to grief and ache, miseries and loss, even intense joy. Thus, it is important ot cry to let go of feelings due to the good news, grief, joy, or recovery from a frightening event.”

Crying is a natural response that heals the body and cures the heart. 88.8% of people feel better after crying. The next time you’re down, just let it out. It’s your body’s way of helping you get back to the amazing person that you are.

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About Sierra

I'm an accounting major at Texas State University with a passion for all things international. I'm going to learn Russian, Portuguese, Italian, and possibly German one day. I've been speaking Spanish for 8 years and my dream is to one day travel across Latin America. DREAM Act 2015!

Posted on March 22, 2012, in Entertainment and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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