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For those of us who spent Valentine’s Day alone and hadn’t left their hobbit hole until this morning – it is safe to say avoiding love at all costs was a success… until now.
Yet, those of us who were out and about with our significant other protesting our love for one another have something more to gloat about. And that would be that research has proven that love improves your health.
Here are some surprising health benefits from being in love:
1. Improves your immune system
Researchers at the University of Iowa found that people in satisfying relationships had more vigorous cell activity – enhancing white blood cells.
2. Improves mental health
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Journal of social health and behavior found that being in love is proven to decrease depression or the likelihood of becoming depressed.
However, not just subject to couples in love – having strong loving friendship created the same results.
3. Reduces physical pain
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According to a 2005 study at the Ohio State University, married couples are able to speed up their bodies’ ability to recover from an injury almost a day in advance.
4. Regulates hormones
The Department of Health and Human Services discovered that healthy loving couples are able to make positive choices. For instance; reduced binge drinking, sleeping in early, eating healthier, staying active, cuddling, and staying committed. All in which have a positive influence on reproductive organs, sleep, and sugar indigestion.
5. Improves heart health
Proven at the University of Pittsburg that women who were in love had a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
6. Enhances life span
And get this, the National Longitudinal Mortality Study found that married people live longer. NLMS has been studying over a million people since 1979 and concluded that singles are more at risk for pneumonia, cancer, and heart attacks.
7. Keeps you active
Harvard medical school discovered that love keeps you in shape. Keeping it steamy in the bedroom also prevents chances of prostate cancer in men, helps improve sleep, and helps relieve stress.