The best of friends...

There's actually a multitude of reasons why owning a dog is good for your overall health!...Here are just SOME of those basic ideas being:
1) Reduce Stress... Dogs increase our production of Oxytocin, while decreasing Cortisol. Interestingly enough, the interaction goes both ways, so dog's also receive this benefit. Here are the findings of a study provided by the NCBI:
"In conclusion, oxytocin and cortisol levels, both in dogs and in their owners, are associated with the way the owners interact with their dogs and also with behaviors caused by the interaction."
2) Improve Cardiovascular Function... Our friends are now being credited with reducing the stress load on cardiovascular system specifically. Nature.com published an nationwide cohort study with up to 12 years of follow-up looking into the link between dog ownership and the risk of cardiovascular disease or death. This is what they concluded:
"dog ownership is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in single households and with a reduced risk of cardiovascular and all-cause death in the general population."
3) Boost The Immune System... There is a strong correlation show between dog contact in young children and an improved immune system. Taken from a study done in 2012 in Finland their results:
"dog contacts may have a protective effect on respiratory tract infections during the first year of life. Our findings support the theory that during the first year of life, animal contacts are important, possibly leading to better resistance to infectious respiratory illnesses during childhood."

Dedicated to my pup!

I found my dog Wiley at my job one dark morning working in a metal shop about a year ago. At this time, I was pretty depressed and negative, perhaps more so I had ever been in my life before. She's been a blessing. Since I've found her I've made strides in having a positive mind set and pursuing healthier and happier life. On that note, Go! and rescue a dog, they have knack for returning the favor.

Sources

1) ['Oxytocin and Cortisol Levels in Dog Owners and Their Dogs Are Associated with Behavioral Patterns: An Exploratory Study'](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5645535/)
2) [Dog ownership and the risk of cardiovascular disease and death – a nationwide cohort study](https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-16118-6)
3) [Respiratory tract illnesses during the first year of life: effect of dog and cat contacts.](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22778307?dopt=Abstract)
Thanks for checking out my first post here at Yours. Super excited to share my writing with you guys. My main interests are history, health, science and fighting the NWO. God bless! Check me out at steemit, gab, twitter, instagram @newtreehints!

 

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