Pets & Heart Health

Statistics kept by the American Heart Association have shown that people who own a pet dog could be keeping their heart healthy!

In fact, for more than a decade, reports have shown a clear correlation between people who own a dog and their reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

There are many theories as to why this is so.

Dog owners have to make sure their canine companions get daily exercise, thereby getting their own daily exercise.

Walking a dog gets a person outside and into nature, which benefits our mental health as well as our physical health.

Taking our dogs out for a walk often produces social interactions with other people, thereby improving our social lives. All activities which are good for our hearts!

For years now studies have shown that a loving relationship between pets and their human owners produces endorphins. Endorphins are our body’s natural stress fighters. They produce feelings of well-being, serenity, and act as our body’s natural pain fighters.

We now know that continued levels of high stress can cause our bodies to age faster, succumb to illness and mental health problems, and bring on bouts of melancholy or even depression. Stress may be our health’s worst enemy.

But repeated studies over the years show a direct correlation between health and well-being in both human and animal when they share a loving relationship.

When we are caring for our pets, or are pets are caring for us, our body’s endorphins are activated and these help to alleviate chronic pain, high blood pressure, and stabilize our heart rates. Dog lovers have long been aware that their mood and mental health improves when interacting with their furry companions. All natural ways to build a strong immune system.

Although it is still not completely understood exactly how endorphins work, the health-giving relationship between people and their pets has been known to improve the conditions of people with chronic pain and depression. Even people with Alzheimer’s have shown slight, albeit temporary improvements in memory and mood when interacting with an affectionate four-legged friend.

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Alex Founier

Alex Founier is a DailyHealthDigital contributor with an interest in natural health for sports enthusiasts and all audiences seeking holistic remedies. He is an avid reader and a mountain climber. Alex is currently working on a book detailing his journey through the American wilderness.