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7 Reasons Why Crying Is Good for You

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3. Tears Remove Toxins
Biochemist William Frey, who has been researching tears for as long as I’ve been searching for sanity, found in one study that emotional tears–those formed in distress or grief–contained more toxic byproducts than tears of irritation (think onion peeling). Are tears toxic then?

No! They actually remove toxins from our body that build up courtesy of stress. They are like a natural therapy or massage session, but they cost a lot less!

4. Crying Can Elevate Mood
Do you know what your manganese level is? Neither do I. But chances are that you will feel better if it’s lower because overexposure to manganese can cause bad stuff: anxiety, nervousness, irritability, fatigue, aggression, emotional disturbance, and the rest of the feelings that live inside my head rent-free.

The act of crying can actually lower a person’s manganese level. And just like with the toxins I mentioned in my last point, emotional tears contain 24 percent higher albumin protein concentration–responsible for transporting small (toxic) molecules–than irritation tears.

5. Crying Lowers Stress
Tears really are like perspiration, in that exercising and crying both relieve stress. In his article, Bergman explains that tears remove some of the chemicals built up in the body from stress, like the endorphins leucine-enkaphalin and prolactin. The opposite is true too. Bergman writes, “Suppressing tears increases stress levels, and contributes to diseases aggravated by stress, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, and peptic ulcers.”

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11:08AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Hachi it is tonight then, never fails to make me cry and give me an excuse to not explain the real reason :)

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Crying is a natural release which should not be stifled or buried or one will become very stressed throughout life.

8:32PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

thanks

12:55PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

tears do not seem to be acceptable in business...

11:25AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Thank you

6:37AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

But then why do we naturally want to stop crying if it is good for us. We try to suppress it the best we can. I guess that's just the body response to want to hold onto some of the pain?

6:30AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

thanks for sharing

6:03AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

good article

4:30PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

I have always cried easily...when I was sad, happy, touched by a movie that I saw. In fact, when I was about 16 years old my Father said, "I should rent you out for weddings and funerals." and I had no idea what he was talking about! LOL It is good to know that there is a REASON behind why we cry that is beneficial.

7:24PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

thnx for this

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