Health & Fit 9 Proven Ways Being In Love Makes You Gorgeous (And Healthy, Too!)
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The holidays are coming which also means some inevitable weight gain is on its way. Our bodies and health versus the holiday treats create quite the uphill battle. It seems like you only have two choices when it comes to food and the holidays; one, you choose to just give up on being healthy and hope that you can lose the extra pounds as a part of your New Year’s resolution. The second mentality is you deprive yourself of all the treats (and joy of savoring fun holiday food traditions).However, neither way will leave you happy or satisfied this holiday season. The important thing to remember is balance.
Being in love affects a lot more than our mood — loving relationships improve our looks and our health, too. In fact, love may just be the best medicine out there.
Just how powerful is love? Your strong relationship can do everything fromto . It even ! And, it's not just romantic relationships that are responsible for your awesome well-being. Your close friendships and parental love are keeping you in tip-top shape, too.
Once again, we're reminded how important loving relationships are — so much that your life could depend on it.
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Here's how love is making you happier, healthier and hotter than ever before.
1. Being in love makes it easier to DITCH destructive habits.
Making a big change in your life is never easy, whether you're changing your diet drastically or finally starting to hit the gym. But, when you're in a relationship, your partner has a great influence on your confidence and the choices you make to lead a better lifestyle.
— whether you're quitting smoking or getting a flu shot. The study showed that when one partner gave up alcohol, the other was five times more likely to stop drinking.
2. People in love have lower stress levels and are in better moods.
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While we all know that, it's not the only form of physical contact that's good for your mental well-being. Hugging, cuddling and touching can put you in better spirits and help you relax. discovered that when couples hug, they have higher levels of .
In another study, researchers looked at cohabiting couples and tested for the stress hormone cortisol before, during and after being separated for 4 to 7 days. Researchers found that when the couples were separated physically, they had higher cortisol levels and had worse sleep than when they were together.
And it's not just romantic love either that's keeping you well-balanced. Oneand protect young kids from the physiological effects of stress.
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<p>Do you have photos of your pet everywhere? Do you find the compulsion to talk about your pet at any given opportunity even if it doesn't really fit in with the conversation? Are you the type of person who is over the top, madly in love with your pet (like me!) and the thought of functioning in this world without them wrecks such havoc on your soul that you can't even allow yourself to go there with those wickedly dark thoughts? Yes? Then there's a good chance you're neurotic, too, on top of being obsessed.</p>Yes? Then there's a good chance you're neurotic, too, on top of being obsessed. And not just sort of neurotic, but really neurotic, which is actually good for your pet. Go figure.
3. Being in a good relationship lowers your heart attack risk.
Love doesn't just make your heart go pitter-patter, it protects it, too. In, researchers discovered that married men who felt loved by their wives experienced 50 percent fewer heart issues, despite having high risk factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Strong bonds aren't keep men's hearts strong. Afound that women in happy marriages have a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those in high-stress ones. Love really is good for your heart.
4. Love makes you live longer.
The secret to a longer life? Love just may be it. Afound that unmarried people had a "significantly higher" death rate than married couples who live together. Although you could argue that this is because couples influence each other's lifestyle choices, but Harvard University researchers also found that married women are 20 percent less likely than single women die of stress-related causes like heart disease, suicide and cirrhosis of the liver.
U.S. Childhood Obesity Still on the Rise, New Study Shows
American children continue to gain too much weight, with the sharpest increase in obesity occurring among those between 2 and 5 years old.American children continue to gain too much weight, with the sharpest increase in obesity occurring among those between 2 and 5 years old, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
As for married men, they're 100 to 200 percent times less likely to die of these causes than single men are. Love is keeping us alive!
5. It lowers your blood pressure!
Another reason love is good for your heart? Spending time with your partner lowers your blood pressure. Afound that when happy couples spend time together, it leads to a drop in blood pressure.
Loving relationships between close friends can also breed lower systolic numbers. In a, people with quality relationships reported drops in blood pressure compared to lonelier peers.
6. Love can help you cure cancer!
Not only do married couples have lower cancer rates than singles,found that ovarian cancer patients with satisfying relationships had stronger white blood cells, which kill cancerous cells, than those who didn't have healthy relationships.
Additionally, YourTango expert, "studies that show even patients who are diagnosed with cancer have recovered from cancer treatment faster when they had strong family connections. Also, those in loving partnerships recovered quicker or completely eliminated the cancer with no scientific explanation other than the fact the patient had great love and support from close family and friends."
4 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Relationship
Does it feel like you haven’t sipped rose, opened your windows or worn anything that’s not a down puffer in months? (Same, same.) Does it feel like you haven’t sipped rose, opened your windows or worn anything that’s not a down puffer in months? (Same, same.) And we’re betting this seasonal malaise has seeped into your relationship, too. Fear not, friends, for spring is upon us—try these four tips to freshen up your love life for the season ahead.
7. It makes you more athletic!
Staying longer at the gym? Beat your personal record on your last 10K? Your boyfriend could be the one to thank for your increased energy and fitness abilities.that loving relationships boost athletic performance, especially for those in a long-term relationship. And it makes sense too, in committed relationships, you're supported, motivated and feel confident. That's worthy of a gold medal all on its own.
8. Love helps you lose weight!
Forget the juice cleanse, being in love can help you keep that extra weight off. When we're in loving relationships, our bodies produce adrenaline, which can act as an appetite suppressant — meaning less junk food and late-night snacks. Additionally, with your partner's support for better lifestyle changes, it's likely you'll be motivated to hit the gym to look and feel your best.
And if that wasn't enough,Get it on (*wink*) clears your skin, builds your immune system, and keeps you fit! WIN-WIN!
9. Being in love even makes you LOOK younger!
You're not just living longer when you're in love, you're looking the part too. You've heard of the sex glow, which can make you look, but according to science, there's a love glow too. With increasing blood flow to the skin, being in a happy relationship gives your skin cells .
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Remember when you and your partner couldn't keep your hands off each other? First and foremost, let me just say that the end of that fire-hot period you once experienced is not a negative reflection of you and your SO's current state. In fact, moving on from that stage can be a good indication that you've entered a period of deeper intimacy. You see each other for who you really are and your love is more authentic than ever before. But if you've noticed that your sex life has simmered down a little more than you'd like, luckily, it doesn't take much to kick things back into gear.
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