Five lesser known benefits of tears


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When people are asked to recount how they felt after crying, most people state that they felt better after crying.

How long has it been since you’ve had a good cry? Some people see watery eyes as a sign of weakness, but confronting your emotion requires strength in the form of vulnerability.

Grab a tissue if you need to and read on to discover 5 surprising benefits of crying.

Tears help us see.

Starting with the most basic function of tears, they enable us to see. Literally, tears not only lubricate our eyeballs and eyelids, they also prevent dehydration of our various mucous membranes.

Tears kill bacteria.

Tears are antibacterial and antiviral agent working for us, fighting off all the germs we pick up on community computers, shopping carts, public sinks, and all those places the nasty little guys make their homes and procreate. Tears contain lysozyme, a fluid that can kill 90 to 95 percent of all bacteria in just five to 10 minutes.

Tears remove toxins.

One study found 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.

Crying can elevate mood.

You will feel better if magnesium level in your body is 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 happy head rent-free. The act of crying can 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 many small molecules than irritation tears.

Crying lowers stress.

Tears really are like perspiration in that exercising and crying both relieve stress. Suppressing tears increases stress levels, and contributes to diseases aggravated by stress, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, and peptic ulcers.