Who hasn’t heard the proverb, “Laughter is the best medicine”. However, Danbury CT cosmetic dentist Jay M. Marks, DMD reveals that SMILING also has its own health benefits.
In addition to making us happier, a simple SMILE helps boost our immune systems, reduce stress levels, & lower our blood pressure.
The 4 smiling health benefits are:
- Increasing our Happiness – The Dental Health Foundation in Britain created a study that shows that one way to greatly improve our mood is to smile. When we do so, our brain releases endorphins, which are called the “feel-good” chemicals that makes us feel happy.
- Stress Reducer –One of the many physical reactions caused by stress includes increasing levels of blood sugar, interfering with the function of our digestive systems, & having the rate of our pulse increase. We can use our SMILE to decrease our levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Not only that, but cortisol also gives us an immediate burst of energy.
- Decreases Blood Pressure – By smiling, our blood pressure briefly increases, then drops to levels below normal. As a by product of this process, our breathing increases. This lets increased nutrients & oxygen to circulate in our bodies, which lessens our blood pressure.
- Increases our Immune System –When we smile, we decrease our stress hormones. This allows certain immune cells & antibodies to rise. This is our DENTAL trick to fight the flu. We boost our immune cells helps our bodies stave off diseases like the flu and common cold.