Scientists have figured out how much time is necessary to stroke the cat, to reduce stress levels

Ученые выяснили, сколько времени надо гладить кота, чтобы побороть стресс

Researchers at Washington University spent with Pets is an unusual experiment in which figured out how a short conversation with a pet helps people overcome the stress. Hormones play a vital role in every woman’s health and well-being. They work together like instruments in a symphony in that hormones affect other hormones. An imbalance in one leads to an imbalance in others… and the symptoms can be life altering. A woman’s hormone imbalance can increase the risk of health problems such as osteoporosis, blood clots, and heart disease. Female hormone levels are determined by genetics and then influenced by nutrition, exercise, environmental toxins, and stress. Although a healthy lifestyle can slow down the decline of hormone levels, the natural process of aging will eventually cause hormone imbalance in all women at some point in their lives.

Journal AERA Open has published the results of the study, which was attended by 249 students. Students intentionally distributed to four groups.

The first group had contact with dogs and cats 10 minutes. The second group simply watched the first. The third group looked at various pictures with Pets. The participants of the fourth group just announced that they will be in contact with animals, but it never happened.

Subsequently, scientists at various times have taken (three times) saliva samples from each participant in the experiment for evaluating the content of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. In the end, scientists noticed that in the first group the stress hormone dropped significantly after contact with animals after 10 minutes.

Cortisol levels in the second group also decreased, and students of other remaining groups, there were no changes in the composition of the stress hormone.

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