We all struggle with something, whether it’s high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight, depression, or anxiety.
But what if I tell you there is a single cure for all these ailments?
Sound too good to be true?
If you make this one change to your household, you are guaranteed a vastly improved quality (and length!) of life.
It turns out there’s more than one reason why dogs are called ‘man’s best friend.’
According to studies from Harvard, the CDC, and veterinary schools throughout the country, owning pets—especially dogs—has quantifiable health benefits.
In a study by Time in 2017 recording the health of 3.4 million pet owners, it was found that owning a dog can add up to a decade to your life expectancy.
As if that weren’t enough, owning a pet can drastically improve your quality of life as well.
Owning a pet leads to sizeable decreases in blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.
Pet ownership also decreases your chances of depression and anxiety and increases your immunity and physical fitness.
Pets even increase your confidence and socialization!
Dogs and cats both increase your oxytocin levels (a ‘feel good’ hormone similar to endorphins) and decrease cortisol, which is a stress related hormone.
Just think of all the doctors visits you can save on with a constant source of health by your side.
Perhaps you already have a pet and have been reaping the benefits without even knowing it.
Though dogs provide the most benefits, other animals including cats, ferrets, rabbits, and even fish have shown to have clear positive effects on the physical and mental well-being of owners.
So, if you already have pets in your home, toss an extra treat their way as a thank you for all the good health they’ve brought your way.
Or, if you’ve always wanted a pet, or perhaps were on the fence about it, now you know it’s time to bring home the newest member of the family.
After all, who wouldn’t want a best friend that is also a powerful cure-all?