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6 REASONS WHY CRYING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

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Crying is seen as a negative emotion. Well, it is true to an extent since people cry when they are not happy with something in life. But, not many people know that there are positive aspects to crying. Research has shown that crying can give you health benefits. Let us look at 9 health benefits of crying one by one.

1. DETOXIFIES YOUR BODY

Crying relieves your body of a stress hormone called cortisol. Even though cortisol has some benefits, people who are prone to stress have higher levels which is quite dangerous to their mind and body. Crying can reduce the cortisol levels in the body which in turn can lower your stress. So, the next time you find yourself stressed due to your job or your personal issues, find a private space where you can have a cry!

2. RELIEVES EMOTIONAL PAIN

Emotional pain is sometimes tougher to handle than physical pain. You can use painkillers to quickly relieve yourself of pain, but the same trick won’t be useful with emotional pain. People often see emotional pain as a sign of depression. Psychiatrists prescribe medications which can do more harm than good. Those medications may provide some temporary relief, but they can give you harmful side effects too. One of the natural ways to relieve emotional pain is crying. Scientists have done studies on crying which showed that crying can release neurotransmitters in the brain which can alleviate emotional pain.

3. HAS ANTI-BACTERIAL EFFECTS

This should be one of the most surprising health benefits of crying. Scientists say that crying is effective in killing harmful bacteria in the body. They attribute this anti-bacterial property to a particular enzyme called lysozyme. This enzyme is present in tears that come down from your eyes while crying. It is said that lysozyme can kill bacteria within 15 minutes. There have been experiments which have shown that tears can even fight bacteria which cause anthrax. Lysozyme can destroy the cell walls of bacteria which would eventually result in the destruction of the bacteria. So, next time when you cry, make sure you get tears and also try to swallow some of the tears instead of wiping it off.

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4. IMPROVES EYESIGHT

Crying can improve your vision. Again, tears coming out while crying is responsible for this. Tears have the ability to lubricate your eyelids and eyeballs. They actually end up hydrating your eyes. Dehydration is one of the common causes of deteriorating eyesight. But, tears can naturally offset this problem. It is common knowledge that dust particles can cause eye problems. But, tears have the ability to take away the dust particles in your eye. Tears can also hydrate mucous membranes present near the eyes. So, the next time you feel itchy in your eyes or your vision seems blurry, try crying with tears.

5. CRYING FACILITATES BREATHING IN BABIES

Newborn babies cry a lot. The crying sound can sometimes be deafening and you may think that something is wrong with the baby. But, crying is actually good for babies. As a matter of fact, it is not a good sign if a newborn baby isn’t crying as it may be a sign that the baby is facing breathing difficulties. Most newborn babies cry naturally. But, if a baby is not crying, then doctors try different things such as holding the baby upside down or dipping the baby in cold water just to make the baby cry. This is actually known as a baby’s first cry and is extremely vital for the baby’s breathing once the umbilical cord is cut.

6. INDUCES SLEEP IN BABIES

Making babies sleep is a common challenge that parents face. When a baby cries, its parents try hard to stop it from crying. But, letting him or her cry can help the baby sleep. Parents should learn a technique called ‘controlled crying’ which is effective in inducing sleep in an infant. It is said that a baby sleeps longer after crying and the chances of the baby waking up in between sleep is also reduced as the baby tends to go into a state of deep sleep after controlled crying.

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COVID-19: Nigeria records 1,131 fresh cases, more deaths

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has confirmed 1,131 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The total confirmed cases in the country now stands at 142,578.

The health agency, wile making the announcement yesterday via a report on its website, said eight persons have also died of COVID-19 related disease in the country as total death figure has hit 1,702.

NCDC also confirmed the recovery and discharge of 839 patients in Lagos and Imo States.

The report reads, “1131 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-297

FCT-194

Kaduna-83

Kano-59

Oyo-58

Taraba-53

Imo-52

Osun-47

Plateau-45

Edo-43

Akwa Ibom-42

Rivers-42

Ogun-29

Kwara-24

Benue-21

Nasarawa-16

Ekiti-7

Bauchi-6

Delta-6

Bayelsa-4

Sokoto-2

Gombe-1

 

142,578 confirmed

116,947 discharged

1,702 deaths

“Our discharges today include 773 community recoveries in Lagos State and 66 community recoveries in Imo State managed in line with guidelines”.

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LATEST: Setback In Battle Against COVID As Nigeria Misses Out In WHO Vaccine Supply

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disqualified Nigeria from the first round of supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

According to WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, Nigeria was disqualified based on the country’s inability to meet the standard requirement of being able to store the vaccines at the required -70 degrees Celsius.

Nigeria had indicated interest in being supplied the vaccine being donated by COVAX, a global alliance against COVID-19.

Last week, Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi, had said the country has been working with the World Bank to ensure the supply of the vaccine in the country.

“Nigeria is among 12 countries in Africa that have indicated readiness of the 92 qualified countries for the facility and will by end of February 2021 receive its first shipment of vaccines,” Fayemi had said at the end of a meeting of the forum.

But at a press conference on COVID-19, Moeti said only four African countries were captured in the first supply of 320,000 vaccines.

“In addition, around 320,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have been allocated to four African countries: Cabo Verde, Rwanda, South Africa and Tunisia. Deliveries are also expected later on in February.”

“To access an initial limited volume of Pfizer vaccine, countries were invited to submit proposals. Thirteen African countries expressed an interest in participating in the initiative, and their proposals were evaluated based on current mortality rates, new cases and trends and capacities to deliver this vaccine, including to store it at minus 70 degrees Celsius.

“I have to say that this was a challenging process as we know all countries want to start vaccinating their populations. The supplies were limited but we are glad that we will have a number of countries start and we look forward to working with the other countries to expand this vaccine delivery.”

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the country has recorded over 138,000 COVID cases out of which 1,640 patients have died.

Countries across the world have been vaccinating their citizens against the disease but not a single dose of the vaccine has been administered in Nigeria.

Some wealthy Nigerians, including former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, got COVID vaccine abroad.

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