Dr Uthman Mubashir, a Public Health Physician of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, has made a new claim about crying.
The man said that emotional tears have special health benefits for people.
According to Vanguard, Mubashir revealed in an interview in Ilorin on Tuesday that crying had “therapeutic emotional freedom”.
“Tears are protective and they lubricate your eyes, remove irritants, reduce stress hormones, and they contain antibodies that fight pathogenic microbes,” he said.
He explained that tears might decrease arousal of distress and make people feel better.
According to him, reflex tears are 98 per cent water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones which get excreted from the body through crying.
Mubashir said that emotional tears shed these hormones and other toxins which accumulate during stress.
The public health physician, who teaches at the College of Health Sciences of the University of Ilorin, noted that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, “our body’s natural pain killer and feel-good hormones”.
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