NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – Halloween is full of scary encounters and uncontrollable screams, but did you know that freaking out has great health benefits?
It is the season of fear.
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âI learned to love him more. I didn’t really like it when I was younger, but now I enjoy a good horror movie, âone person said.
Our bodies all have different reactions to fear.
âI am getting tense. I’m sweating, âsaid one man.
But what if these reactions weren’t all bad?
âHow is fear healthy for us? Steve Overmyer of CBS2 asked cardiologist Dr Nidhi Kumar.
âWhen you are scared for a short period of time, your body releases endorphins. Your body releases dopamine. Your heart rate quickens. Oxygen and blood rush to your muscles and you get bloated and you really feel energized, âKumar said.
It is not only the surge of energy, but also a relaxation response, that triggers the euphoria.
âThe fear isn’t real, there really isn’t a zombie chasing me,â Overmyer said.
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“Well, you should know that by entering [a haunted house]. Hope you know that before you start, âKumar said.
âWell, sometimes they’re pretty believable,â Overmyer said.
Short fear attacks can have positive effects, such as strengthening the immune system.
âWhen your body goes through this stressful surge, you release antioxidants and those fight cell damage, so it can be incredibly healthy that way,â Kumar said.
At this point, consumed by fear, we become more alert and more alert.
When we are afraid, we also release the hormone oxytocin, which can help us feel closer to those around us.
Kumar warns against scaring people with heart problems.
âBut if you’re a young, healthy person this Halloween season, it might be worth it to visit a haunted house, get out there and be a little scared,â she said.
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