Functional Medicine Expert Shares Overlooked Health Benefits Of Giving
Dr. Thomas Polucki, top Santa Clarita chiropractor, functional medicine expert, and AM 1220 KHTS’s ‘Family Health Hour’ host, talks about giving in Santa Clarita and feeling good about it.
Giving is a heart healthy, mood lifting, immune boosting, feel-good drug. If you need a boost of feel-good, stress busting natural chemicals coursing through your body, then read on and rediscover the measurable health benefits of giving to charity.
No, I’m not suggesting you join a cult and sign away all your worldly possessions. But there is solid scientific evidence that giving some time or money away has measureable health benefits for the giver.
Giving makes you happy
The Harvard Business School found that despite survey participants’ predictions, spending on others had a more positive effect on happiness than spending on themselves. A UC Riverside study found that one kind act a day for six weeks had lasting measurable improvement in the test subjects’ level of happiness.
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Giving is good for your health
National Institute of Health studies showed that charitable donations activate areas of the brain related to trust, bonding and pleasure. Professor Stephen Post from Stony Brook University reports that giving to others improves the health of subjects suffering with chronic illness. And a UC Berkeley study over a five-year period showed that elderly patients who donated time or money to charity were 44 percent less likely to die than their counterparts who did not give to charity.
Giving creates healthy feel-good drugs in your body
Giving has been linked in numerous studies to measurably increase levels of oxytocin, aka “the love drug,” which turns down the damaging effects of cortisol, aka “the stress drug.” Some studies measured an increase in dopamine, aka “the anti-depressant drug,” and other surveys measured increased secretory IgA, the largest chemical component of your immune system.
The measurable benefits of giving:
- Increases oxytocin levels – warm and fuzzy helper’s high
- Decreased cortisol levels – lowers stress on heart and blood pressure
- Increased dopamine – natural mood lifter
- Increased Secretory IgA – stronger immune system
Giving is a cure for fear. I urge you to try it and see how it works for you.
Suggestion: You could start with volunteering or contributing to Shambala (and earning a tax deduction) to find out how that makes you feel.
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About Santa Clarita Chiropractor Dr. Thomas Polucki
Dr. Thomas Polucki is a Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor and Certified Upper Cervical Chiropractor. Dr. Polucki provides Functional Medicine services in most cities via remote labs and Internet consultations. He sees patients by appointment at 25050 Peachland Ave., Suite 105, Newhall, Calif., 91321. Visit http://www.drpolucki.com for more information or call 661-753-9340 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Polucki also hosts the “Dr. Polucki Family Health Hour” on AM 1220 KHTS radio in Santa Clarita Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon. Click here to listen to the podcasts.
The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease.