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Is crying healthy?

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Research suggests that crying may help to flush negative chemicals out of the body. There are three types of tears, each with different benefits and causes. Frequent crying is not always good for a person.

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Emotional or stress-related tears contain protein-based hormones that the body produces under stress. Basal tears contain lysozyme, which is an anti-viral and antibacterial agent that protects the eye from bacterial attack. Eye-watering reflex tears wash away irritants and drain them from the eye. Crying reduces stress, helps to deal with sorrow and other deep emotions and entices physical contact. How crying is handled and the reasons that cause a person to cry affect the benefits gained from the process.

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