Appetite hormones and Laughter Hormones affect much like a Workout

Appetite hormones and Laughter Hormones affect much like a WorkoutAccording to the molecular research laboratory at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda Calif, said that the “mirthful laughter” reduces the stress hormones known as cortical and catecholamine, much the same way that moderate physical exercise does. The study involved 14 healthy volunteers, average age 21 and the participants selected one of the 20 segment videos with choices included with Bill Cosby, Jeff Foxworthy and others in the humorous segment video. While the other segment included a video which were stressful to watch like the movies, “Saving Private Ryan “a graphic World War II movie. The researchers measured each subject’s blood pressure and took blood samples immediately before and after watching the respective videos.

The blood sample was separates and the researchers compared the hormones levels pre and post viewing and found that participants who viewed distressing videos showed no significant change in their appetite hormone levels while the participants who watched the humorous video had changes in blood pressure. Dr. Berk, said, “The ultimate reality of this research is that laughter causes a wide variety of modulation and that the body's response to repetitive laughter is similar to the effect of repetitive exercise”. He also added, “The value of the research is that it may provide for those who are health care providers with new insights and understandings, and thus further potential options for patients who cannot use physical activity to normalize or enhance their appetite,".

Mary Bennett, PhD. director of the Western Kentucky University School of Nursing in Bowling Green, who has also researched and published on the value of humor and laughter said, “"It looks like it is possible that a brief period of laughter affects the hormones that control appetite in such a way that it might improve appetite We don’t know the dose of laughter or how often the dose needs to be applied to make a real difference in people's health”.