The Benefits of Hugs

For Samantha Hess, giving hugs is a lucrative business. Samantha is a famous professional cuddler in Portland. She cuddles people of all types for $60 per hour. In fact, she advertises her services online. She has this website that you can check. The website is Cuddle Up To Me.


To some Singaporeans, this is an odd job or profession. You have to understand the benefits of hugs so you will appreciate Samantha’s intentions. Here are the benefits of hugs:

  • It builds sense of security: When you are wrapped in the arms of another, you feel safe and secure. That is a good feeling.
  • It boosts oxytocin levels: Believe it or not, hugs can boost oxytocin levels. It will lift you especially if you feel lonely and angry.


  • It can strengthen the immune system: You have to believe that hugging can strengthen the immune system. The pressure on your sternum and the oxytocin it releases plus the serotonin can strengthen the immune system.
  • It relaxes muscles: When you hug, notice that it relaxes the muscles. The feeling of giving into a deep hug is enough for the muscles to ease up.
  • It makes you feel good: More importantly, hugs can make you feel good.

According to a family therapist, Virginia Satir, you need at least four hugs a fay to survive, eight for maintenance and twelve for growth. Hugs can make a difference at the end of the day. You can give free or you can charge. Regardless, it will change the person’s disposition in life. Many Singaporeans need hugs.


What You Need to Know About Peptic Ulcers

In general, ulcers refer to the sore created when there is a destruction of skin or mucus membrane. Peptic ulcer disease is characterized by soreness in the stomach’s lining or the duodenum. Ulcers can be a cause of infection, large amounts of acid production and excessive use of NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen. Here’s an overview of peptic ulcers:



Symptoms for mild cases include nausea accompanied by vomiting, swelling up, heartburn and nibbling pain (in the upper or middle stomach) between meals. If the ulcer is serious, weight loss, black stools, throwing up blood and severe pain (in the upper or middle stomach) may be experienced.

Ulcers are usually not that serious but you should not ignore the warning signs because failure to address it can lead to more serious diseases. Ulcers excuse no one. People with family history of ulcers, alcohol drinkers and people over 50 years old may be affected.   


Doctors will know your condition once you lay all the symptoms however to be sure, doctors will ask you to do series of tests. Doctors will suggest upper endoscopy if you complain severe pain. A small tube will be inserted to the throat passing through the stomach to look for abnormalities or destruction.


The doctor will first determine the severity of the ulcer. If it is mild, they can prescribe ulcer medications like Proton Pump Indicators (Prevacid, Aciphex, Protonix, etc.) and antibiotics. If it is severe, they will perform endoscopy or surgery.

To prevent or at least reduce ulcers, you need to change your lifestyle. Avoid drinking and smoking. You should remember not to overuse NSAIDs. Of course you need to eat the right foods to be healthy.