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1. To sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.
2. To cherish, foster, keep alive.
3. To strengthen, build up, or promote
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Touch changes our body’s chemistry. There are many areas of the brain that are activated when someone else touches us, in particular the area that has to do with discerning people's intentions.
Receptors in the skin tell us what kind of touch it is; should we relax or spring to action?
In research projects with animals who received no touch or minimal touch, many died or suffered long term damage like:
Underdeveloped immune systems
Reduced body growth
Areas of the brain showed reduced volume