So you’ve replaced your coffee with green tea, are eating your super foods, and exercising regularly. With all of this effort you’re probably patting yourself on the back and enjoying the benefits of an active and nourished body. We have one question for you though, are you meditating regularly? We get it, it’s hard to find time, it’s hard to sit still, and sometimes it doesn’t feel that it’s ‘working’.
However the science is indisputable, meditating has proven to be incredibly beneficial to our minds and our bodies. There are entire sections of bookstores dedicated to meditating and its impact on our health but we’re going to share just a few of the benefits here.
As we age, our risk for disease and brain deterioration increases. Often times we wait until we’re older with symptoms to medicate or change our lives to fight the symptoms of age-related illness. But there is an alternative, science has surprisingly found that meditation can effectively fight the brain from aging. People who meditate regularly show to have less tissue decline and have less pronounced ‘grey matter– related atrophy’ in their brains.
The World Health Organization recently called depression an epidemic that will result in more loss of life than war, suicides, cancer, and stroke by the year 2030. That means that it’s likely depression will affect you or someone you know. Plus, our mental health can be directly linked to the likelihood that we’ll contract or develop disease, which means many of us are going to be diagnosed and medicated in the not so far future. Amazingly, meditation has shown to effectively fight anxiety and depression, which is fantastic news for everyone. Anyone who suffers from anxiety or depression knows that every improvement in mental welfare is a huge help and meditation is accessible and available to everyone.
With so many distractions today many of us have more than a few apps, calendars, and notebooks to help us stay organized. It can also be challenging to stay focused, on task, or concentrated. Meditation has shown to increase mental ability and focus, meaning taking some time to quiet the mind will make you more efficient and focused throughout the day.
You might not associate meditation with a healthy digestive system but surprisingly one study did find a correlation between some people who meditate and improved stomach and digestive issues. The likely reason for this is that stress can cause or aggrivate issues in our bodies when digesting food and since meditation helps reduce stress it can reduce symptoms of digestive problems caused by it as well.
Sitting down to quiet the mind has been shown to reduce blood pressure, findings that will be good news for the more than 60 million Americans who currently suffer from hypertension. Although researchers from the study advised that meditation on its own isn’t recommended; it is most effective with other treatments like lifestyle changes and medication.
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