Surprising benefits of meditation
Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. Its history dates back to the ancient time in India and began to spread to many cultures in the world. Nowadays, it is considered as a way to achieve mental balance and inner peace. This article will discuss about numerous advantages of practicing meditation.
1. Reduces inflammation:
In some cases, inflammation is the body's reaction against an allergen or infection. However, chronic inflammation will change the inflammatory cell. It attacks normal healthy cells and tissues, thereby causing health problems like diabetes, cancer or Alzheimer. Meditation can help reduce the harmful effects of chronic inflammation.
2. Improves brain function:
A study published in the journal Psychological Science shows that meditation for two weeks reduces mental stress and improves cognition. Meditation can dramatically increase brain activity, helping the entire brain to function at the same time, giving people the ability to work faster, more easily and more attentively.
3. Reduces cravings:
In a recent study, people with big appetite, after meditating regularly, thought "hunger would pass", they overcame hunger and lost weight successfully.
4. Fights premature aging:
One of the main causes of aging is stress. This is because chronic stress shortens telomeres (the repetitive sequence of DNA at the ends of chromosomes). Frequent meditations will help to prolong the telomeres, increase cellular lifespan, help stabilize the mind, reduce stress hormone cortisol and therefore prevent aging.
5. Helps with mental health:
Meditation can boost your mood by reducing the risk of depression because it has a positive effect on the brain. Studies show that meditation can inhibit the release of mood altering Cytokine, the substance that can lead to depression.
6. Relieves pain:
Meditation helps relieve stress, relaxes the mind, when meditate, you focus more on the area of the body aches, control it through breathing and with your mind. This helps relax the muscles and relieves the pain.
7. Strengthens the immune system:
According to one study, participants in meditation practice will produce higher antibody levels to fight against the influenza virus. Meditation helps prevent illness and infection, thus reducing the chance of getting a cold.
8. Improves cardiovascular health:
A study in the American Journal of Hypertension found that adolescents who meditated for 30 minutes each day had more stable blood pressure than those who did not. High blood pressure is known to be a major cause of heart attack and stroke; therefore, patients with high blood pressure are advised to do meditation regularly.
By: Oscar Jones