6 (Proven) Health Benefits of Meditation
August 8, 2019 Written by: Costectomy
Meditation is an ancient spiritual practice that helps develop control over the mind, improve focus, and increase concentration. Modern research shows the potential for several additional benefits to meditation, particularly for your health and well-being. Listed below are the top scientifically-proven benefits of regular meditation:
1) Reduces anxiety and depression
Meditation helps in developing control over our feelings and emotions, helping to reduce stress. Studies show that the stress hormone, cortisol, is lower in people who regularly practice meditation. A recent literature review also indicated that people who meditate display significant improvements in symptoms of anxiety and depression.
2) Controls hypertension
Stress is a significant contributor to hypertension (high blood pressure). By decreasing cortisol levels, meditation has similar effects of blood pressure-lowering medication. Meditation also increases the body’s levels of nitric oxide—a gas that relaxes blood vessel musculature, leading to lower blood pressure levels.
3) Promotes a good night’s sleep
Stray and worrying thoughts keep us up and sleepless. Meditation helps control these thoughts. It also helps in relaxing and ‘winding down’, promoting better sleep. People who practice meditation not only fall asleep faster, they also sleep longer and sounder.
4) Relieves pain
Pain is a mind-body experience. Studies show that meditation not only reduces the mind’s perception of pain, it actually decreases the neural response associated with pain. Patients have reported a decrease in chronic pain conditions after following a meditation regime.
5) Boosts immunity
People who meditate regularly are more likely to be resistant to infectious diseases. Studies show that meditation increases the body’s lymphocyte levels, which are the blood cells that mount the body’s defence against infections. Meditation also decreases the expression of genes that promote inflammation.
6) Improves concentration and memory
It’s a common fact that meditation improves concentration. People who meditate regularly have also been found to be less likely in developing age-related memory decline or dementia. Actually, studies demonstrate that meditation can even improve symptoms in dementia patients. In addition to these remarkable health benefits, meditation promotes feelings of happiness and well-being. Give meditation a try and experience the positive impact it can have on your life!
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