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10 Things Meditation Does for your Health

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10 Things Meditation Does for your Health

10 Things Meditation Does for your Health

Contrary to what some may believe, meditation is much more than a religious practice, in fact it has many benefits for a person’s emotional and physical health.

10. Improves mood and decreases stress

It has been shown that when you meditate at least 11 hours per month you’ll see increased cognitive performance and greatly increased mood because it increases white matter around the anterior cingulate cortex, which controls mood; among other things, it helps lower levels of anxiety, anger, fatigue, and depression.

9. Help facilitate psoriasis treatments

It was proved by scientific analysis that people who meditate reduce their levels of stress, therefore their results after phototherapy during psoriasis treatment were measurably better than those who didn’t meditate.

10 Things Meditation Does for your Health

8. Reduces risk of schizophrenic episodes and other psychotic disorders

Meditation turns off the part of the brain with ‘me’ thoughts and mind wandering, allowing people to be more present-centered rather than self-centered. Meditation can help someone who might be at risk to avoid contracting the disease, or to better control symptoms.

7. Reduces cholesterol and helps prevents cardiovascular disease

Meditation can reduce cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease including angina pectoris and carotid atherosclerosis.

6. Control and reduce asthma symptoms

Meditation can improve pulmonary function, decrease respiratory rate, decrease number of asthma attacks, and lower pulse rate, reducing need for inhalers; this may be caused by the increased amount of endorphin activity, airway muscle dynamics, and improved balance in the autonomic nervous system meditation provides.

5. Helps conquer addiction

Meditation reduces stress and helps people cope with cravings while increasing mindfulness. This can work for any addiction, including alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes.

10 Things Meditation Does for your Health

4. Improves your Immune System

Meditation can significantly improve your immune system. If you tend to get sick often or suffer from an autoimmune disease, this can be a great way to improve your life.

10 Things Meditation Does for your Health

3. Lose Weight

Meditation helps you control cravings, stops you from stress-eating, and can lead to significant weight loss over time.

2. Prevent Alzheimer’s

Meditation may lower the activity in the default mod network, known for causing the buildup of beta amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s disease.

1.Improves cognitive functions

Researchers have known for a while that those who meditate regularly for a long period of time have increased cognitive ability, including increased brain connectivity and better fluid intelligence.


Edited 7/31/14

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