Beneficial Effects of Meditation on Your Body
By: Ana Margarita A. Olar| Vigorbuddy.com
There are so many benefits of meditation and here are some of them which are proven with study and scientific evidence:
Meditation lowers down blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Meditation is known to induce a state of relaxation, which increases the level of nitric oxide in our body. Nitric oxide causes vasodilatation, which means widening of the diameter of our blood vessel, lowering down the blood pressure. And once the blood pressure is controlled, the risk of having stroke and heart disease also declines.
Meditation relieves pain, soothes anxiety and induces happiness.
When you are meditating, mood-boosting endorphins are released. Once you feel euphoria or a state of wellness, it will affect how you react emotionally to every aspect of your life. You will be slow to anger, calmer, and less likely to be affected negatively even when there are stressors around. Meditation is a natural way to combat stress and achieve a feeling of serenity.
Meditation keeps our brain and chromosomes young.
On a study made by UCLA researchers, it showed that meditation appeared to help preserve the gray matter of the brain. It is the tissue which contains the neurons. This means that when gray matter is preserved the less likely a person will have neurological problems. Another study shows that meditation stimulates telomerase activity, which keeps the chromosomes young and slows down cell aging.
Meditation itself is a practice in focusing our attention, this will also improve our focus on things and tasks even when are not meditating.
Meditation boosts the immune system.
According to the study in Psychosomatic Medicine, volunteers who meditated for eight weeks showed a high level of antibody produced against the flu virus.
Premenstrual syndrome, infertility and breastfeeding problems can be improved with women who meditate regularly. Studies show that PMS symptoms subsided by 58 %, and hot flashes were less intense. Women with fertility problems who followed a 10-week meditation program becomes less anxious and depressed and 34% of them became pregnant within six months. And new mothers who meditated on breastfeeding have double milk production.
Other physical effects of meditation include:
- Increased blood flow and slows down the heart rate.
- Increased energy during an exercise
- Induces physical relaxation
- Relaxes the muscles
- Helps in post-operative healing
- Boosts the immune system
- Facilitates weight loss
- Help with reduction of free radicals, leading to less tissue damage.
- Decreases cholesterol levels
- Relieves headaches and migraines
- Provides significant relief from asthma attacks
- Keeps our endocrine system in harmony
- Helps in building up libido and sexual desire
So if you are considering meditation as part of your daily routine, get a mentor, get some health online, and enjoy the benefits that mediation has to offer.