Wise people have been using meditation to improve their lives for the better for thousands of years, but it is only recently that science has caught up with the monks, swamis, and yogis and come to the realization that the completely free practice of meditation really can improve your life. Here are just a handful of scientifically proven ways that meditation can make you healthier:
The deep relaxation that is central to a type of meditation known as progressive muscle relaxation has been found to improve the immunity of cancer patients, according to a study conducted by Ohio State University. Another study by the same university found that one month of solid relaxation was able to boost natural killer cells in older people, making them better able to resist viruses and tumors.
Relieve Depression and Anxiety--
Although meditation cannot completely cure one of depression and anxiety disorders, several studies have found that practicing mindfulness meditation can reduce the symptoms. In fact, in many cases, mindfulness has been found to perform as well as antidepressants and other more intensive forms of therapy.
Meditation has even been found to be helpful in the management of drug and alcohol addictions. By using mindfulness to focus on the present moment, many peoples struggling with addictions are able to find the strength to overcome their problems and lead a healthier life. When used in conjunction with professional addiction counselling and programs, meditation really can transform the life of addicts.
Rather surprisingly, a study conducted by the University of Western Australia discovered that women were more likely to get pregnant when they were relaxed, and since meditations one of the cheapest and most effective way of relaxing, it is something that any woman who wishes to get pregnant should try.
Helps to Prevent Dementia--
If you are worried about losing your faculties as you get older, sit down, close your eyes and concentrate on your breath. Numerous studies have found a link between meditation and brain health, with signs pointing to the fact that regular meditators are much less likely to suffer serious cognitive decline than those who do not practice.
Lower Blood Pressure--
Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that meditation was able to lower blood pressure by lowering the body’s response to stress hormones in a way that is very similar to how blood-pressure medications work, which means that, if you have a problem with high blood pressure, it is a more affordable option than taking expensive drugs.
Meditation can also help you de-stress and that can help to keep your blood pressure low, too!
If you meditate regularly, you should not be surprised to see an improvement in your memory. Regular meditation promotes brain growth in various areas, including the part of the brain that deals with memory, so if you’re getting a bit forgetful, get meditating to restore order.
If your child suffers from ADHD, it may be worth teaching them to meditate before reaching for the Ritalin because several studies have shown meditation can help to calm children with ADHD and allow them to live normal lives drug free.
So, what are you waiting for? Close your eyes and start meditating right now!