The health benefits of meditation come in a long list, and this probably explains why a lot of people are into it. For many, meditation is their choice when it comes to lessening stress and improving their concentration levels. Although most people know about the mental benefits that meditation has to offer, meditation also helps improve a person’s physical condition. Typically, we might picture meditation as having to go to a Buddhist temple or travel to another end of the world just to do it but right in the comfort of our homes, we can actually practice it and incorporate it into our daily life. So, how meditation changes the brain and body? Here are some of the ways:
Meditation is Good for the Brain
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The University of Yale conducted a study last 2006 showing how medication can actually help in increasing the thickness of the cortex. The study included 20 participants that have been practicing meditation and meditates for 40 minutes every day but led typical lives. They have jobs from various industries. These participants were then being compared with people who do not meditate, and it was here where it showed how those who regularly meditated had more gray matter in the brain which corresponds to perception involving visual and auditory senses.
Meditation makes your emotional state positive
Regular meditation results in an increase in activity in the part of the brain that is connected to lower levels of anxiety and a balanced emotional state. Practicing meditation for an hour and three times every week can lead to positive changes in your mood. This is a common benefit of meditation. This is particularly the case among those who had high-stress levels and resorted to meditation.
Improved Circulation Through Better Breathing and Improved Heart Rate
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine released a statement saying that meditation has a great effect on the parasympathetic nervous system. It is the parasympathetic nervous system where our heart rate, breathing, and blood flow is controlled. Through meditation, we can slow down the heart rate giving a relaxing and calming effect and helps improve circulation and digestion.
Another added health benefit of practicing meditation is how it is highly effective in controlling pain. According to the Journal of Neuroscience that published a study last 2011 that involved 15 participants, all of which were able to experience some pain relief while some were able to feel up to an astounding 40 percent of pain relief. This was seen to be better than pain-relieving drugs which can lessen pain by only 25 percent.
Better Immune Function
The Psychosomatic Medicine released a study that was published in their July and August 2003 issue showing how people who are into meditation actually have a stronger immune system. The study divided its participants into two groups–one group meditated for eight weeks, the other group did not do any meditation. After eight weeks, the participants from both groups received a flu vaccine. It showed that those from the group who meditated had a significant increase in antibodies in the blood compared to those who did no meditation at all.
If you feel that your schedule is just too busy, you can always enrol yourself to an online meditation course in which you can figure out what time will fit your schedule.