5 Proven benefits of meditation on your overall health.
There are an end number of benefits of meditation on your overall health from preventing major diseases to making you your most beautiful and successful version.
We have listed down below the Top 5 reasons for you to start meditating today.
Do read the conclusion part at the end too for some much important information related to meditation and how you should go about it.
#1 Serious illnesses
Let’s start with serious illnesses that daily meditative practices can prevent or even cure.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation helped reduce the anxiety symptoms in people suffering from this disorder as proved by a study. There was also seen an increase in the positive self-statements and improvement in stress reactivity and coping.
Depression – A review of 18 studies showed that people receiving meditation therapies experienced reduced symptoms of depression, compared with those in a control group.
Dementia – In addition to fighting normal age-related memory loss, meditation can at least partially improve memory in patients with dementia. (Check here)
Addictions – One study in 60 people receiving treatment for alcohol use disorder found that practicing transcendental meditation was associated with lower levels of stress, psychological distress, alcohol cravings, and alcohol use after 3 months.
Obesity – Meditation may also help you control food cravings. A review of 14 studies found mindfulness meditation helped participants reduce emotional and binge eating.
Insomnia – One study compared mindfulness-based meditation programs and found that people who meditated stayed asleep longer and had improved insomnia severity, compared with those who had an unmedicated control condition. Becoming skilled in meditation may help you control or redirect the racing or runaway thoughts that often lead to insomnia. Additionally, it can help relax your body, releasing tension and placing you in a peaceful state in which you’re more likely to fall asleep.
Chronic Pain – One review of 38 studies concluded that mindfulness meditation could reduce pain, improve quality of life, and decrease symptoms of depression in people with chronic pain.
High Blood pressure – A meta-analysis of 12 studies enrolling nearly 1000 participants found that meditation helped reduce blood pressure. This was more effective among older volunteers and those who had higher blood pressure prior to the study.
#2 Better skin
Meditation, especially Yoga, it has been proven has a profound impact in beautifying and clearing and healthifying your skin.
Here is how it does that –
- As the sweat production increases during the Yoga session, the residue toxins from your body starts getting ejected.
- Meditation helps in relaxation which allows the blood to flow more freely nourishing all the organs including the skin in the best manner.
- Enhanced blood flow makes sure that the skin receives all the oxygen it needs, which in turn helps it remain elastic, supple, and evenly toned.
- Also, the relaxing effect of yoga reduces the level of the stress hormone cortisol, which is known to cause acne outbreaks.
- Regular Yoga practice works wonders for your digestion which has a dramatically positive effect on the skin, giving it that nice healthy glow.
#3 Relaxation and Emotional health
Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace by clearing away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.
Inflammatory chemicals called cytokines are released in response to stress and they can affect mood, leading to depression. A review of several studies suggests meditation may also reduce depression by decreasing levels of these inflammatory chemicals.
Some forms of meditation also help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, helping you grow into your best self.
It also lengthens your attention span and focus. Along with emotional health, meditation has proved to increase the IQ of people too by sharpening their analytical skills as various studies have shown.
#4 Reverse ageing
“There was a study reported at the American Geriatric Association convention in 1979 involving forty-seven participants whose average age was 52.5 years. It found that people who had been meditating more than seven years were approximately twelve years younger physiologically than those of the same chronological age who were not meditating.” (Gabriel Cousens, M.D., Conscious Eating, p. 281.) (Source)
#5 Spiritual health
Meditation, along with your physical-mental health and appearance, betters your spiritual health too.
Spiritual health includes a purposeful life, transcendence and actualization of different dimensions and capacities of human beings. Spiritual health creates a balance between physical, psychological and social aspects of human life. (Source)
It makes you see paths that are best suited for you, you become more able to come out of comfort zone, you grow effortlessly in whichever way you want to grow.
It makes you more humble, kind and positive.
You can know about various types of meditation here and pick the one that works for you.