The Health Benefits of Meditation


Often we get overwhelmed in the course of our daily life. This can lead to stress and tensions that can ultimately affect our health. Using meditation on a regular basis gives our mind a chance to quiet itself and adjust to the stresses and strains that are part and parcel of our modern daily life.

Meditation is a useful tool to help us overcome stress and find inner peace. The essence of meditation is to quiet the mind. Each day thousands of thoughts race through our mind. As a result, we do not have a clear and focused mind.

Health Benefits:

Meditation produces the following results in the body:

• During meditation, oxygen consumption drops by 10 to 20 percent and it produces a deeper state of rest than sleep. In fact, 75 percent of insomniacs were able to sleep normally when they meditated

• Meditation is the only activity that reduces blood lactate, a marker of stress and anxiety

• Meditation decreases the stress hormone, cortisol, and increases the calming hormones melatonin and serotonin.

• Meditators secrete more of the youth-related hormone DHEA as they age than nonmeditators. Meditating 45-year-old males have an average of 23 percent more DHEA than nonmeditators, and meditating females have an average of 47 percent more. DHEA is a supplement labeled for anti-aging benefits because it lowers stress, heightens memory, preserves sexual function, and helps control weight.

• Meditation has a profound effect upon three key indicators of aging: (1) hearing ability, (2) it lowers blood pressure, and (3) helps close object vision.

• Long-term meditators experience 80 percent less heart disease and 55 percent less cancer than nonmeditators. (Psychosomatic Medicine 49 (1987): 493-507)


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