Health Benefits of Meditation
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Benefits of Meditation
Meditation has many benefits; it helps you to concentrate better and to focus, to be more calm and balanced in your daily life, to control your emotions more easily, and to feel more grounded. It improves your performance in areas such as relationships, work and sports. It helps you to take a different perspective of your life and become stronger in letting go of things, thoughts and emotions. It reduces stress and anxiety, it strengthens our immune system and helps us to sleep better. Meditation helps us to feel happiness from the inside, just by being in the present moment and allowing ourselves to truly feel it.
Here are some health benefit that can come directly to you, and will get more engraved after a few weeks of daily meditations:
Melatonin is one of the key ingredients for a deep slumber. Researchers at Rutgers University have shown those who meditate have a 98% increase in melatonin levels. This means they can fall into a deeper sleep easier. Meditators also have more calm and pleasureable brainwaves compared to insomniacs.
Dr Bruce Lipton, a leading cell researcher argues stress causes 95% of diseases. That’s huge. Internalising daily stresses starts as just shallow breathing and tightening of the muscles, yet long term this weakens your immune system, accelerates ageing and shrinks brain tissue. Meditation releases neutralising chemicals that have been scientifically proven to minimise stress and quieten mind chatter.
Drop an inch
One of the lesser known benefits of meditation is weight loss. Not suprisingly, a lot of weight gain is linked to impulsive food choices. Having a clear state of mind keeps these in check. Studies have shown meditators have more will power and higher activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain that controls impulses.
IQ is no longer the most desirable form of intelligence, emotional intelligence is far more useful in both our careers and personal lives. People with high emotional intelligence demonstrate more empathy, altruism, self-awareness and adaptabiility. Meditation has been shown to increase emotional intelligence and these qualities through the process of neuroplasticity – rewiring your brain over time.
GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) is better known as the chemical that makes you feel calm. Studies have proven that after a mere 60 accumulative minutes of meditating increase levels of GABA by 27% - resulting in less anxiety and racing thoughts. Meditation also releases endorphins, a natural high that elevates feelings of happiness.