Meditation is Good for Your Health. Here Are 10 Reasons Why (Part 2)

10 health benefits of meditation

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In Part 1 of this two-part article, you learned about 5 ways meditation benefits our health and wellness. In this article, you will learn about 5 more health benefits of meditation. 

Read on to learn more.


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Meditation has lots of health benefits

Meditation Health Benefit # 6 – Improves Heart Health

As a 2012 study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found, people who regularly meditated experienced significantly decreased risk of heart-related health conditions, including stroke and heart attack. 

Makes sense if you think about it – stress is one of the biggest contributors to high blood pressure which in turn has a direct impact on the heart. As a result, when stress goes down, so do the issues with the others too. A beneficial chain-reaction if you will.

So if you want a better heart, meditation will certainly be good for you.

Meditation Health Benefit # 7 – Helps Manage Pain

Meditation can have a big impact on your ability to manage pain. This has been confirmed by multiple studies, one of which found that regular meditation decreases the intensity of pain by about 40%, and the general unpleasantness of pain by a about 57%. That is really significant, especially if you are someone who suffers from chronic and/or severe pain. 

Meditation has this impact on our ability to deal with pain by calming the somatosensory cortex in the brain.

So if you are someone who regularly suffers from pain, meditation can significantly improve your life.

By the way, if you suffer from chronic pain, check out this article: 6 Exercises to Help with Chronic Pain in Your Knee, Foot or Hip.

Meditation Health Benefit # 8 – Helps improve focus and attention span

Meditation has been found to have a positive impact on our ability to pay attention, stay focused, and even remember things. This was what a study on a group of human resource workers found – workers who practised meditation regularly were much better at staying focused, and pay attention for longer periods of time than workers who did not meditate. This, goes without saying, has a big impact on productivity levels. 

As such, meditation can be a great resource for improving work and school performance.

Meditation Health Benefit # 9 – Better ageing, and longer life

If you have any interest in how ageing works, it is highly likely that you have come across “telomeres”. These are the caps at the end of our DNA whose function is to protect our chromosomes. They basically do for our chromosomes what the plastic tip of shoelaces do for the shoelaces. Without them, our DNA strands will become damaged easily, which in turn will negatively impact our cells from doing their jobs. 

Suffice to say, they play a really important role. 

Apart from the protection they provide, telomeres are also key to ageing. Higher telomeres activity means we age better, and that is what meditation has been found to promote. A study at the University of California at Davis found that meditation promotes the production of telomerase, the enzyme that helps build telomeres. 

So if you want to live a long, healthy life, meditation can be a really effective tool in your self-care toolbox.

Want to learn more about telomere? Then check out this article.

Meditation Health Benefit # 10 – Improves sleep

Meditation causes calm, which is one of the key factors for good quality sleep. Stress, on the other hand, is one of the biggest contributors (if not the biggest) to bad quality sleep. 

People who meditate regularly generally have better quality sleep than those who don’t. But don’t just take our word for it, try it out yourself for a month and see how it impacts your sleep.

Closing thoughts

As the above points make quite clear, meditation is good for your health.

For many reasons. 

So if you don’t meditate regularly already, it is about time you start. 

On that note, which one of the ten health benefits of meditation speaks to you the most?

As for those of you who meditate, do you have tips or suggestions to share?

Share your thoughts, tips and suggestions in the comments section below.

And if you know a friend who can benefit from learning about meditation, please do share the article. It is only with your help that we can reach and benefit more people. 

Here’s to a better life.

 


References

  • http://www.psyn-journal.com/article/S0925-4927%2810%2900288-X/abstract
  • https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00034/full
  • https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/use-your-mind-change-your-brain/201305/is-your-brain-meditation
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-04-demystifying-meditation-brain-imaging.html
  • http://www.verksampsykologi.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Khoury_2013_mindfulness-metaanalys.pdf

 

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