Meditation is an amazing physical and mental health intervention strategy, it is cheap, accessible and is something you practise almost anywhere.
Having a mindfulness - meditation practise can reduces the load we put on our bodies whether it is perceived or real. It switches off the genes associated with inflammation, switches on genes associated with healthy immunity and genetic repair which seem to slow down the ageing process right down to the DNA of your cells!
Meditation changes your genes. What?! It really does, it reduces the destruction of telomeres and changes the way your DNA is expressing itself, which prevents our DNA from destructing itself and this, in turn, is anti-aging! You MUST watch this video about how meditation is anti-aging and how it prevents cell destruction.
Stress is highly related to weight gain and difficulty in weight loss. Meditation can assist in creating a more calmer you and hence in return assisting with weight management. Stress creates the secretion of the hormone cortisol. It doesn't matter how amazingly you eat or how much exercise you do, if cortisol is telling every cell of your body that food is scarce (prolonged fight or flight response - your body thinks there is a crisis or famine), your metabolism slows down as a result and your clothes will slowly get tighter. Since cortisol is telling every cell in your body to store fat, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to decrease body fat until the cortisol issue is resolved.
Meditation is also an amazing physical and mental health intervention strategy, it is cheap and it is something you can do in your own time. So take the first step towards a more centered, calmer, younger and whole you!
NEUROPLASTICITY & MEDITATION
What is neuroplasticity? It is the brain's ability to change - mould like plastic. Watch this video to learn more about neuroplasticity. Meditation mantras and visualisation exercises during meditation can be utilised to rewire the brain and create new neural pathways. This will assist in altering limiting perceptions, creating healthier 'self-talk' and healthier ways of looking at things.