There is a lot of good work that meditation and the relaxation effect is doing on your body. While relaxation techniques can be very different, their biological effects are essentially similar. Let us check out below:
1. Meditation reduces risk of heart diseases and stroke
Off lately, heart diseases have become one of the most prominent causes of deaths. Transcendental Meditation is the most effective in reducing the risk of mortality and stroke in coronary heart disease patients.
2. Meditation affects genes that control stress and immunity
After practicing meditation, the meditators develop improved mitochondrial energy production, consumption, and resiliency. This improvement helps in building a higher immunity in the body system and thus making it more resilient to stress. Apart from this, relaxation appears to boost immunity in recovering cancer patients. When practiced daily, it even reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence.
3. Meditation reduces blood pressure
Meditation lowers blood pressure by making the body less responsive to stress hormones, in a similar way to blood pressure-lowering medication. Zen Meditation is primarily known to reduce stress and high blood pressure. Relaxation results in the formation of nitric oxide, which opens up your blood vessels, and thus reducing the risks of high blood pressure.
4. Meditation decreases inflammatory disorders
Stress leads to inflammation; a state linked to heart disease, arthritis, asthma and skin conditions such as psoriasis. The practice of mindfulness meditation produces a range of genetic and molecular effects on the participants. Meditation can help prevent and treat such symptoms by switching off the stress response. Also, reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes correlate with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.
5. Meditation increases Fertility
According to medical study, women are more likely to conceive during periods when they are relaxed rather than stressed. Meditation reduces the levels of stress in the body thus boosting fertility in women. Stress is also known to reduce the sperm count and motility in males, thereby suggesting relaxation may also boost male fertility.
6. Meditation help treat premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition that affects a woman’s emotions, physical health, and behavior during certain days of the menstrual cycle, generally just before her menses. Serotonin levels affect mood. Serotonin is a chemical in your brain and gut that affects your moods, emotions, and thoughts. Meditation increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior. It also ameliorates the undesirable side effects of menopause, including hot flashes which terrify women mostly in later ages.
7. Meditation may make you live longer
Telomeres are an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age. Some forms of meditation have salutary effects on telomere length by reducing cognitive stress, stress arousal, increasing positive states of mind and hormonal factors that may promote telomere maintenance. Not only this, practicing meditation makes us happy and cheerful, and it is a well-proven fact that if a person remains happy consistently, his age increases and hence lives longer.