Research has shown us that meditation improves our mood, reduces the body’s response to stress and, over time, alters the structure of the brain, according to an article in 3Tags.
Experienced meditators, for instance, can speed or slow their metabolism by more than 60 percent and raise their body temperature by as much as 8°C. Even a little training in meditation can make people calmer, less stressed and more relaxed. As little as 20 minutes a day leads to physical changes, such as reduced blood pressure, lower heart rate, deeper and calmer breathing. Improvements in blood pressure as a result of meditation have also been linked to a lower risk of heart attack, depression, and anxiety.
Meditation increases left-sided, frontal brain activity, an area of the brain associated with positive mood. Interestingly, this increase in left-brain activity is also linked with improvements in immune system activity and mental health. And the more you practice meditation, the greater your immune function is likely to be.
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