6 Benefits of Meditation

The world moves fast and it’s super easy to get overwhelmed and stressed by it all. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the solution is to stop moving and reflect. Science has proven that your mind and body benefits from taking time out of your daily life to shut down and meditate. Here are 6 benefits of meditation:

1. Stress Reduction

Meditation allows you to take charge of your emotions and your nervous system.

2. Protects Your Brain Against Aging

A study from UCLA found that participants who’d been meditating for an average of 20 years had more gray matter volume throughout the brain than non-meditators.

3. Alleviates Depression and Anxiety

Meditation is not the cure to depression or anxiety but it can alleviate many of its symptoms by reducing stress.

4. Encourages Healthy Lifestyle

People who meditate are more likely to eat healthier foods - like fruits and vegetables - and avoid foods that are high in fat and alcohol.

5. Increases Happiness

Studies have shown that meditation increases brain signaling in the left side of the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for positive emotions, while activity decreases in the right side, responsible for negative emotions.

6. Lowers Your Blood Pressure

Meditating causes you to relax, which increases the compound nitric oxide that causes blood vessels to open up and allows your blood pressure to drop.

We have provided a few key benefits of meditation, but there is a multitude of benefits to explore. MRI images have shown a complete change in the brain’s different departments, which results in a relaxation response in the rest of the body. At Advanced Imaging Centers, we encourage our patients to live happy healthy lives. We hope these tips were helpful and that you will be able to fit meditation into your lifestyle.