Is meditation really good for your health?

In the past, meditation was considered to be pseudoscience and that it does not do anything good for the human body. However, there are more and more people who believe in meditation and they meditate almost every day. Meditation is a great way to relax and find your inner peace, while at the same time, leaving your problems out of your mind, at least for a brief moment.

However, relaxation is not the only thing that meditation is good for. According to recent studies, meditation can also help with:

Weight loss

Some holistic practitioners believe that meditation and weight loss are tightly connected and that they go hand in hand. The connection is fairly easy to make – stressed people often make bad food choices, which leads to excess weight. These practitioners strongly believe that the person who meditates can shift focus from stressful things and situations to more peaceful ones and find a way to deal with that stress, which leads to more time to think about what the person is going to eat and it is able to make better food choices.

Pain tolerance

Lots of people who meditate every day suggest that their pain tolerance has increased since they have started meditating. Some researchers suggest to people who don’t even meditate regularly, to meditate when they are in pain, instead of popping some aspirin or pain relievers.

However, it has not yet been proven that people can actually have their pain threshold increased just by meditating. There is a idea that the person who meditates is able to control brain better, especially parts of brain who are in charge of emotions and pain. If this is correct, this basically means that we could be able, through meditation, to control emotions and pain on a certain level.

Reduction of depression

This is yet another idea that is being often told as a positive part of meditation, but, we must say that there is no research that proves that meditation can reduce depression. There were different studies and researches in the past, but none has proven or found a direct link between the reduction of depression and meditation.

Some studies have come close to finding a connection between the two, but, unfortunately, the data they had were simply not enough. On the other hand, there are thousands of people who meditate every day and they claim that meditation have changed their life and for better.

There are even some clinics, that offer courses of meditation – with different techniques you can learn – from yoga to tai chi. Great thing about meditation is that you don’t need any equipment and you can do it wherever you want. If you decide to try, it would be the best to try first the simple meditation and later, if you want, you can try more advanced techniques.

Some of these holistic practitioners recommend meditating just a couple of minutes every day and you should start sleeping better, feel less nervous and that you understand what you feel better.

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