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A benefit of Meditation on the Brain
The brain is by far is the most amazing and complex organ in the body. It is responsible for essentially every function your body performs. Through signals, it tells each of your organs to function, pump blood through your veins. It allows you the ability to remember, speak, read, write, walk and even breathe. It controls your mood by either triggering the release of or decreasing the amount of happy, scared or angry chemicals into your body. Even while we sleep, one’s brain never stops working.
It is made up of a very complex network of billions of nerve cells called neurons, and other cells placed all within and protected by the skull. It requires 20% of the heart’s output of fresh blood and another 20% of the blood’s oxygen and glucose to functioning properly. Interestingly, it is glucose (a type of sugar made by our body) that primarily fuels our brains and keeps it going.
It’s evident that our brain handles quite a load of responsibility on a 24-hour basis.
We have become a society of multitasking wizards with a sensory overload which can affect our brain’s functionality. At times, our brain can go awry and may require a bit of help to keep it functioning clearly and at its optimal capacity. Meditation has proven to have an extremely positive effect on the brain, how it functions and has even shown to change the way our brain works.
A study conducted at Harvard in 2011, found that eight weeks of mindfulness meditation increased cortical thickness in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory in addition to other areas of the brain deal with emotion regulation and self-referential processing.
Additionally, meditation is also beneficial in combating and relieving symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression; all of which are caused by chemicals either released from or not produced enough by the brain in each of these instances. When you are stressed, your brain tells your body to release a natural chemical hormone called cortisol. In instances of anxiety, cortisol and/or adrenaline are raised. In a matter of depression, your brain stops producing enough serotonin which is responsible for feelings of happiness and contentment.
Further research shows that regular meditation can decrease your biological age by 12 years! Yes, you read that right, 12 years!
Not only can meditation help you to improve your brain’s function, but it can also help you live a longer! Sounds like a win-win to me.
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