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Submitted by Dr Wilkerson D.C.

How Meditation Contributes to Overall Health

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editation offers many benefits for your mental and emotional health. Regular

meditation reduces stress and anxiety, improves your mood and decreases symp-

toms of depression. Adding meditation to your daily schedule may also help you

lower your risk of some health conditions and diseases.

Asthma Attacks May Decrease:

Strong odors, smoke, and illnesses often trigger asthma

flares, but emotions can play a role too. If you’re stressed or upset, you’re more likely to ex-

perience asthma symptoms. Meditation can help you calm yourself when you begin to feel

worried, stressed or anxious. Practicing meditation every day is a simple way to avoid flare-

ups and keep your asthma under control.

Your Blood Pressure May Lower:

Your emotions can also be a contribut-

ing factor if you have high blood pressure. The more stressed or agitated

you become, the more your blood pressure soars. Unfortunately, uncon-

trolled high blood pressure can increase your risk of heart attack, heart dis-

ease, kidney disease, stroke, and other health problems. Meditation, along

with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and medication, can help you keep

your blood pressure at a safe level.

After reviewing 19 clinical studies on the effects of medication on hy-

pertension, researchers concluded that non-transcendental meditation was

a promising treatment option for high blood pressure. Their meta-analysis

appeared in the April 2017 issue of the Journal of Hypertension.

Tired of Living with Menopausal Symptoms? Try Meditation:

Meno-

pause is referred to as “the change of life” for good reason. The end of your

menstrual cycle is just one of the many changes you can expect during

this time. Hot flashes, irritability, difficulty sleeping, brittle nails and itchy

skin are among the symptoms that can accompany menopause. Meditation

may improve your moods, decrease insomnia and reduce the number and

intensity of hot flashes.

Meditation May Offer a Solution for Chronic Pain:

Chronic pain can

be very difficult to treat. Medications wear off quickly, can be addictive, and often have side effects. People who have

chronic pain may have decreased levels of body awareness, according to a group of researchers who studied the effects of

mindfulness on chronic pain and depression.

Body awareness refers to the ability to understand how the parts of your body function together and how your body

occupies the space around you. The research, which appeared in Frontiers in Psychology, demonstrated that mindfulness

can improve body awareness. Once awareness improves, pain may decrease.

Meditation May Decrease Inflammation Responsible for Multiple Conditions:

It’s hard to overlook a red, inflamed

wound, but inflammation isn’t so obvious when it occurs internally. Chronic inflammation may cause or contribute to a

variety of diseases and health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, hay fever,

cancer, hardening of the arteries, rheumatoid arthritis, and gum disease. A reduction in inflammation just may be one of

the most important effects of meditation.

Meditation Offers a Simple Way to Prevent Respiratory Infections:

Would you like to avoid colds and the flu? Regu-

lar meditation may reduce your risk of developing acute respiratory infections (ARIs), according to research conducted at

the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ARIs are colds, flu, and flu-like illnesses.

Participants aged 30 to 69 were divided into three groups during the study. One group practiced mindfulness meditation,

another participated in an exercise program, while a third group served as the control group. Throughout the four-year

study, 120 people in the exercise group and 134 in the con-

trol group had ARIs, but only 112 people in the meditation

group suffered from respiratory infections.

Practicing meditation, in addition to receiving chiroprac-

tic care, can help improve your mental and physical health.

Are you ready to take advantage of the many benefits of

meditation? Contact us for more information on how medi-

tation may reduce your risk of some health complications.

Sources:

Journal of Hypertension: Meditation and Blood

Pressure, 4/17

https://journals.lww.com/jhypertension/Ab-

stract/2017/04000/Meditation_and_blood_pressure__a_

meta_analysis_of.5.aspxUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison:

Exercise and Meditation Appear to Reduce Common Colds

and Flu, 7/3/1

8https://www.med.wisc.edu/news-and-

ev

ents/2018/july/exercise-meditation-reduce-common-

colds-flu/Mayo Clinic: Meditation: A Simple, Fast Way

to Reduce St

resshttps://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-proce-

dures/meditation/in-depth/meditation/art-20045858Na-

tional Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.\

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