Top 10 Healthy BENEFITS To Regular MEDITATION

Top 10 Healthy Benefits To Regular Meditation 10. Both Mood And Stress Levels Are Greatly Improved A recent study found that those who meditate,
even as little as eleven hours a month, can see both increased cognitive performance,
and greatly increased mood. Researchers studied 68 university students
over the course of a month, and found that they had an increase in white matter around
the anterior cingulate cortex. This is part of your body’s self-regulation
system, and is used to control mood, among other things. Those who took part in the study had lower
levels of anxiety, anger, fatigue, and depression, than those in the control group. If you are ever in a situation where life
is getting you down; don’t get mad, get to meditating. 9. It Can Help Facilitate Psoriasis Treatments Psoriasis is an immune disorder that causes
your body to think that healthy skin cells are diseased, and sends out a signal to create
new ones, which leads to far too many new skin cells. This causes scaly, itchy patches on people’s
skin, and is believed to lead to an increased risk of stroke. Scientists conducted a study with groups of
people about to undergo phototherapy for their psoriasis. One group was given regular guided mindfulness
meditation sessions along with the phototherapy, and the control group simply had the phototherapy
and nothing else. After going over the results, the scientists
concluded that those who had gone through the guided mindfulness meditation sessions
had decreased stress, as well as quicker resolution of their psoriatic lesions. Basically, those who had meditated healed
both faster and better. 8. It Can Reduce Your Risk Of Schizophrenia And
Other Psychotic Disorders Scientists at Yale learned that experienced
mediators tend to turn off the part of the brain with “me” thoughts, as well as mind-wandering. The researchers believe that these states,
in their pathological form, are associated with schizophrenia, autism and anxiety disorders. Meditation allows for people to be more present-centered,
instead of self-centered, according to the scientists. It is believed that schizophrenia has a strong
genetic factor, but certain circumstances come into play as to whether someone at risk
for the disease actually develops it. Meditation could help someone, who might otherwise
be at risk, avoid contracting the disease, or at least control their symptoms better. 7. It Can Reduce Cholesterol And Help Prevent
Cardiovascular Disease Scientists discovered, after multiple tests
and controls, that a seven-step program in transcendental meditation (which doesn’t
require any change in religious or philosophical belief) for just twenty minutes twice a day,
can have incredible health benefits. They discovered that this form of meditation
can reduce cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular
disease. It was also found to decrease the effects
of problems like angina pectoris and carotid atherosclerosis. The former involves chest pains due to obstruction
or spam of the coronary arteries, and the latter is a constriction of the carotid artery. None of those problems sound very good, but
transcendental meditation is a great, cost-effective way to help improve symptoms, though treatment
should still involve professional medical care. 6. It Can Help Control And Reduce Asthma Symptoms Scientists studied a group of 70 asthma patients
who used inhalers regularly, and had them perform yoga meditation over a three-month
period. The members of the case group showed improvement
in their pulmonary functions, decreased respiratory rate, less need to use their inhalers, fewer
asthma attacks, and a decreased pulse rate. The researchers are not entirely sure what
caused these incredible effects on the patients, but they believe it may have something to
do with an increased amount of endorphin activity, airway muscle dynamics, and better balance
in the autonomic nervous system. We could also go with the fact that those
with asthma have trouble breathing properly, and meditation is very focused on improving
breathing. 5. It Can Help You Beat Addiction In a recent study, scientists had 19 adults,
who were recovering from alcoholism, take part in an eight-week mindfulness meditation
program, as well as having them meditate at home. At the end of the study, the researchers concluded
that the participants were likely to find the techniques very beneficial for beating
addiction. The participants themselves rated the meditation
as being very helpful, and many desired to keep doing it regularly at home. The reason for its effectiveness is believed
to be that the meditation reduced their stress levels and helped them cope with the cravings,
as well as giving them increased mindfulness. This can work for any addiction, be it alcohol
or cigarettes. 4. It Can Help Improve Your Immune System Scientists wanted to learn if mindfulness
meditation could improve people’s immune systems. The researchers did a study, where a group
of healthy people were given an eight-week clinical training program on mindfulness meditation. The control group did not meditate at all. At the end of eight weeks, scientists gave
both groups a flu vaccine. The scientists found that those who had meditated
for eight weeks prior had a significantly larger antibody-to-influenza ratio, than those
who had not mediated. They believe that this demonstrably proves
that meditating, for even as short a period as eight weeks, can significantly improve
your immune system. If you tend to get sick a lot, this may be
a great way to improve your life. 3. It May Help You Lose Weight In a recent study, researchers wanted to find
out if mindfulness meditation could prevent stress-eating among obese women, and help
them lose weight over time. 47 women were assigned to one of two groups. The control group was given basic information
about diet and exercise but that was it, while the other group was given daily mindfulness
meditation exercises, to help them reduce stress and fight the urge to overeat. Scientists tested for how they ate, their
Cortisol Awakening Response (a stress hormone), abdominal fat, weight, anxiety, and mindfulness. They found that those who meditated regularly
had less anxiety, more mindfulness, and were less likely to over eat. They also found a reduction in CAR and, while
the effects were not very noticeable over a short period of time, scientists associated
these responses with a reduction in abdominal fat. On the other hand, the control group did not
receive the sort of benefits those who meditated got, and some even gained weight. The main takeaway is that meditation helps
you control your cravings, stops you from stress-eating, and can lead to significant
weight loss over time. 2. It Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s The same Yale researchers from before also
did functional magnetic resonance imaging scans on experienced mediators, who were using
three different techniques. The researchers found that those who were
experienced at meditation tended to have decreased activity in the default mod network. This network is known for causing the buildup
of the beta amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s disease. It might not necessarily cure you if you already
have Alzheimer’s, although researchers believe meditation would be helpful even if you already
have the disease. However, it definitely will help prevent it
from happening in the first place, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you are getting older, and are worried
about Alzheimer’s, daily meditation could save your brain. 1. It Improves Cognitive Function Researchers have known for awhile that those
who have meditated regularly for a long time have increased cognitive ability, including
increased brain connectivity and better fluid intelligence. Scientists wanted to find out, however, if
someone could get similar effects after only a few days with no previous experience meditating. At the end of a four-day study, scientists
discovered that even those who had never meditated before had improvements in visuo-spatial processing,
working memory, attention, and executive processing. The meditation training also improved their
minds, even though they had never tried it before, leading to decreased anxiety, reduced
fatigue and increased mindfulness. What we are saying is that, in just a few
days, meditation will make you much smarter, and it won’t even take much time out of
your day.

Jerry Heath


  1. Alcohol and cigarettes… How about heroin… Does it work on heroin addiction?

  2. I am thinking of taking up meditation as it will make a change from sitting around doing nothing.

  3. Anyone know where I can find a tutorial to meditate that is actually decent? I know it sounds dumb that I might need help, but I have yet to find a good tutorial that explains it well.

  4. I'm a skeptic and these types of results came about because the researches wanted them to. There are many types of meditation to the point where the word has no meaning. However if you are clearing your mind of thoughts you have stopped thinking which makes your brain kind of useless. Also, I've yet to hear the difference between meditating and day dreaming.

  5. What kind of meditation yields these results? Just your basic focus on your breathing/breath counting stuff or something more like qi gong?

  6. Thank you for another entertaining and education video Simon. As usual I enjoy watching them. The greatest benefit of meditation is to develop a connection with the true form that lies within us all. Once achieved, you remain in a constant state of inner peace that acts as an armour, which makes one immune to the worries and woes created by desires and insecurities that stem from the ego's pursuit of everlasting happiness through material objects. That should have been the number one benefit on your list.

  7. A fantastic reminder about why I feel better whilst meditating. Thanks TopTenzNet

  8. How do you know if you're doing it right? What's the difference between meditating and trying to meditate?

  9. Thank you for this info.  You just got me to seek out a Yoga class . . . seriously.

  10. why meditate when I'm always in a hurry rushing in traffic so I can watch 8 hours of TV. – most americans

  11. This is a very informative video thank you very much for this. I am new to meditation but seems to be helping me in incredible ways. Please try it. If I can so can you!!!

  12. I think people in first world countries are more prone to schizophrenia, stress, anxiety, depression, and all those other issues that meditation is helpful for

  13. A major flaw in meditation research is that it does not address the affective component of meditative states, which clearly implicate relaxation and states of alert arousal and the perceptual events which elicit them. Meditation research generally relies upon comparative self-reports of meditators and non-meditators, or fmri (functional magnetic resonance imaging) or brain scans that measure cerebral blood flow. However, neither can isolate the neuro-muscular and neuro-chemical activity (e.g. activity of dopamine and opioid systems in the brain) that correlate with subjective affective states, or how neuro-muscular activity is a function of cortical activity as mapped to experience or learning. Because these research methods and tools cannot determine the etiology or source of the positive affect associated with meditation, it is no surprise that meditation remains without an adequate explanation.

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  14. Thank you, Simon! And here's an alternative view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AurvPu0nsHw&t=18s

  15. The part about Alzheimer really caught my attention, as my grand-mama, my mom's mother's mother, had it. Because it's believed to be hereditary, there's a chance we may develop it as well.

  16. Those are unreal benefits, and just the tip of the iceberg too! I'm slowly strengthening my meditation practice. It has challenging moments but it's so important to slow down these days.

  17. The enlightend Buddha brought meditation to us.

    I'm spiritual I'm not a Buddhist but I know a lot of information on gods and I don't have a religion. This is my opinion so don't go freaking out on me with ur religioun or something please.

  18. Hi I found a place where you can find lot of new yoga and fitness tips available online. Go to Google and type: "MindYoga4U". This is going to definitely help you.

  19. Great motivation to meditate. Share with anyone who calls you weird for doing so lol. I needed this.

  20. Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else wants to uncover affirmation meditation youtube try Reflective Folio Fixer (just google it ) ? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my mate got excellent results with it.

  21. Meditation is the best! You don’t got to leave a like it’s just true! Don’t give me a like! Don’t!

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