Meditation Benefits

Meditating changes your brain, and with it, the way your body responds stress. Which works wonders on depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Studies have been suggesting for the past decade that meditation can bring big health benefits, but it wasn't until recent years that research has looked into exactly how it can change the brain.

The latest study, published this month in the journal Biological Psychiatry, studied 35 unemployed men and women experiencing the major stress of searching for a job, and found significant changes to the brain on scans done after just three days of mindfulness meditation. Specifically, there was more activity in the portions dedicated to processing stress, focus, and calmness.

In blood tests, the subjects also showed lower levels of an important marker of inflammation, even four months after the study.

It's this impact on the body's stress response that seems to make meditation so effective in treating mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

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