4 Surprising Benefits of Meditation

I’m sure you’ve heard meditation is good for you.

That it can relax you and help you sleep better.

Both true.

But did you know it can also slow down your aging and give you a bigger brain?

I’m not kidding!

Let’s look at some of the benefits of meditation you might not have heard of and just might surprise you.

#1 Increase the size of your most important organ — your brain!

Research shows that people who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don’t.

Does this mean it can make us smarter?

Sure looks that way.

Researchers at Harvard, Yale and MIT have found that meditation increases thickness in the parts of the brain responsible for attention and processing sensory input.

On top of that, two key areas of the brain associated with memory, the hippocampus and the frontal lobe, both show significantly increased activity during meditation.

By stimulating these vital areas, both long-and short-term memory improves.

It’s kind of like upgrading your computer to work faster and more efficiently.

#2 Fight off the common cold

Winter’s coming!

And with it, those dreaded days of snuffling and coughing.

But perhaps not if you keep up with your meditation.

A new study from the University of Wisconsin found that adults who practiced mindful meditation suffered less from winter ailments than those who didn’t.

It’s because regular meditation reduces the amount of stress chemicals in your body that tires out your immune system.

#3 Meditation is an anti-aging therapy

Who wants to stay younger for longer?

Silly question, right? I actually had trouble typing that with my hand raised in the air.

Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Hoge has shown that people who meditated daily for at least four years had longer telomeres.

Telomeres are protective caps on the ends of chromosomes, and short telomeres are thought to be markers of accelerated aging.

A separate study showed that those who could keep their mind focused on the present had longer telomeres than those who couldn’t.

Now that’s incentive to keep meditating. 🙂

#4 Meditation for weight loss?

Would you be surprised to learn meditation can help you lose weight?

Check out the short video I made to find out more.