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Can Meditation Help Keep Your Brain Young?

Meditation and its’ potential youthful effects on the brain.

As people age, their brain’s lose weight and volume.

Meditation Helps Keep Your Brain Calm

Meditation Helps Keep Your Brain Calm

These changes may start to occur in people as early as their mid to late 20s.

Previous research has shown.

People who meditate to lose less brain mass.

Over time than those who do not.

In particular, research concluded.

People who meditated.

Showed less of a decrease in their white brain matter.

White brain matter acts as a connector.

And insulator for gray brain matter.

It carries nerve impulses between the functional parts of the brain.

Gray brain matter houses the various neurological centers of the brain.

Which direct speech, motor skills, memory, etc.

Meditation is an activity practiced by more than 15 million Americans.

And many more people around the world.

It has its roots in eastern culture.

But has been wholeheartedly embraced in western societies.

It has a wide variety of benefits, including:

• Improves sleep
• Inner peace and tranquility
• Reduces chronic pain
• Reduces stress and anxiety
• Reduces depression
• Boosts attention
• Improves immunity
• Helps with weight loss
• Boosts memory
• Improves heart health and lowers blood pressure
• Improves wellbeing and allows for deeper relationships

Now it seems that meditation may also help to keep our brains young.

Interesting Experiments

A team of researchers from UCLA wondered if meditation preserves the gray matter of people who meditate as well.

The researchers found it to have a widespread effect on the entire brain not just specific regions of the brain associated with meditation.

The study compared people.

Having years of meditation experience with those who had none.

People had an average of.

Twenty years of experience with meditating.

The age range of the of the study participants included.

People in their mid-20s to their late 70s.

Nearly equal numbers of men and women.

Participated in the study with 28 men and 22 women.

They found people who meditated.

Still experienced a decline in gray matter with age.

But less in people who did not meditate.

Researchers noted the positive outcome of the study.

But caution people reviewing the results.

They were unable to establish a direct link.

To meditation and the preservation of gray matter.

Another UCLA study conducted in 2012.

Showed people who meditated to have more gyrification folds in their brains.

Which may contribute to an ability to process information faster than usual.

Meditation appears to allow practitioners.

To maintain both white and gray matter.

And form increased connections in the brain.

It seems to keep the brain young.

Along with its positive effects on white and gray brain matter.

Meditation appears to have a positive effect on other body functions.

 

Anti-Aging Benefits Of Meditation

The youth preserving and renewing benefits of meditation include:

• Meditation increases DHEA, which facilitates the production of the hormones that maintain fat and mineral metabolism.
• An increase in Melatonin, which acts as antioxidant, supplies immune support and fights depression.
• A decrease in cortisol, the stress hormone that encourages the body to retain dangerous belly fat associated with heart disease and diabetes.

Meditation Prolongs Brain Health

Meditation Prolongs Brain Health

 

The Effects Of Meditating

Part of feeling and maintaining a youthful mental outlook.

Centers around the quality of one’s thinking patterns.

People Who meditated learn.

To quiet mental chaos.

And build their ability to concentrate.

They experience greater clarity of thought.

And tend to react less and respond more to circumstances.

In short, they maintain their ability to be highly adaptive.

And think quickly with the additional benefit.

Of choosing their response to situations.

Rather than reacting to them.

 

How To Meditate

People who meditated typically meditate at least twice a day.

For twenty minutes per sitting.

Most schools of thought.

Recommend meditation to start the day and to close it.

However, a person may meditate.

Whenever they have time in their schedule to accommodate it.

Meditating is not an all or nothing proposition.

It is also beneficial.

To meditate in shorter increments of time.

Sitting for 5, 10, or 15 minutes.

There are also several different methods of meditating, including:

• Primordial Sound Meditating
• Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
• Zen
• Transcendental Meditating
• Yoga Meditating (Kundalini)
• Focused Attention Meditating
• Open Monitoring Meditating
• Vipassana Meditating
• Loving Kindness Meditating (Metta Meditation)
• Mantra Meditating (OM Meditation)
• Qigong (Chi kung)

 

Getting Started

A person new to meditation needs to be patient.

It takes time to train the mind to focus.

And settle into a consistent practice.

The first step is to decide.

Which from of meditation you wish to practice.

And then learn how to do it.

If possible, obtain the services of an expert.

And there are also many books.

DVD’s and free information available online.

That can teach the exact steps of the particular method preferred.

When beginning, try to meditate at the same time every day.

If this is not possible.

You can still meditate at different time.

Building a meditation practice.

Is more important than when you do it.

The benefits of a consistent practice.

Can develop in a few weeks.

With continued practice preserving your brain’s.

Youthful dynamics for years to come.

 


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