Weight loss is just the be­gin­ning!

A few more perks you ex­pe­ri­ence when you har­ness the power of your brain

First For Women - - Nutrition -

Find­ings from Har­vard Med­i­cal School re­veal that med­i­ta­tion in­creases gray mat­ter in brain re­gions as­so­ci­ated with learn­ing and mem­ory. And in a study at Wake For­est Univer­sity in Raleigh, North Carolina, med­i­ta­tors scored up to 10 times bet­ter on a work­ing mem­ory task com­pared to peo­ple who didn’t prac­tice the tech­nique— ben­e­fits that were noted af­ter just four daily 20-minute ses­sions. Pa­tients who used hyp­no­sis be­fore ex­am­i­na­tions of an in­fected blad­der ex­pe­ri­enced 75% less dis­com­fort and needed half the amount of painkillers as those who had not used hyp­no­sis, ac­cord­ing to re­searchers at Stan­ford Univer­sity School of Medicine. And in a study con­ducted at SUNY Up­state Med­i­cal Univer­sity, short daily ses­sions of self-hyp­no­sis re­duced se­vere chronic back pain by 80%. In re­search con­ducted at the Univer­sity of Brus­sels in Bel­gium, 57% of pa­tients with mod­er­ate to se­vere hair loss that hadn’t re­sponded to con­ven­tional treat­ments (in­clud­ing med­i­ca­tion) ex­pe­ri­enced in­creases in hair growth of up to 75% af­ter four ses­sions that com­bined med­i­ta­tion and hyp­nother­apy. They also re­ported sig­nif­i­cant de­creases in de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety and im­prove­ments in self-es­teem.

EN­HANCE SLEEP

A study pub­lished in the jour­nal Sleep found that med­i­ta­tion in­creased in­som­nia suf­fer­ers’ sleep time by 44 min­utes. And par­tic­i­pants in a UCLA study who prac­ticed med­i­ta­tion daily noted upticks in sleep qual­ity that were 154% greater than those of their non­med­i­tat­ing coun­ter­parts. Plus, their next-day en­ergy lev­els rose by 32% and moods im­proved by 56%.

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