We know we can’t stop aging, but we can certainly optimize the aging process. Here, we discuss 4 ways meditation is the proverbial fountain of youth for everyone — both young and old:
1. Meditation repairs old, frayed DNA strands. Have you ever noticed how a new president (or other person of power) seems to age a decade within their first couple years in office? Stress, according to many longevity scientists, is the new “biological clock” — a dominant force which can make you look old long before your time. In fact, the tip-like “telomeres” within our DNA begin to “fray”, just like the shoe laces on your favorite running shoes, over time and especially under stress.
A great way to measure outward aging, luckily telomere damage can be slowed down and even reversed. Scientists at the University of California-Davis found meditators to have remarkably more telomerase activity within their white blood cells, indicating far greater health and longevity. Indeed, adding both quantity and quality years to your life is the meditation standard.
2. Meditation helps the biochemicals specific to longevity. Dr. Vincent Giampapa, M.D. a well-known longevity researcher, discovered that when someone reaches the brainwave frequencies of meditation, Alpha and Theta, DHEA levels went up 40% to 90%, melatonin was boosted up to 300%, while the “age accelerator” cortisol was lowered by half (EquiSync has a heavy focus on these ultra important brainwaves).
In case you didn’t know, DHEA and melatonin are best known for memory, feelings of well being, immune system function, & creating restful sleep. Cortisol is the one hormone you want less of — as too much can raise your blood pressure, slow your brain, cause inflammation, and cause you to become overweight & weak. Meditation makes all the good juices flow (while reducing the bad ones), keeping you young and healthy.
3. Positive thinkers live nearly a decade longer. A recent 23 year long study of 660 people (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology) concluded that participants with a positive attitude lived nearly 7.5 years longer than the control group, after all other factors were normalized. To put this into perspective, physical exercise only adds about 2 years.
A 2005 study by Harvard neuroscientist Dr. Sara Lazar showed that meditators had greatly increased prefrontal cortical thickness, an area of the brain associated with high levels of happiness. Another example of science proving what practitioners have known for centuries — meditation allows us to live fuller, happier, and longer lives.
4. Meditation works wonders for the aging brain. Getting older can wreak havoc on the brain. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Poor memory, inability to focus, and clouded thinking all tend to manifest themselves within the confines of the aging brain. The good news is that meditation fixes all of the above. Meditation strengthens the hippocampus and frontal lobe, each known for short and long term memory.
When meditators brains are put under the scientific microscope, a state best known as “whole brain synchronization” can be seen (and easily accessible when combined with EquiSync®). In this advanced state of mind, hemispheric blood flow increases between the right and left hemispheres, much like how a joggers legs get pumped during a brisk 3 mile run. The benefits during this state are immense for the aging brain, including higher cognitive functioning — accelerated learning, better reading comprehension, better writing, more articulate speech, higher IQ, increased creativity, etc.
Meditation not only reverses much of what father-time does to us, it can also raise your brain power to levels much higher than even your prime years.
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