141 Benefits of Meditation #19 – How meditation helps with digestion.
When many people think of why a person would practice meditation, common end-goals that come to mind are to reach a high level of spiritual awareness or to help lead a peaceful, thoughtful life. However, modern science has discovered a whole slew of ways meditation can help so many other things. For instance, meditation can help digestive problems, such as cramps, bloating, and gas — here are 3 important things to understand:
1. Meditation melts away stress and anxiety. The digestive system is one of the biological processes most affected when the body is tense and anxious. When in stress mode, our body no longer focuses on everyday functioning, like digestion — everything becomes secondary to our body’s “fight or flight” survival response.
This can wreak havoc on the gut, causing inflammation, acid reflux, ulcers, and even food allergies. By calming the mind and body, meditation takes us out of stress mode, allowing a deep level of relaxation so that everything improves on a massive scale, including digesting our food better.
2. Meditation sends much needed help to the digestive system. Central to any meditation program, breathing deeply while focusing the mind will yield many great benefits. Of key importance to the digestive system, especially the stomach and intestines, blood oxygen levels and circulation are multiplied during meditation. This makes digestion so much easier. On top of that, your digestive system’s efficiency will build session after session, providing not only immediate relief but also a long term solution.
3. Meditation can change the mindset which lead us to overeat & have poor food choices. If your digestion problems are linked to poor diet or overeating, then meditation can help. Have you ever considered why people overeat? Anxiety and depression are often the symptoms of deep down unresolved emotional conflicts. We all have them.
Food is often our drug of choice, numbing and pushing down these issues. Specifically, overeating high fat, high sugar foods desensitize you when life gets too worrying. What is the net result to the digestive system? Not good. Luckily, meditation melts away these dysfunctions, session by session, layer by layer, until you no longer have the want or need to put a hurting on your digestive system.