141 Benefits of Meditation #1 – Meditation Increases Endocrine System Function
The endocrine system is made up of glands, including the pituitary gland, and serves many functions, such as fighting infection and secreting hormones. Hormones give directions to other cells on how to function, and our glands secrete fluids, such as sweat and saliva. Scientific research has proven, overtime, as the endocrine system degenerates, we age more quickly and lose our ability to build and repair muscle tissue.
The endocrine system keeps us young and healthy in many ways. It takes its orders from places in the brain responsible for autonomic functions like breathing, blinking and digestion. In response to the autonomic system, the endocrine glands release certain hormones in many situations, and especially during times of stress.
Through MRI scans, researchers studying the brains of meditators noticed increased activity in the parts of the brain dealing with autonomic function, and thereby, the endocrine system. By stimulating the endocrine system, meditation increases pleasant thoughts and feelings, decreases aging and even, through stimulation of the hypothalamus, increases immune system activity and the function of certain muscles.
When the endocrine system is in decline, our ability to stay youthful and healthy declines as well. The endocrine, or glandular system, is important for our memory, immunity, and physical fitness, and controls our ability to feel happy, deal with stress, and maintain steady moods. Without it, we cannot digest food properly or operate our muscles, among other things.
By taking care of our endocrine system through regular meditation, we ensure that we stay youthful, energetic, and mentally and physically alert. We also maintain our ability to control stress, and lead happy lives. Meditation is one of the absolute best things we can do for our endocrine systems and our overall health, which is why each of us owes it to ourselves to meditate every day.