The most important reasons to meditate

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Stress Reduction

Meditation reduces stress better than anything else. Not only does the practice of meditation give you some “down time” to rest physically and mentally, it also has a very direct effect on your entire nervous system by reducing your body’s production of stress related chemicals like cortisol, and increasing the production of mood enhancing chemicals like serotonin.

Improved Health

Meditation will improve your health by strengthening your immune system, reducing your blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels.

Meditation is often of particular interest to people who are diagnosed with a chronic or potentially life threatening illness. People with serious medical conditions like cancer will sometimes turn to meditation as a means to enhance the process of healing and recovery. While meditation should never be used as a substitute for proper medical care, in some cases it can lead to medical breakthroughs and healing even when traditional medical treatments have been unsuccessful.

Of course, you do not have to be terminally ill to benefit from the healing effects of meditation! Even if you have just come down with a case of the flu, meditation will enhance the function of your immune system and help to you to rest more deeply, leading to a speedier recovery. Meditation also happens to be a wonderful way to alleviate headaches and to prevent them from recurring.

Improved Sleep

Sleep is a totally natural human function, and it’s something we need every day. But if you have you are stressed then you may find that your sleep is not as restorative as it should be. Meditation dramatically improves the quality of your sleep and it is one of the most powerful natural treatments for insomnia. A great reason to meditate.

Slowed Aging

Studies into the effects of meditation have shown that the regular practice of meditation can slow the aging process. The biological age of long term meditators is generally less than those of people who have never meditated. It is believed that the physiological cause of this is due to the fact that meditation helps to reduce the body’s production of free radicals. Free radicals are organic molecules that are responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases.

Emotional Stability & Positive Thinking

Meditation is a very powerful natural prescription for people who suffer from anxiety and/or depression, and it is also taught to people who have difficulty controlling their anger. However, you do not need to have a serious psychological condition for meditation to be of benefit to you! Every-day people who meditate generally enjoy a lot more…

Happiness!

People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, they sleep better, and they have a more positive outlook on life. Simply put, meditation makes you a happier person!

 

 

 

Top ten food that help reduce stress

The next time you’re feeling the stress of a looming deadline, the pressure of a never-ending to-do list, or an overwhelming feeling that you’re falling behind on something,opt for some of the foods that have been proven to help reduce stress levels.

Munching on a few of the following ten foods should help keep you feeling centered and calm.

 

  1. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a great stress-reducing snack, in part because they help satisfy your urge to eat carbohydrates and sugary snacks. But rather than give you a short-lived sugar rush followed by that awful crash that comes after, sweet potatoes will deliver a ton of nutrients that your body can process slowly and steadily, sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene and other vitamins in addition to fibre, which helps you feel full longer.

Sweet potatoes

  1. Asparagus

“I know, these slender stalks are known to make your urine smell funny. But they are high in folate, which is essential for keeping your cool. Folic acid has actually been proven to enhance your mood, making it a perfect snack to keep on hand for tense situations.

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  1. Oranges

Vitamin C reduces stress and helps return blood pressure and cortisol to normal levels after you’ve dealt with a stressful situation. Bodies tend to get run down when we’re stressed — vitamin C boosts the immune system and will help build your body back up.

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  1. Avocados

This fruit is guaranteed to help stress-proof your body. It contains glutathione, which blocks intestinal absorption of fats that cause oxidative damage. These stress blockers also contain lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and more folate than any other fruit. There’s also a lot of vitamin B packed into an avocado, as well. Just make sure you don’t go crazy munching on this fruit — it’s also high in fat.

Avocados

  1. Fatty fish

“The heart-healthy omega-3 fats in fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna manage adrenaline levels to help keep you calm, cool and collected. What more could you ask for when dealing with a daunting deadline?

Fish

  1. Turkey

Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to eat turkey: It contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan, which triggers the release of  serotonin, a feel-good brain chemical (it’s the reason a lot of people feel relaxed or tired after eating it). L-tryptophan has been proven to have a calming effect on those who eat it,

Turkey

  1. Blueberries

They’re loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, making these tiny berries the perfect food to repair and protect cells. Blueberries are also high in fibre and are low calorie, so there’s no need to feel guilty if it takes more than a few handfuls before you start feeling better

Blue berries

  1. Milk

“A glass of warm milk before bed is a time-tested remedy for insomnia and fidgetiness. That’s because milk is high in antioxidants, vitamins B2 and B12, as well as protein and calcium. The protein lactium has a calming effect by lowering blood pressure, while the potassium in milk can help relieve muscle spasms triggered by feeling tense

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  1. Carrots

In addition to the satisfying crunch that carrots make when you take a bite, they also help your body cope with stress through the nutrients they contain. Carrots, celery, and other crunchy veggies all contain stress-fighting nutrients while remaining low in calories, making it the perfect snack, according to the Food Network.

Carrots

  1. Spinach

So it’s not exactly your normal, go-to comfort food, but eating spinach is proven to have a comforting effect. It contains magnesium, which helps regulate cortisol levels. Regulated cortisol levels promote feelings of well being

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