With our frantic non-stop lifestyles it can take a huge toll on our bodies physically, mentally and these signs are often visible on the outside. Stress can cause the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland that both control the brain to not function as well as they should. Too fewer hormones or too many hormones are released, giving a general unbalance to the body. Skin starts to lose its elasticity and flexibility, the endocrine system (the glands that produce hormones) starts to shut down which can damage the body and mind. Weight gain is more likely, skin loses moisture and suppleness, memory begins to wane, your immune system function is reduced making you more susceptible to illnesses, eyesight worsens and your sex drive diminishes.
Obviously, when trying to tackle the effects of ageing, we need to look not just at the physical aspect but also any mental issues that everyday stress can bring. An excellent way of dealing with stress is meditation but what you may not know is that is can have superb anti-ageing effects. Meditation actually activates the body's own natural anti-ageing process. Medical mediation can help to invigorate the hypothalamus, the pineal, pituitary and endocrine glands. It is also the most effective way of treating stress related conditions. Medical meditation also specifically helps to allay symptoms of change of life diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and stroke. Scientific research shows that individuals who regularly meditate have a marked reduction in anxiety, lower blood pressure, do not feel the need to smoke, have lower levels of cortisone (stress hormone) in the body and those that suffer chronic pain due to illness and injury report a respite in their symptoms.
A further study on how meditation can dramatically aid anti-ageing compared the age of a person biologically with how old they were physiologically, by various testing to measure blood pressure, hearing and testing vision and it showed that those who regularly practised meditation were in a physiological sense at least 12 years younger than those participating in the study that did no meditation at all. And that those who meditated had a lower healthier blood pressure, sharper hearing and better vision and likely to live longer than average than those of the same age who did not participate in meditation.
Medical meditation is believed to work by bringing the body into natural equilibrium and helping to regenerate the body physically by the power of the mind. It is highly beneficial for treating specific health conditions by focusing on one particularly area of meditation it can be directed to a different part of the brain. Special movements, correct posture, breathing patterns, repeating sounds or mantras helps the body concentrate and focus. A mixture of these elements can alter the levels of your hormones, neurotransmitters and endocrine secretions that heal the body and turn it into an anti-ageing state. Once you have acquired the necessary skills you can use meditation to enjoy a healthier, happier, calmer and more youthful life.