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Meditation improves circulation

Tags: stress, antiaging

Meditation has been practiced for many thousands of years and its benefits in improving circulation and lowering heart rate are well-documented, although modern medicine has been slow in accepting this.

Modern medicine often resorts to medicinal treatment of poor circulation, when in fact the cheapest (free) and most effective method - with no unpleasant side-effects - is daily meditation.

It’s truly “mind over matter.” You can deliberately alter the body’s physiological functions. You can achieve a state of relaxation that is extremely difficult to achieve otherwise; this slows the heart rate, and at the same time promotes the unimpeded flow of blood throughout the system.

A major component of poor circulation and elevated heart rate is stress. When you’re stressed, certain blood vessels constrict to send blood to the parts of the body involved in the “fight or flight” response.

We are designed to handle stress and recover from it; it’s the constant barrage of stress in modern life that wear us down. There is simply too much activity, information, sense of competition, hurrying, multi-tasking, obligations, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, lack of quality sleep and lack of stress release. All of this has a cumulative negative effect on your body.

You can dramatically reduce the impact of stress through complete relaxation that is more effective than sleep, because you can deliberately achieve the altered state of consciousness that allows true relaxation (where your subconscious mind isn’t rehashing the past or worrying about the future, as it can do even during sleep).

Your mind keeps the stress levels high even during sleep if you’re not able to mentally or emotionally release the cause of the stress. You can’t control what goes on in your mind when you’re asleep, but you can achieve complete control during meditation.

According to research conducted by the Division of Cardiology at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, meditation lowers blood pressure, regulates the heart rate.

A 2009 study by the NIH (National Institute of Health) showed improved cardiovascular function among meditators and another study conducted by the Medical College of Georgia showed that meditators showed increased cardiac output along with decreased blood pressure. Studies by Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard University show that meditation dilates the arteries, which allows increase blood flow throughout the body.

Meditation’s many positive effects are long-lasting. You can carry a sense of peace with you throughout the day, which keeps you more relaxed and happier.

Over time, a meditation practice will actually allow you to shrug off things that once sent you into a panic attack. It will allow you to gain clarity on the big picture of your life. It will help you release the beliefs and emotions about “the way things are” so that stress doesn’t keep your body in a perpetual state of alarm.

A slow, steady heart rate is a sign of health (physical, emotional and mental). Good circulation is likewise a sign of health. Improve your overall health through meditation, and watch as your heart rate goes down and circulation improves!