10 Phenomenal Benefits of Meditation

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What amazes me today is to see the widespread practice of meditation across ages and gender. You probably know by now that meditation is effective in managing stress. In this article John Hopkins Medicine its noted that 30 minutes of daily meditation may improve symptoms of stress and anxiety.

This post is about phenomenal benefits of meditation.

1. Meditation sharpens your attention.

With continuous  mindfulness meditation practice for more than 6 months. I found my attention span increase and it truly made me focus better.

In fact Live science states that meditation could possibly be used to treat ADHD.

Recommended reading  Meditation: 6 Ways to Get Started.

2. Meditation improves your ability to multitask.

Try not to multitask if you can. It’s not healthy for your brain. But if you have to consider practicing mindfulness meditations  it decreases negative emotions normally associated with multi tasking and also resulted in less work.

3. Meditation improves your memory.

If you often get into trouble because you have forgotten about your appointments,where you placed your medication or files ,meditation maybe what you are looking for to improve your memory.

 

4. Meditation improves your creativity.

According to this article by Science daily different methods of meditation have various results on creativity.

It names “open monitoring meditation” as the meditation technique that resulted in the most improvement in terms of creativity.

5.Meditation Improves your willpower.

The key to success is often associated with perseverance. It’s going through failures after failure without losing the enthusiasm. You need a very strong willpower for that.

According to a recent study an area of the brain associated with willpower is active during meditation.

6.Meditation enhances your logical thinking.

If you are often swayed by emotion when making critical decisions then consider meditation as a practice that cultivates logical thinking.

The practice of meditation actually stimulates alpha brain waves that enhance your logical thinking.

Read this helpful post 6 Totally Wrong Myths about Meditating.

7. Meditation increases your (brain) speed.

If you are going for a higher processing power for your work load,try meditation but this doesn’t happen overnight.

According to a study by UCLA meditation may speed up brain processing but this requires years of practice.

8.Meditation makes you happier.

In meditation you tune your consciousness in a way that’s not possible when you’re going by the motion. Regular meditation practice brings awareness to your thoughts.

Read this very helpful post What is Nutrition?

9.Meditation makes you more relaxed.

This is probably why so many people look to incorporate meditation into their lifestyle.

While meditation does indeed help you relax it is important not to expect the same result for every session. In fact having expectation could get you stuck in your meditation practice.

10.Meditation decreases depression.

Mindfulness meditation has been used with equal effectiveness as anti-depressant drugs in treating depression, according to a study by    Oxford University.

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8 Simple Diet Changes for a Healthy You !

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If you look at what Americans eat in a typical day, it’s shocking to see what people call food.

Fast and convenient foods now make up a significant portion of the Western diet.  Unfortunately eating that way is making us sick.

  • More than 1/3 of American adults and about 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese.
  • 8.3 percent of the population has diabetes.
  • 12.8 percent of Americans have heart disease which is the number one cause of death in this country.
  • Cancer rates are on the rise globally,including rates of breast and cevical cancers.

Today’s post is titled “8 Simple Diet Changes for a Healthy You.” Hopefully it will point you in the right direction.

Making Changes

You can make dietary changes that can help protect you from many health problems reverse others and generate overall health and beauty.

Read this great post  Top 10 Health Benefits of Bananas.

Let’s take a look at the seven changes you can make to better your health.

1. Eat Real Foods

Whenever possible eat local minimally processed organic produce that is alive with enzymes and vitamins.

I also recommend purchasing your meat locally and minimizing it’s consumption to just a day or two each week. You should also cut out sugar, caffeine and carbonated beverages .

2. Eat Alkaline

Aim for a 80% – 20% balance of alkaline to acidic  foods in your diet. Plant foods are highly alkaline and should make up the bulk of your diet.

Acidic foods include:

  • Animal protein
  • Corn products and bi-products
  • Dairy
  • Soda
  • Beer
  • Coffee

Read this post that went viral Yes Tomatoes are Fruit !

3. Probiotics and Enzymes

Enzymes help you fully digest the foods you eat, leaving your digestive system clean and your body energized.

Digestive probiotics create healthy gut flora which supports better immunity and nutrient absorption.

I recommend you both take a probiotic and an enzyme supplement daily.

 

4. Eat light to Heavy

If you start your day with something heavy then you’ll hamper your digestion of other foods throughout the day.

That’s why I recommend starting off with a smoothie then eating salads and veggies paired with some healthy soups at lunch then at dinner you can have heavier items or dishes then you would have until the next morning to digest it.

5. Go Organic

Organic produce helps you avoid toxic pesticides and chemicals that build up in the plant foods and organic food may be much higher in mineral content due to higher quality soil that is not over -formed.

If you do eat conventionally grown produce be sure to wash it well using a plant wash or diluted apple cider vinegar.

6. Eliminate Dairy

This is something you can do right now. Dairy products are entrenched in the Western diet. Unfortunately  dairy is one of the worst foods.

  • It is one of the top 8 most allergenic foods.
  • It contains the protein casein which the human body has difficulty processing.
  • It contains the sugar lactose which causes digestive symptoms in up to 30 percent of the population.

 

7. Eliminate Gluten

Gluten is a sticky grain protein found in wheat,rye, and barley. It is also present in numerous other products and many flavorings.

Gluten is very difficult for the human body to process.

In a significant portion of people consuming gluten, it triggers an immune system response that ranges from an allergic reaction to damaging the intestinal vill that absorbs nutrients from the foods you eat.

Other gluten reactions may be less severe and include headaches.

 

8. No Water with Meals

There’s no doubt you need to drink plenty of fresh water, but not with meals.

Drinking water with meals dilutes your digestive juices,slowing digestion and cutting into your energy.

Instead avoid drinking large amounts of water for 30 minutes before or after meals.

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