Mindfulness & Stress

August 25, 2018

 

 

Many studies have repeatedly demonstrated the positive effects of mindfulness meditation on the amygdala. The amygdala is responsible for the processing of emotional responses such as anxiety, fear and stress.

A majority of us tend to live in a hyper - drive, stress state due to the busy lives we lead. This cortisol dominant tendency can be detrimental to our health leading to chronic adrenal fatigue, hypertension and depression to name a few.  It’s therefore important we find strategies to counteract the stress place upon us.

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In a study by Taren et al (2015) it was shown that following a 3-day mindfulness training intervention, reduced right side amygdala connectivity (responsible for stress response). This indicates that mindfulness meditation could promote neuroplastic changes and reduce stress levels.

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Simarly in a randomized control study by Armani et al (2018) it was found that an 8 week meditation intervention had a remarkable improvement on glycemic control and wellbeing on patients with type II Diabetes.

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Mindfulness meditation isn’t just hippy dippy stuff, there’s hard evidence to back it up!

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Reference:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29984258

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23125828

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26048176

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29990584

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