Could Mindfulness Meditation Improve Your Physical Health?

The research on meditation and wellness that you need to know

Rob Dube
Rob Dube
Dec 15, 2017 · 3 min read
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Mindfulness meditation sits at the intersection of some of the values most important to me: presence, well-being, kindness, health, and — surprisingly — science. As a student and practitioner, I’ve been practicing meditation for more than a decade. For me, the emotional and physical benefits have transformed my life. I’ve discovered that meditation is a life tool that has improved the quality of my life and the lives of those around me, ultimately helping me to achieve great things personally and professionally.

Lately, I have become increasingly interested in the growing research around the relationship between mindfulness meditation and our physical health. Often, we sanction the benefits of meditation to just our emotional well-being, when in fact wellness inherently involves both the brain and the body. If this idea resonates with you, there’s plenty of quality, innovative research to consider. Here are three ways that mindfulness meditation could serve as a tool to improve some of our most difficult physical challenges:

1. Manage Inflammation & Prevent Disease

The takeaway here is to consider mindfulness meditation as a preventive measure that helps manage how your brain influences your body. Simply taking the time to donothing everyday could have a notable impact on your long-term physical health.

2. Intervene on Disordered Eating & Weight Loss

An increasing number of studies point to mindfulness meditation as an effective intervention for emotional eating that impacts weight gain. A 2016 exploratory study conducted by the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness found that people who participated in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program reported that mindfulness helped lower their emotional eating behavior, leading researchers to conclude that mindfulness could be one way to intervene on disordered eating and help maintain weight loss.

3. Decrease the Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

The Center for Healthy Minds recently launched a two-year study with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center to learn more about how emotion interacts with the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. What does this have to do with mindfulness meditation? Ultimately, the study will help us understand if training the brain to have different emotional responses could help prevent the disease from developing and play a role in treating patients who already have it. The Center is currently recruiting volunteers to participate in the study, and getting involved could help researchers better understand the role of our emotions and lifestyle choices in Alzheimer’s Disease.

If you’re interested in the emotional and physical benefits of a mindfulness meditation practice, check out A Business Leader’s Guide to donothing, my free download that explains the science behind meditation and how to start your own practice (it’s easier than you might think!).

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Rob Dube

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Rob Dube

imageOne Co-Founder, a 2017 Forbes Small Giant. Meditator, runner, & lover of Northern Michigan. My bestselling book challenges business leaders to do nothing.

Thrive Global

More than living. Thriving.

Rob Dube

Written by

Rob Dube

imageOne Co-Founder, a 2017 Forbes Small Giant. Meditator, runner, & lover of Northern Michigan. My bestselling book challenges business leaders to do nothing.

Thrive Global

More than living. Thriving.

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