Meditation has been linked with numerous health benefits and measurable positive physical changes. While some criticize it as “navel-gazing,” calling it too “new-age” or a waste of time, the truth is that meditation brings a range of benefits to the body, mind and spirit.
Mindfulness meditation, in particular, seems to have the ability to prevent disease and the internal inflammation that gives rise to it. Studies have shown that persons under stress who meditate regularly show a marked reduction in Interleukin-6, a known inflammation biomarker. This type of inflammation is linked with cancer, autoimmune conditions, and Alzheimer’s disease.