Just a 30 minutes of Mindfulness Meditation can help reduce stress hormones by half.
We all live and work in the age of stress. Even research data vindicates that stress has increased over the years. Researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A., after studying data from more than 6300 people, found out that that there’s more stress in people’s lives today than 25 years ago.
Chronic Stress influences 60% of all ailments
Chronic Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. For example, psychological stress is associated with greater risk for depression, heart disease and infectious diseases. In fact, The American Medical Association feels that stress is the basic reason for more than 60% of human diseases.
The Stress Chemicals:
Stress is associated with three hormones in our body, viz, cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine, even though cortisol and adrenaline are the most talked about.
Cortisol, a steroid hormone, is produced by the adrenal glands. Cortisol is usually termed as the stress hormone.
When faced with a threat, the hypothalamus in the brain produces corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). The CRH makes the pituitary gland release adrenocorticotropic hormone, which in turn, makes the adrenal gland produce cortisol.
It isn’t true that cortisol, in its entirety, is bad for the body. When faced with a dangerous situation, cortisol has an important role to play in our body. However, the continuous exposure to high levels of cortisol can lead to various diseases.
Regular meditation can considerably bring down the levels of cortisol in our body.
Tonya Jacobs of the University of California, after studying 57 people who spent three months in meditation, found out that meditation leads to decreased level of cortisol.
Adrenaline, usually known as the fight or flight hormone, is produced by the adrenal glands. When faced with an unsafe situation, it gives us a surge of energy enabling us to run away. However, constant stress leads to increased adrenaline in our body, which in turn, brings with it adverse physiological effects.
Regular meditation can bring down the level of adrenaline hormones in our body.
Researchers at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, after its study on 150 student volunteers, found out that meditation can lead to a reduced level of adrenaline hormone in our body.