Many people struggle with stress, depression, and anxiety. There are many different ways people choose to help these difficulties, but there is one option that is free and only takes a little bit of our time every day. Mediation has been found to improve 7 chemicals in your brain, which help with those difficulties and others.
Serotonin- This is often known as the “happy neurotransmitter.” This neurotransmitter has a profound impact on our mood. Depression is often a result of low serotonin levels in our brain. University of Montreal scientists have shown meditation has a direct impact on the brains production of serotonin levels, and “bathes neurons with an array of feel-good chemicals.”
Cortisol- Is a hormone that we want different amounts at different times of the day. In the morning we want a spike of cortisol to help us get up and going, then it gradually diminishes throughout the day. Chronic stress causes our cortisol levels to be out of whack. A Rutgers university doctor discovered that mediation had a nearly 50% reduction in cortisol levels.
DHEA- This is known as the longevity molecule. It helps produce androgens and the sex hormones. As we get older DHEA decreases. Dr. Giampapa, the former president of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, discovered that people who meditate Have over a 43% more DHEA than everybody else. Is mediation the fountain of youth? You decide.
GABA- Is an inhibitory neurotransmitter known for making you calm. It was also found that those with an addiction, lack in GABA. Other symptoms of low GABA include anxiety, nervousness, and sleeplessness. Psychiatrists at the Boston University School of Medicine found a 27% increase in GABA just after 1 hour of meditation.
Endorphins- Are the bodies internal pain killer, it is also the neurotransmitter that gives you that feel good effect after exercise. Many joggers use the term “runners high” to describe that feel good effect. A study in 1995 published in the Biological Psychology Journal showed that meditation had higher “feel good effects” than running.
Growth Hormone- This hormone stimulates growth during childhood, but at age 40 the growth hormone gradually declines. The brainwave that meditators create during meditation is the main brainwave, which causes growth hormone to be released.
Melatonin- is the key to a great mood and a restful sleep. Melatonin is controlled by the body’s response to cycles of light and dark. In this day and age with all the screen staring and bright lights, it throws off our light cycles. Melatonin increased on average by 98% in those that meditate in a study by Rutgers University.
There are so many things that put our life out of balance. If your hormones or neurotransmitters need some balancing give meditation a try.