Meditation ‘switches on’ disease fighting genes

Woman meditating on a mountain

It does not come as a surprise to me that a comprehensive scientific study shows that deep relaxation which can be produced through meditation changes our bodies on a genetic level. Harvard Medical School researchers have discovered that far more “disease-fighting genes” are active in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, compared to those who practise no form of relaxation.

This meditation research found that genes protecting us from  pain, infertility, high blood pressure and even rheumatoid arthritis were ‘switched on’ as a result of meditation. As the article states, we all know at some level that ‘relaxation  is good for us’. I believe that the benefits may be much greater than we think.

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