Meditation isn’t something most doctors bring up to their patients, but it could be a great addition to your current health care treatment. I had done some meditation when I was in high school, eating yogurt and referred to as “Hippie”. After all these years I tried meditation again when my cardiologist, Joel Kahn, MD, suggested it on one of his many Facebook posts. It was a link (like the one below) for a free 21 day meditation with Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra. I thought, why not? I have nothing to lose. What I discovered is a profound change in my ability to focus and relax when needed to calm my heart rate and reduce my blood pressure, very important in this hectic world for heart patients….for anyone for that matter. Here’s Dr. Kahn’s thoughts on meditation from a cardiologist’s perspective and how you can stay healthier, and maybe even younger, with meditation.
Studies have shown that meditation may help patients with various diseases, not just heart disease. Don’t take my word for it. According to the Mayo Clinic, some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:
- Anxiety disorders
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleep problems
And according to #19 in this article in the Huffington Post, Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20 Reasons Why It’s Good For Your Mental And Physical Health, meditation can be instrumental in helping patients with weight loss.
19. It supports your weight-loss goals. Trying to shed a few pounds to get to a healthier weight? Mindfulness could be your best friend, according to a survey of psychologists conducted by Consumer Reports and the American Psychological Association. Mindfulness training was considered an “excellent” or “good” strategy for weight loss by seven out of 10 psychologists in the survey.
Free Meditation Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit!
with Oprah & Deepak