Whilst the invaluable Cortisol hormone is important to us all, high Cortisol levels can be detrimental to say the least and they are on the rise. Cortisol is often referred to as the stress hormone.
High Cortisol levels can contribute to high blood pressure, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. It can also contribute to poor memory and weakens the immune system. Someone suffering from high Cortisol levels can often feel tired, due to it affecting daily cycles of other important hormones in the body.
For anyone suffering from high stress levels …
Just a few moments in meditation daily can and will work miracles for you.
In certain brain wave frequencies, your brain releases numerous highly beneficial substances, one of which is known as HGH (human growth hormone).
As we get older, the brain unfortunately creates lesser quantities of these beneficial substances and we therefore develop various ageing symptoms and diseases.
Recent research performed by Dr. Vincent Giampapa, M.D., a prominent anti-ageing researcher and past-president of the American Board of Anti-Ageing Medicine, revealed that regular deep meditation dramatically affects production and the balance of three important hormones related to increased longevity, stress, and enhanced well-being:
These are Cortisol, DHEA, and Melatonin.
At the slower Alpha and Theta brainwave (these are the more common states to be achieved when meditating) patterns, production of DHEA and Melatonin increases significantly.
One study noted an increase in DHEA of as much as 44%.
Some even had DHEA increases of up to 90%.
Melatonin increases were even more astounding, with average increases of 98% recorded.
Many participants even had increases of up to 300%.
On the other hand, Cortisol levels declined by an average of 47%. Of course, not all study participants showed the same results, but about 70% of the study participants recorded the above improvements.
Cortisol is a hormone naturally produced by the adrenal glands and according to Dr. Giampapa, it is the major age-accelerating hormone. It also interferes with learning and can and does promote what’s known as brain fog. Moderately high Cortisol levels and beyond in general, are bad news for your health and your well-being.
Whilst it the body’s natural “stress hormone,” the more of it you have, the more stressed you feel, the more vulnerable to disease you are and the faster you age!
Meditation does and will reduce your Cortisol levels significantly.
DHEA is extremely important.
Another hormone, DHEA, is also produced by your adrenal glands. DHEA is a precursor, or source ingredient, to virtually every hormone your body needs.
DHEA level is a key determinant of physiological age and resistance to disease.
When levels are low, you’re more susceptible to aging and disease; when they’re high, the body is at its peak – vibrant, healthy, and able to fight disease successfully.
DHEA acts as a buffer against stress-related hormones (such as Cortisol), which is why as you get older and make less DHEA you become more susceptible to stress and disease.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (December 11, 1986) found that a 100 micro-gram per deciliter increase in DHEA blood levels corresponded with a 48% reduction in mortality due to cardiovascular disease and a 36% reduction in mortality for any reason!
The benefits of Melatonin:
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland and helps to create restful sleep.
The inability to sleep soundly can dramatically decrease the quality of your life and greatly speed up the aging process. The production of this important hormone rapidly declines with age.
New research also reveals that Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant.
Biological implications of reduced Melatonin:
Melatonin is a ubiquitous neurohormone whose production is low during the day and high at night. It passes through cell membranes and acts as a highly potent antioxidant to scavenge free radicals that cause damage to DNA, Reiter (1995).
Hence Melatonin reduction is involved with diseases produced by free radicals, including cancer, aging, neurological diseases, acute heart disease and heart attack, Reiter and Robinson (1995).
The circadian cycle involvement of Melatonin shows that reduced Melatonin will alter blood pressure and heart rate, neurological cardiopulmonary and reproductive functions.
It suggests that reduced Melatonin will also reduce immune system competence and enhances the risk of cardiac, neurological and carcinogenic disease and death through reducing its antioxidant activity. These predictions are always checked against clinical studies.
Meditation increases the production of serotonin which is a calming neurotransmitter in the brain.
Medical News Today published an article last month highlighting a number of the invaluable benefits of boosting serotonin levels:
Bowel function: Most of the body’s serotonin is found in the GI tract, where it regulates bowel function and movements. It also plays a part in reducing the appetite while eating.
Mood: In the brain, serotonin impacts levels of mood, anxiety, and happiness. Illicit mood-altering drugs such as Ecstasy and LSD cause a significant rise in serotonin levels.
Clotting: Serotonin contributes to the formation of blood clots. It is released by platelets when there is a wound. The resulting vasoconstriction, or narrowing of the blood vessels, reduces blood flow and helps blood clots to form.
Nausea: If you eat something that is toxic or irritating, the gut produces more serotonin to increase transit time and expel the irritant in diarrhea. This also stimulates the nausea area in the brain, resulting in nausea.
Bone density: Some scientists have linked high levels of serotonin in the bones to an increase in osteoporosis, but others have challenged these results.
Human Growth Hormone
It is within delta that our brains are triggered to release great quantities of healing hormones, one of which is human growth hormone (HGH) which we make less of as we age, resulting in many symptoms and diseases associated with ageing.
Celebrities pay up to and beyond $20,000 a year for synthetic human growth hormone injections, because it brings back youthful energy, looks, and stamina.
And I agree, the effects of HGH are dramatic:-
Greater muscle tone,
Increased brain function and younger-looking, tighter skin!
HGH is one of the reasons kids have endless energy—their pituitary glands spew out heaps of the stuff!
Unfortunately, your body produces less HGH as you get older—as much as 50% less by our late 50s.
And it shows!
But HGH injections are dangerous, expensive and can cause frightening side effects!!
So now you know you can produce at will HGH and many other super healing hormones, naturally and safely with a little daily meditation.
“By quieting the mind, which then quiets the body, the less turbulent the body is, the more the self-repair healing mechanisms get amplified.
In fact, scientists have shown that the better your DNA, your genetic machinery is at healing itself, the longer you live.
That’s how meditation lowers biological age.”
~ Deepak Chopra