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Healthy Life-Extending Meditation By the Ocean

The goal of meditation is to go beyond the mind and experience our essential nature, which is described as peace, happiness, and bliss, like nature intended it to be.   As a quick example, regular re-centering oneself through meditation helps in relieving stress and thus improves the quality of sleep, per the National Sleep Foundation “How Meditation Can Treat Insomnia” research.  Less stress means more happiness, and is one of the major Benefits In Meditation.

You will live a happier and healthier life practicing meditation.  Meditation also elevates you spiritually, helping you to connect to the higher consciousness, and it is a powerful process that is relatively easy to practice.

According to a 2017 Journal of American Heart Association (AHA) study reviewed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), another quick example is its ability to improve the immune system and thereby helps in controlling blood pressure and lowering blood cholesterol.

This amazing benefit is confirmed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) study “Meditation and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction”.   Our objective is to delve deeper into all the incredible benefits that can be realized by routinely practicing meditation, with the overall goal of experiencing greater health and well being in your life, and even extending your life.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about meditation,

meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought, or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.

Read more on Wikipedia’s had to say about meditation here.

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Seeing the Healthy White Light of Meditation

Meditation Benefits Longevity and Life Extension?

Not only do experienced meditators look decades younger than their true age, but they also live much longer lives than the rest of us mere mortals, physically and mentally, and the reasons why, are nothing short of incredible! According to a 2015 research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that older people who felt three or more years younger than their actual (chronological) age had a lower death rate compared with those who felt their age or those who felt more than one year older than their actual age.

A 2013 Psychoneuroendocrinology study at UCLA, reviewed by the NIH, had 45 family dementia caregivers practice meditation for 8 weeks, with unexpected yet amazing skin rejuvenating results, confirming what practitioners of meditation have known for centuries.

Meditators have younger-looking skin and features.  Some celebrities practice meditation to retain their youthful appearance such as Tom Brady, Will Smith, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and others.  Research has also shown they retain a younger brains, as well.

According to a 2017 Frontiers In Psychology (NIH) study,  an increasing number of studies has reported a positive impact of meditation on cerebral aging.  Another 2012 Psychiatry Research Harvard Medical School study, reviewed the NIH, studied the brains of mindful meditation practitioners (being mindful) as they practiced for 27 minutes per day.

The amazing findings are unbelievable!  The meditating brain’s fear center amygdala had somehow managed to shrink, while its electrical activity quieted down dramatically reducing stress and the age-accelerating biochemical cycle, particularly in the brain!  Let’s take a look at more of the most fascinating age-defying studies making new headlines, and why meditation is the very best way, along with a few other beneficial activities we’ll recommend later, to “freeze Father Time.”

The Antioxidant Behavior of Meditation

According to a 2013 NIH “Antioxidants: In Depth” research, so many products now claim to be antioxidants because it’s the catchy phrase now, it sounds healthy, and we are all willing to shell out our hard-earned cash without reservation, for antioxidants.

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mindful meditation

After all, who doesn’t want to “scavenge free-radicals,” whatever that means?  Well, it has to be a good thing, right, if everyone is talking about it?  But seriously, what are free radicals, and what are antioxidants, and why do they matter so much?

If you took Chemistry in high school, what’s the smallest part of matter?  The atom, right?  Well, your body has tons of them, somewhere around the number 7, followed by twenty-seven zeros!

When one of your trillions of atoms un-pair because of stress, an electron from its outermost shell breaks loose, and the whole body molecule becomes unstable and loses its negative charge, becomes chemically reactive, and extremely unpredictable.

This is a free-radical.  Free radicals need to regain their lost electron so badly, they resort to robbing it from the nearest molecule.  Think of a drug addict so desperate for a hit, robs his own brother at gun point.  So, the offended molecule is made whole again with the robbery of the missing electron from its neighbor, and the neighbor now becomes the victim, because its now minus an electron.

Now it’s got to rob one from the nearest bystander, then the process continues, out of control, in a wild panic process, leading to increased oxidative stress. This uncontrolled process has been reported to be involved in several diseased conditions such as diabetes mellitus, neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson’s disease-PD, Alzheimer’s disease-AD and Multiple sclerosis-MS), cardiovascular diseases (atherosclerosis and hypertension), respiratory diseases (asthma), cataract development, rheumatoid arthritis and in various cancers (colorectal, prostate, breast, lung, bladder cancers), found a 2015 Springer Indian Journal of Biochemistry (NIH) study.

In addition to the instability, there is damage already done, because the free-radical molecule has already mutated part of the body cell, affecting proteins, DNA, and cellular membranes, causing “oxidative stress”, according to a Colorado State “Free Radicals and Reactive Oxygen” research, and, even after it regains an electron, and that damage can lead to a vast number of diseases over time, as covered above.

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Amazing Self-Centering Benefits of Meditation

Oxidation is a normal and necessary process that takes place in the human body.  Oxidative stress, on the other hand, occurs when there’s an imbalance between free radical activity and antioxidant activity.  Quoting one 2010 Pharmacognasy (NIH) study:

A balance between free radicals and antioxidants is necessary for proper physiological function.  If free radicals overwhelm the body’s ability to regulate them, a condition known as oxidative stress ensues.

When functioning properly, free radicals can help fight off pathogens.  Pathogens lead to infections.

Free- radicals and oxidants play a dual role as both toxic and beneficial compounds, since they can be either harmful or helpful to the body, according to this 2008 International Journal of Biomedical Science reviewed by the NIH study.  If your body can’t effectively neutralize free-radicals with antioxidants from foods, then an out-of-control chain reaction occurs, which best can be described as premature cellular aging.

With trillions (6 with 21 zeros behind it) of your molecules reacting per second, oxidation stress is like dropping a nuclear bomb on your body tissue.  The damage to you is quick and unbelievable!  For starters, oxidative stress mutates your cells, hyper speeds up your physical aging, resulting in things such as skin spots, sagging, wrinkles, hardens your arteries, damages your DNA, and countless other harmful things happen to you, found a 2017 Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity (NIH) study.

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Meditating In Nature For Long Quality Life

Premature aging, arthritis, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes, and cancer, are just some of the unhealthy conditions oxidative stress is responsible for, says this 2018 Clinical Intervention In Aging (NIH) study.  Your body’s inability to handle free-radicals, places you well on your way to countless diseases and critical illness.

With so many harmful avenues present, it’s easy to see why free-radicals and oxidative stress, is most likely the most scientifically accepted and well-documented cause of sickness and aging, and why antioxidant found in natural foods are so important in treating oxidative stress, according to a Harvard Health “Antioxidants” study.

So, where do these free-radicals come from? Everyone produces some free radicals naturally in their body through processes like exercise or inflammation.  This is normal and part of the body’s intricate system of keeping itself healthy.  But, you can also be exposed to free-radicals through the environment such as ozone and pollution, per a 2011 Journal of Toxicology (NIH) study; chemicals and pesticides, per a 2015 Toxicology Indian Health (NIH) study; smoking, per an older 1985 Environmental Health Perspective (NIH) study; and radiation, per a 2014 Antioxidants and Redox Signaling (NIH) study.

An improper diet high in sugar, per a 2014 Thieme International Journal of Angiology (NIH) study; saturated fat, per a 2011 Nutrition Journal (NIH) study; and alcohol can cause free-radical production, per a 2004 NIH “Alcohol, Oxidative Stress, and Free Radical Damage” study.

Antioxidants At Work

Back to the missing electron.  Antioxidants, from functional natural foods, simply work by donating a free electron to unstable free-radical molecules, stabilizing them as a result and preventing free-radical damage and oxidative stress, found a 2010 Pharmacognasy (NIH) study.  In this way, antioxidants avert the free-radical hyper cell-aging process, which, otherwise, we might look like a LAX air traffic controller.

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Healthy Life Extending Meditation

While you can get antioxidants from many sources, including natural sources, which we will cover later in this article, just being able to let stress simply roll off your back, is most likely the most natural thing you can do, that already exists in your arsenal, and that happens to be one of the incredible benefits in practicing meditation, found a new 2020 Mayo Clinic “Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress” research.

Meditation Boost “The Mother Of All Antioxidants”

Backed by 117,000 peer reviewed scientific studies, meditations has been shown to boost “Glutatathlone” (GSH), which The Huffington Post proclaimed “The Mother Of All Antioxidants,” Here is what the experts are saying: