We already know that meditation is good for your health, but what about your gut health? According to a new comparative study published in General PsychiatryRegular meditation can help regulate the gut microbiome, which includes the bacteria, fungi and viruses that live in your gut.
In the study, researchers analyzed blood samples and swabs from 40 Tibetan Buddhist monks from three temples and compared them with samples from 19 people living in neighboring communities.
Studies have shown that monkfish are very different from their neighbors and that these microbes are linked to a lower risk of anxiety, depression and heart disease due to the connection between our gastrointestinal tract and the central nervous system. , or in the bowels of the brain. The monks in the study had been practicing Tibetan Buddhist meditation for at least two hours a day for between three and 30 years.
“Together, several bacteria thrived in the meditation group [have been] associated with reducing mental illness, suggesting that meditation may affect certain bacteria that may play a role in mental health,” the researchers wrote in an article related to the study.
Meditation has been linked to a number of health benefits including better sleep, reduced stress and anxiety, and lower blood pressure. And while meditation has been used to treat mental illness, it’s not known whether it can change the composition of the gut microbiome. Because the study was small, all the participants were men and they lived in high places, the researchers could not explain clearly, but the belief that looking at how meditation can help prevent or treat psychosomatic diseases is worth further research.
“These results suggest that long-term deep meditation may have beneficial effects on the gut microbiota, which contributes to a healthy body,” the researchers concluded.
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