Guest Writer for Wake Up World
Did you know that you can naturally boost your body’s ability to fight off harmful organisms and increase your body’s resistance by simply meditating? I’m going to tell you how meditation and mindfulness training can do just that.
I meditate daily, and I’m always trying to remain present and live in the moment because I’ve always believed that mindfulness and meditation share a powerful relationship with our body and our immune system.
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3 Ways Meditation Boosts the Immune System
According to a groundbreaking research study conducted at the University of Southern California in 2016, meditation and mindfulness exercises boosted the immune system in several different ways.
Meditation Boosts Helper T Cells
The first finding was that meditation increased the number of T cells in the body. T cells are your body’s main line of defense against harmful organisms. They attack intruders and break them down so the body can remove them.
We always want to have a strong supply of T cells, and meditation and mindfulness play an important role in stimulating the production of both of them. Stress and worrying, the opposite of mindfulness, can actually damage our immune system and T cell production.
Emergency Immune Boost Through Meditation
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Meditation Supports Healthy Telomeres
The second way meditation and mindfulness positively affected the immune system was with regards to immune cell aging. At the end of each of our chromosomes, there’s a section called a telomere. Telomeres are like caps on the end of each chromosome. And as our cells age or become damaged, these telomeres shorten and become weaker. This is a sign of cellular aging.
Longer telomeres are a sign of youthful cells and, more importantly, a strong immune system. Of the three studies that measured telomerase activity, all showed an increase in activity after mindfulness and meditation.
Meditation Improves Antibody Response
The third way meditation and mindfulness helped the immune system was antibody response. Antibodies are the little warrior cells in our body that fight off disease and harmful organisms. The number naturally increases when fighting intruders off.
Subjects in the research study showed an increase in the major antibody constituents after regular mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques. Antibodies help your body inactivate toxic substances, defend against viruses and bacteria, and help immune cells function better.
This finding means that through regular meditation and mindfulness training, we can actually increase the amount of antibodies in our body before we actually come in contact with any harmful organisms. This results in a more resilient immune system.
Meditation: A Free, Accessible Secret to Health
I’ve always said that meditation and mindfulness have astounding healing benefits for the mind and the body. I believe that meditation is one of the only free, completely accessible secrets to health that we have. Use it to boost your immune system today!
If you don’t know how to meditate, don’t worry: Click here to watch a video I made that will teach you how to get started.
I have more tips on how to boost your immune system that I didn’t cover here, including the one secret most people have never heard of that can regenerate and produce immune stem cells in 72 hours. You can find those in my free Emergency Immune Strengthening Guide. Until next time, live healthy and live happy.
- Black DS, Slavich GM. Mindfulness meditation and the immune system: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 Jun;1373(1):13-24.
Originally published at Global Healing Center and reproduced here with permission.
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About the author:
Dr. Edward F. Group III (DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM) founded Global Healing Center in 1998 with the goal of providing the highest quality natural health information and products. He is world-renowned for his research on the root cause of disease. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center earned recognition as one of the largest natural and organic health resources in the world. Dr. Group is a veteran of the United States Army and has attended both Harvard and MIT business schools. He is a best-selling author and a frequent guest on radio and television programs, documentary films, and in major publications.
Dr. Group centers his philosophy around the understanding that the root cause of disease stems from the accumulation of toxins in the body and is exacerbated by daily exposure to a toxic living environment. He believes it is his personal mission to teach and promote philosophies that produce good health, a clean environment, and positive thinking. This, he believes, can restore happiness and love to the world.
For more, please visit Global Healing Center.