Meditation, Yoga, And Brisk Walks Boost Brain and Body.

In Brain General Structure and Function, Brain Science, Exercise by Brainy Days Ahead

Meditation, yoga, and other mind-body interventions can reverse the molecular reactions in our DNA that lead to ill-health and depression. When we ae exposed to stress, our bodies produce a molecule named “nuclear factor kappa B,”  which then activates genes that produce cytokines that cause inflammation in our cells, affecting the body, brain and immune system. Scientists at Coventry and Radboud Universities reveal the findings of 18 studies over 11 years that show evidence that people who practice mind-body interventions exhibit the opposite effect. They showed a decrease in production of nuclear factor kappa B and cytokines, thereby reducing the pro-inflammatory pattern and the risk of inflammation-related diseases conditions. In other research by scientists at New Zealand’s University of Otago, stress effects caused by simply sitting are examined. Sitting is known to be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and death from all causes. The researchers find that regular two-minute brisk walks every 30 minutes (in addition to daily 30-minute walks) significantly reduced levels of triglycerides (fatty acids) that lead to clogged arteries. Their research further found that brisk walks for two minutes every 30 minutes also lower blood glucose and insulin levels. Want to chill a bit or get out of the office? Now you have a couple of very good reasons.