If there’s one thing true of life, it’s that stress is free.
But thankfully, the antidote won’t cost you a penny, either. Yes, we’re talking about meditation, the health benefits of which are backed by some promising research.
The perks of meditation include helping to calm anxiety, lowering blood pressure, balancing gut flora, and positively influencing the immune system. All of this is fueled by the fact that meditation helps our stress response and, in turn, wards off the downstream effects of chronic or extreme stress.
Prolonged stress results in consistent waves of the stress hormone cortisol running through the body, with substances like cytokines, which can promote inflammation, following close behind. This constant stampede leaves damage in its wake, throwing off normal communication between our cells, and potentially shoving our hair follicles right out of their growth phase.