Researchers Find Meditation Can Significantly Improve Gut Health

Several studies have linked meditation to everything from stress relief to a lower risk of depression. A new study suggests meditation may improve gut health. Researchers found that the group practising regular meditation had “significantly enriched” Megamonas and Faecalibacterium gut bacteria.

The researchers noted that the bacteria has been associated with low anxiety, depression, and heart disease risks, as well as “improved immunity function.” There’s another thing to note about Ayurvedic meditation: monks practice it twice a day for three to 30 years, which is a high level of dedication.

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Do you need to meditate regularly for your health? There are other studies linking meditation to gut health. Here’s what experts say.

Is Meditation Beneficial To Gut Health?

Since the study involved only a few men from Tibet, it’s hard to say that everyone who meditates will have better health. Martin J. Blaser, M.D., professor and Henry Rutgers Chair of the Human Microbiome, the monks differ from the controls in terms of meditation and numerous other factors, beyond those controlled for, including diet and life experiences.

Gut Health: How To Improve It

Dr. Bedford says good gut health is more than meditation; maintaining it takes more than that. Dr. Bedford suggests the following to improve gut health:

  • NIH recommends that women consume 25 grams of fibre daily while men consume 38 grams.
  • Adults need at least seven hours of sleep a night.
  • Exercise 150 minutes a week at a moderate intensity.
  • Make sure you manage your stress levels.
  • Mental illnesses like anxiety or depression can impact the gut-brain axis. Seek treatment.

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Incorporating Meditation Into Your Daily Routine

Despite its numerous health benefits, meditation doesn’t have to be practised for hours on end to reap its benefits. Dr. Bedford says even short meditation courses are beneficial. Meditation is suitable for everyone. It has no downsides. “That’s the key.”