So deep meditation can improve gut health, study on Buddhist monks

According to recent research, Buddhist meditation practiced for several years is able to improve our intestinal microbiota, reducing the risk of heart disease and depression.

Il intestinal microbiota can influence the brain, mood and behavior through the microbiota-gut-brain axis.

A new research revealed that regular, deep meditation, performed over several years, can help “enrich” the gut microbiota.

This could help reduce the risks of physical and mental health problems, including anxiety, depression and heart disease.

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The researchers examined blood and stool samples from 37 Tibetan Buddhist monks from 3 temples and 19 of their nearby residents.

The monks practiced a deep form of meditation for at least 2 hours a day for ages 3 to 30.

The experts found that microorganisms in the gut, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, differed substantially between the two groups.

Additionally, they noted that several bacteria in the meditation group were associated with lower risk of mental illness, suggesting that meditation may influence certain bacteria that may play a role in psychological health.

The researchers added that:

Long-term meditation improved the body’s immune function and reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease.

However, they pointed out that the study’s numbers were small and that all of the monks and Tibetans involved live at high altitudes, making it difficult to draw generalizations from the findings; but, overall, these data suggest that meditation plays a positive role in psychosomatic conditions and well-being.

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Source: BMJ Journal

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