Want Healthy? Be People of Religious

Posted on February 5, 2012

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     Doing regular exercise coupled nutritionally balanced food consumption has always been touted by health experts as a surefire recipe in keeping the body healthy and fit. But it would be nice if you do not forget the religious element in support of health such as prayer or meditation.

Various scientific studies claim, prayer and meditation on a regular basis can be an important factor in improving the quality of health and prolong one’s life.

In the United States for example, religious practices has become one of the most alternative therapies do. Studies at the University of Rochester for example, found that more than 85 percent of people who suffer from illness choose to pray. This percentage is much higher than those who choose herbal treatment or other medical treatment. This further proves that prayer really effective in helping cure.

Many people believe that prayer can help relieve stress, which is one of the major risk factors for disease. Besides too powerful to make the mind stay positive and be strong in every issue of life to undergo.

Dr. Herbert Benson, a heart specialist from Harvard Medical School and a pioneer in the field of treatment of the mind / body said that the relaxation response will occur when the person praying or meditating. At that time, your metabolism will decrease, heart rate slows, blood pressure drop, and breathing becomes calmer and more orderly.

Herbert Benson in his research found that spiritual practice in the long run and every day to help turn off genes that trigger the acceleration of cell death and inflammation. According to Benson, the mind can affect gene expression of a person. And this is interesting evidence of how prayer can affect the body functions at its most basic level.

Meanwhile, Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind University of Pennsylvania has conducted research on the Tibetan Buddhists during meditation and Franciscan nuns in prayer. The results showed that a decline in activity in the brain associated with awareness and spatial orientation. Researchers also found that prayer and meditation can increase levels of dopamine, which is associated with an increased sense of joy.

A National Institutes of Health study found that people who pray every day prove to have a lower risk of hypertension (40 percent) than those who do not pray regularly. In fact, research at Dartmouth Medical School found that patients with strong religious beliefs which have to undergo heart surgery, three times more likely to recover faster than those who are less religious.

Other studies have also shown that prayer increases the immune system and helps to reduce the severity and frequency of various diseases.

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