Neverending bunches of organic celery, fancy yoga studio subscriptions, skin products that cost more than your weekly shop, vegan-protein-collagen-adaptogenic-beauty powders, green smoothies, essential oils… It can sometimes feel like keeping up your wellness routine is sucking up your entire paycheck and then some.
We are big fans of many wellness products and services. However, possibly the most powerful technique you can adopt to support your overall health, wellness and hormone balance is completely F.R.E.E.
There is an overwhelming and ever-growing body of evidence backing up the power of meditation and mindfulness techniques to support hormone health, as well as wellness in general. Mindfulness is completely free and you can do it anywhere, anytime.
There is no catch. If you do it, you will reap the benefits.
Here are three solid, science-backed chemical reasons why a mindfulness technique needs to be central to your wellness routine.
#1 Balance Your Cortisol Levels
Cortisol really gets a bad rep these days. When it’s balanced cortisol gives us drive, energy and that ‘get up and go’ fire in our bellies.
However, less really is more when it comes to cortisol.
In our modern, stressful lives our brains are kicking cortisol production into overdrive in its fight or flight attempt to protect us from all the perceived ‘dangers’ in our lives (bills, being late for that meeting, your big presentation next week, an argument with Steve over the laundry etc).
Surges in cortisol are totally normal and healthy in the short term. However, when cortisol levels are consistently high, they wreak hormone havoc (as well as other less than ideal health issues).
The good news is that you don’t need any expensive product or solution to solve this. Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to be one of the most powerful supports for high cortisol.
Researchers at University California Davis, have uncovered an amazing connection between mindfulness and cortisol, witnessing results in only a few weeks of practicing mindfulness. Rutgers University have also studied this field, finding that regular meditators had a nearly 50% reduction in cortisol levels.
#2 Boost That Serotonin
There are approximately 86 billion brain cells bouncing around in your noggin, and most of them are are affected by serotonin in one way or another.
You’ve probably heard of serotonin as one of the ‘happy’ neurotransmitters. It’s earned this nickname due to its delicious effect on mood and overall effect on our wellbeing. Synthetic forms of this brain chemical are also used in many antidepressants.
It is believed that meditation ‘bathes’ your brain cells in happy neurotransmitters such as serotonin and oxytocin (the love hormone) making you feel damn goooood.
Hormonally speaking, progesterone is closely linked with mood management through its relationship with a neurotransmitter called GABA. Lower levels of this chilled out hormone may be at play if hormotional PMS is a regular occurance for you. If this rings a bell then the lovely neurotransmitters that meditation delivers to your brain will be a free and natural way to help you to better manage your mood during this phase of your cycle .
#3 Nurture DHEA For Longevity
DHEA is a precursor hormone, meaning that it’s essential for the balanced production of other hormones such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It also plays an interesting role in ageing and has been referred to as the ‘fountain of youth’ by scientists.
A prominent longevity researcher named Dr Vincent Giampapa, M.D has some good news for your hormones and your skin. Dr Vincent found that meditation practitioners on average have approximately 44% more DHEA than the rest of us.
Sure, you can spend $200 on a fancy anti-ageing moisturiser and dose yourself up with collagen powders… Or you could start meditating daily, for free. I don’t know whether you’ve ever looked at the Dalai Lama’s skin but that man is GLOWING. He is not only a fountain of wisdom and compassion, he’s also tapped into the fountain of DHEA youth.
If you do one thing...
Therefore, if we could pick just one technique to invest your time into support your hormone health it would be mindfulness. Sitting down to observe your breath or to repeat a mantra in your mind might not feel like it’s doing anything to help, but an overwhelming body of science tells us otherwise.
If you surrender to this practice, incorporate 20 minutes of mindfulness into your day and keep the habit up you will work wonders for your body and mind.
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Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational purposes only. It is not designed to diagnose, treat or cure. We are all unique. For your individual health concerns it is important to discuss these with a relevant health professional.