Recent studies show that meditation has a positive effect on hormones, especially, DHEA, testosterone, melatonin and cortisol. This is important as DHEA, Testosterone and Melatonin levels decrease as we age.
The French call the androgen hormone, DHEA, “the Fountain of Youth.”. DHEA has an anti-oxidant and anti-aging component. We produce the greatest amount of DHEA when we are between twenty and thirty years old. When we are in our thirties, DHEA begins to decrease as we age. DHEA is important for our skin, bone density, brain function and libido.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone that is produced in higher levels in men than in women. It is a sexual hormone that is involved in blood cell production and prevents against osteoporosis.
Melatonin is the sleeping hormone. Its level changes during the day and reach its highest peak at night. In France, 25 to 40% of people over 55 years old have sleeping issues. There is conflicting research on whether melatonin decreases with age and when the highest levels are. Some believe that melatonin is the highest during the day, which is why as we age we prefer to sleep and wake up earlier.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone. It stimulates many functions in the body. It is widely known as the stress hormone. Too much stress impacts our cortisol levels leading to negative outcomes such as weight gain and depression. A study has been published about the negative effects of high levels of cortisol in police officers in the US indicating that elevated cortisol can lead to riskier decision making for both males and females.
Studies have shown that after a four month meditation program people were able to respond to day-to-day stress better. Meditation has other benefits such as better quality of sleep and cognitive benefits such as improved memory and focus. Meditation is a great idea for everyone in the modern day hassle filled world. Less stress, better brain functioning and improved sleep can help us to lead healthier and happier lives.
If you are looking for a meditation consultation in Hong Kong, please email me, I will refer you to right person.
Kathy Babolat – 4-4-2013