As 2015 gains momentum, the wellness industry continues to thrive as people all over the world seek strategies to help them improve their health. This is no different for those suffering from PCOS, maybe like you?
If this is your goal, it’s important to note that meditation for PCOS can provide you with a wide range of wonderful health benefits.
Relaxation in the form of meditation can increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin receptors. This activity contributes to the process of keeping excess blood sugar in the cells rather than dangerously floating along in the bloodstream.
Once blood sugar levels are regulated in this way, an individual’s susceptibility to a plethora of diseases (such as type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and of course, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) decreases significantly. The role of meditation in contributing to insulin sensitivity has been cited in numerous journals, including the North American Journal Of Medical Sciences.
2. Improved Digestion
Yet another wonderful health benefit of meditation is improved digestion.
Meditation has this effect because relaxing activities cause the body to operate on its parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) rather than the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) (or ‘the stress system’).
Once the PNS becomes active, the individual’s body can start properly digesting food. The PNS also enables the body to heal wounds and generate cell restoration processes.
The digestive system is under great stress in many of the PCOS patients I see.
Digestion is reduced during active periods, such as when we’re exercising or stressed, because the body works to use as much energy as possible to solve the current problem. (This stressed state is typically referred to as the fight-or-flight response.)
Individuals who are interested in the science behind how meditation aids digestive processes should note that the restful activity enables the stomach to relax, which in turn allows our digestive enzymes to start working optimally.
Unfortunately, factors such as sustained stress and poor chewing habits limit the efficacy of our digestive enzymes, thereby decreasing the likelihood that we will attain all the nutrition in our food. However, meditating for just a few minutes directly prior to a meal has been shown to increase the efficacy of the body’s digestive processes.
Irritable bowel syndrome has been shown to be helped with meditation, and I see lots of women with PCOS struggling with irate intestines. You can read my 16 Point Checklist For A Better PCOS Gut here too.
3. Immune System Support
As numerous research studies have clearly shown, meditation can play a profoundly positive role in enhancing the function of the immune system.
The human immune system is one of the most important systems in our body for several reasons, one of which is that it helps us fight off diseases that can generate from bacterial and viral infections.
However, the experience of chronic stress, lack of exercise, and poor diet can put substantive stress on the immune system, thereby making us more susceptible to debilitating illnesses.
The practice of meditation has been proven to play a positive role in strengthening the immune system. There are several reasons why this correlation has been identified, and one of the primary reasons is that meditation offsets the power and prevalence of stress, a key factor in weakening the immune system.
Summing Up Meditation For PCOS
If you’re serious about leading a healthy, happy and PCOS sign and symptom-free life, regular meditation can help you accomplish your objective. As noted above, meditation can contribute to regulated blood sugar, improved digestion, and immune system support. With these three benefits alone, meditation is a powerful step for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome to lead a life of well-being and positivity.
From PCOS to perfect health, with love,