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Can Meditation and Prayer Make You Healthier?


The research is in and it’s a fact… regular Prayer and Meditation can play an important role in how long you live and how healthy you are.

The relationship between prayer, meditation and health has been the focus of many studies over the past four decades. In a National Institute of Health funded study, people who prayed daily were shown to be 40 percent less likely to have high blood pressure than those without a regular prayer practice. Research at Dartmouth Medical School found that patients with strong religious beliefs who underwent elective heart surgery were three times more likely to recover than those who were less religious.

Praying and meditation produce a physiological response related to slower brain waves and also trigger the release of oxytocin and dopamine, the “feel-good” chemicals in the brain.  

According to Louise Weadock, president and CEO of ACCESS Nursing Services and myCareGPS: “Recent studies show that prayer and meditation can significantly boost the immune system and decrease the severity of many illnesses.”

She reports that over half of all doctor visits are prompted by stress-induced illnesses, along with depression, high blood pressure, ulcers and migraine headaches.

“Prayer and meditation can provide feelings of calm, control and peace that can decrease blood pressure and slow down the heart rate.”


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