If you thought meditation was good only for your emotional well-being, think again: A new study suggests it may also alleviate the symptoms of two gut disorders.
The study looked at people who had either irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or irritable bowel disease (IBD). It found that those who did yoga and meditation regularly for two months had fewer symptoms associated with the two gut disorders.
This mind/body intervention seemed to work by inducing genetic changes in the body, the study authors said. The findings suggest that stress-relieving meditation can suppress the activities of genes that help cause inflammation and other immune system problems in people with IBS or IBD, the study stated.
The condition is fairly common in the United States, affecting about 1 in every 10 people at some point in their lives, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Yet scientists do not exactly know what causes the disorder. Continue reading >>