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Meditation, Yoga, Mindfulness, Tai Chi Changes How Stress Affects Our DNA


In a new study it is found meditation, yoga, mindfulness and Tai Chi can change how DNA of a person responds to stress.

Details of the study are published in the Frontiers in Immunology journal. It writes the activities do not only relax us but also reverse the modecular reactions to stress in our DNA.

The sympathetic nervous system is triggered during a stressful situation and this leads to the production of proteins called cytokins by the genes. This further cause inflammation at a cellular level and over time may lead to health issues including cancer and psychiatric disorders like depression.

The researchers found those who engage in mind-body interventions exhibit opposite effect.

Lead investigator from the Brain, Belief and Behaviour and Achievement, Ivana Buric, said many people does meditation and yoga, but don’t know that its benefits begin at a molecular legvel and has the ability in changing the way the genetic code goes about its business.

The researcher added, “These activities are leaving what we call a molecular signature in our cells, which reverses the effect that stress or anxiety would have on the body by changing how our genes are expressed.”

Ivana further continued that simply putting mind-body interventions can result with brain to steer the DNA processes as well as a path that improves the wellbeing.