Change your lifestyle to improve your health.

In the last two-three years, articles touting the benefits of meditation are abundant in the news media, but labeled as “alternative medicine.”  traditionally trained neurologist with additional board certification in integrative medicine and featured inTED talk, “The Powerful Secret of Your Breath”, argues that meditation should not be considered an alternative method, but a necessary addition to a lifestyle change:

Meditation is Medicine for Heart Health

In integrative medicine, mindful techniques are used along with medications and surgery when needed. The foundation of reclaiming health is addressing meaningful lifestyle changes.  

There are two important lifestyle changes that are known to prevent high blood pressure and will reduce the amount of medications needed: 

  1. Nutritional changes to consume food rich in whole, unprocessed foods that are naturally low in salt, sugar, and fat.
  2. Embarking on an individualized exercise program. 

Dr. Mushtaq’s personal statement:

Personally, I also have found that implementing a consistent mindful meditation practice; I find myself paying attention and am aware of choices I make in my diet. Being mindful also helps tune into the body and the natural yearning to move and exercise. Meditation is not a “quick fix,” but it is a sustainable practice that can lead to a natural reduction of stress, medications, and moodiness.