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Meditation could have positive impact on gut and overall health

By Andrew Gregory

17 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

A study of Buddhist monks has found that meditation may regulate gut microbiome and lower the risk of ill health. The Guardian explains how the practice has such a widespread and positive impact.

It is a practice favoured by Lena Dunham, Tom Hanks and Lady Gaga to boost their focus and bring about calmness in an often busy, distracted world.

Now researchers have found evidence that frequent meditation over several years may help alter the human gut – boosting the body’s immune system and reducing the risk of anxiety, depression and heart disease.

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