Researchers Link Mindfulness to Healthy Body, Lifestyle

A healthy heart may be linked positively to the practice of mindfulness. In a study of nearly 400 participants, Brown University’s Erick Louck, an epidemiology professor, headed a research team that evaluated cardiovascular risk and mindfulness practices among middle-aged people. A link between four of seven risk factors and mindfulness was revealed. “People who are more aware of their own emotions and body sensations are going to make better choices, or choices that are more aligned with their own values or goals. They won’t be engaged in eating high-fat foods or smoking,” noted Willoughby Britton, an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, also affiliated with the study. Results were published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

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