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Can Spiritual Fitness reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s? Yes, here’s how!

There is no debate that spiritual wellness is as crucial as health wellness for your body to function at an optimum level. Spiritual wellness is about finding the purpose and meaning of life; understanding the beliefs, values, and morals that guide your ideology and actions. 


Good spiritual fitness is the overall health of our spirituality and is a way of living that motivates us. At times, spirituality is used for religion. However, it is not just limited to it as it is a way of life that one can implement in their life irrespective of caste, religion, or even belief system. 


We know that good spiritual fitness can help us heal/ manage some diseases, but does it really reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s? Religious and spiritual involvement may affect the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. It is estimated that up to 152 million people worldwide will be living with Alzheimer’s disease by 2050. To date, there are no medicines or drugs that have shown a positive impact on either the prevention or reversal of this disease. 


A new review in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease examines research on spiritual fitness, a new concept in medicine that focuses on spiritual and psychological well-being. Kirtan Kriya meditation has shown effects of chronic stress on cognition, reverse memory loss that may reduce multiple drivers of Alzheimer’s disease risk. 


Research shows that religious and spiritual involvement preserves cognitive function as we age. It seems that spiritual fitness is the new dimension in Alzheimer’s disease prevention wherein it’s a merge of stress reduction, spiritual psychological, and basic wellbeing. Dharana at Shillim believes the right approach to promoting the importance of stress awareness and solutions to manage stress and anxiety is a must. 


The Dharana Resilience Retreat program adopts the precise methods and approach required to combat stress and reset your mental health and well-being. Several studies show that practicing meditation daily for a few minutes is highly beneficial for mental as well as spiritual health as it calms you down. Meditation has the power to significantly lower stress, anxiety, and depression. 


A new study from Brown University shows that person-to-person factors and relationships in mindfulness meditation-based programs have a positive effect on dealing with issues like depression, stress, etc. The Dharana MINBOS program evaluates and analyses the levels of Oxidative – Cognitive Stress & aggregated toxins in the body by performing specific non-invasive tests & thus drawing goal-based remedial measures of customized & integrative De-stress & Sleep therapies. 


Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy has been proven to be quite effective at reducing the relapses of depression. Mindfulness through meditation not only changes your brain but also your body. Meditation increases the activity in the brain processing stress-related reactions and others related to calm and focus. Plus, the power of mindfulness is strong enough to outperform painkillers for chronic lower back pain as well! The regular practice of yoga and mindfulness meditation results in the ease of back pain. 


Dharana at Shillim, a holistic eco-wellness retreat integrates rejuvenating, healing, and therapeutic programmes for the overall cleansing of your mind, body, and spirit. The Dharana way of life aims at achieving a balanced mind, calm soul, and fit body to lead to a healthy lifestyle. Practicing yoga and meditation has uncountable health and spiritual benefits. This dynamic change is a transformational path towards self-actualization and the practice of elevating oneself into a spiritual perspective.