There has been a lot bandied about in the media about mindfulness and its benefits. The premise behind mindfulness is to bring awareness to the present moment and identify your emotions as you feel them.
Studies show that it is effective for reducing stress and anxiety – but could it have a positive effect on our physical health too? Eric Loucks, assistant professor of epidemiology at Brown University believes it can.
Loucks carried out a study which found that those who ‘live in the moment’ and have a mindful disposition tend to have less body fat. He believes that because early humans had to hunt and gather food, the human brain is wired to make us eat as much as we can for fear of not being able to find more. Also, early humans were programmed to rest when they weren’t hunting – this may explain the aversion we can feel towards exercise.
“However, the human brain and sense organs have not had evolutionary time to change...