Mindfulness practice helps to reduce cravings

Mindfulness practice helps to reduce cravings

According to a new study from City, University of London, mindfulness helps to prevent cravings for food and drugs including alcohol and cigarettes, by occupying short term memory.  The research, a review of 30 studies found that different types of mindfulness strategies including the practice of mindfulness meditation brought about an immediate reduction in cravings by loading working memory (a part of our short term memory concerned with immediate conscious perceptual and linguistic processing.)  The research also found that the continued practice of mindfulness over time helped to reduce cravings due to “extinction processes” (when an individual inhibits craving related responses and behaviours, leading to an eventual reduction in cravings.)

 

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