U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio's rust belt, knows about mindfulness. He's written a book called "A Mindful Nation" in which he talks about how he benefits from mindulness practice every day.
And now he's on the cover of the June issue of Mindful Magazine.
Studies about mindfulness' benefits to our health show the practice has "a 'cooling' effect on the inflammatory processes of the body," Ryan says.
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Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu, associate professor of nursing at Emory University, says: "Conceivably, if you begin these practices earlier, you may be able to prevent some serious chronic illnesses associated with inflammation."
Inflammation is a factor in dementia, Alzheimer's and cancer, among other diseases.
Mindfulness practice also helps to control stress, another risk factor in chronic disease, such as heart failure.
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