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How we breathe affects our physical health and our mental health.
In this video, author and BBC One presenter Dr. Rangan Chatterjee and science journalist James Nestor discuss how many of us breathe very poorly, adding to our stress and prolonging the body’s costly flight-or-flight protocols.
This type of breathing is shallow and rapid, leaves us vulnerable to panic and anxiety.
On the other hand, slow, deep breathing increases the activity of the vagus nerve, a part of parasympathetic nervous system, which controls and measures the activity of many internal organs.
When the vagus nerve is stimulated, calmness pervades the body; the heart rate slows and becomes regular; blood pressure decreases; muscles relax. Meanwhile, when the vagus nerve informs the brain of these changes, it, too, relaxes, increasing feelings of peacefulness.
The two also go over a breathing practice to promote calm and focus at times of stress, as well as the amazing impact on athletic performance of nasal breathing versus mouth breathing.
Learn more about the optimal breathing for health here.
View the original video here.
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