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Take A Deep Breath


Article Posted by Sherri Sacconahgi, on September 21, 2011

 


Just take a deep breath. I say it to my kids, my husband and my clients when I want them to just relax and slow down. Deep breathing can be one of the most powerful tools you have when it comes to living a healthy life.

Many of us power through our days without giving a thought to how we are breathing. If you have ever been in a stressful situation like a big game or before an important presentation, you may have learned that taking a big deep breathe can calm your nerves, and slow a rapid heartbeat. But deep breathing goes even deeper than that. Here are some reasons that taking a deep breath is good for you.

  • Elevates Mood. Deep breathing releases neuro chemicals into the brain, inducing a happy feeling. Like chocolate, without the calories.

  • Strengthens the Immune System. Oxygen helps the red blood cells utilize nutrients and vitamins needed to ward off colds and flu.

  • Boosts Energy Levels. Next time you are dreading boot camp class, take a deep breath nail those pushups.

  • Releases Toxins. 70% of your body is designed to release toxins through breathing. Without proper breathing your other systems have to work harder to keep you healthy.

  • Aids in Digestion. If you ever have rushed through a meal, you know it can be uncomfortable. Oxygen helps food digest more efficiently.

And one of the most surprising reasons? Deep breathing can help you lose weight. Oxygen helps raise your metabolism. According to Psychology of Eating expert, Marc David, “If you want to maximize metabolism, breathing is one of the most effective tools because the greater your capacity to take in oxygen, the higher you metabolic burning power will be.”

Here is how to get the most out of every breath.

  1. Inhale through your nose and expand your belly, then fill your chest. Do it slowly counting to five. Imagine positive energy filling your body.

  2. Hold it for about 3 seconds.

  3. Slowly release through your mouth for a count of 5. Imagine your body releasing waste and toxins.

If you can set aside about 10 minutes every day for deep breathing exercises that is optimal, but like any form of exercise, the important thing is you just do it in when you can.

So next time someone tells you to take a deep breath, go for it.

 

Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
www.themissionofnutrition.com
Ph: 503 621 7549
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