Breathe your way to better health

Updated: Jan 3, 2021

It goes without saying that breathing is essential to life. Most of us would not be able to survive without air for more than a few minutes. In fact, our brain cells begin to die at around the 6-minute mark if deprived of oxygen. But breathing plays a much more complex and crucial role in our health than most of us realize. Yes, we see the link between deep breathing and stress relief, but what if I were to tell you that the way you breathe could also affect your blood pressure, heart rate variability, memory, alertness, concentration, mood, eye-hand coordination, immune function, regeneration, sleep quantity and quality, blood sugar levels, appetite, and even alter your gut microbiota?

The way we breathe matters

It is surprising to think that breathing, a skill we had learned since birth - one that is so essential to life, can be so poorly performed by many people in our modern society. More unfortunate is the fact that most of us aren’t even aware that we are not breathing optimally. This is because we don’t pay enough attention to our breaths. Breathing is so much more than just the act of taking air in and pushing air out of our bodies. The way we breathe influences almost all our biological systems.