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Controlled Breathing Calms Your Brain

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  • Respiration has traditionally been looked at in terms of automatic brain stem processes, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that higher brain mechanisms are also involved
  • The rhythm of breathing leads to changes in your brain that may heighten your ability to make emotional judgments or form memories
  • People were better able to identify fearful faces during inhalation through their nose, as opposed to when they were exhaling through their mouth; the same was true for remembering images

By Dr. Mercola

The way you breathe — whether fast or slow, shallow or deep — is intricately tied to your body as a whole, sending messages that affect your mood, your stress levels and even your immune system. Yet, breathing is unique in that it's both easily ignored (becoming a basic background of your life) and revered at the same time. In the latter case, it's almost instinctual to advise someone to "take a deep breath" if they're feeling anxious, stressed or fearful.


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