Why breath is vital to health

Resetting one’s breath, or working to make the breath leave fight-or-flight mode, is good for both the mind and body.

The unconscious body, or the autonomic nervous system, refers to the functions that take place without any thought, such as the heart beating or the stomach digesting food. 

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In fight-or-flight mode, the body feels threatened and reacts to help the person escape or avoid a threatening situation. 

Among other things, the body releases hormones to make the heart beat faster, breathing to quicken, and to boost blood sugar levels.

stress activated too often, or for too long, has adverse consequences on health, however. The physical impact of this state can cause wear and tear on every system in the body.

“I used it every day in SEAL training…it helped me graduate as the honor man, [the] number one graduate. Now I use it for every challenging situation, and practice it daily.”

Deep breathing techniques have been shown to significantly reduce the production of hormones associated with stress, such as cortisol.

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