Paul Bragg said, " Breathing deeply, fully and completely energizes the body, calms the nerves, fills you with peace and helps keep you youthful."
What is the most important chemical in our bodies? OXYGEN! If we do not have oxygen, we will die! I love this chapter on Breathing in my book, Looking Younger& Living Longer. Here are some tips from my book about breathing, which have really helped me relax and stay calm, especially when I start feeling stressed out. Those of us with Adrenal Fatigue need to constantly remember to breathe and to keep calm our bodies, our minds and even our spirits. Here are my favorite excerpts from this chapter: * The main function of oxygen is purification. *Most people are shallow breathers. They get oxygen into the upper regions of the lungs but seldom get sufficient oxygen into the deep lower regions of the lungs. They become oxygen-starved and pale and lack energy and go-power. Good posture is important to correct breathing. Posture affects the chest and chest walls. Dr. Andrew Weil's 4-7-8 breathing exercise: Although you can do this exercise in any position, sit with your back straight while learning the exercise. HOW TO TIPS: Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your your mouth around your tongue. Try pursing your lips if this seems awkward. (I know this seems weird, but it works...it just doesn't look pretty :)
1. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
2. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of "4"
3. Hold your breath for a count of "7"
4. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of "8"
5. This is one breath.
Repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths
If you don't let it go, this is what happens...we really do start to unravel!