Breath work helps to optimize your physiological parameters and your self-regeneration
At a time when we are coping with stress, anxiety or fear, our brain begins to cope in different ways. When life feels out of control, it is vital to overcome the stress and essentially stay grounded. Regular physical activity and breathing exercises are a great way of achieving this.
Breathing is the only basic life function which can be influenced by will and training (for instance, you cannot normally control your heartbeat or the bowel muscles). Having an adequate breathing mode will positively influence many of your chemical reactions in your body.
Evidence that breath work can ameliorate stress and the process of aging
Stress and aging generate inﬂammation, energy imbalance, oxidative damage from free radicals, and neural degeneration. Clinical evidence shows that breath work can promote the ability to deal with physical or emotional stress, empower the metabolism, and affect longevity mechanisms in many ways by leveraging the major adaptive systems of the body (nervous, endocrine and immune).
Performing mind-body practices will intentionally slow your breathing and give positive signals to your body. Indeed, it activates what is called the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS). The PSNS starts in your brain and connects through fibers and neurons to the key organs they act on (heart, stomach, bladder, …). When stressed, the PSNS triggers the necessary responses to return to homeostasis, therefore maintaining the balance of internal physiology.
Breathe Better to Move Better
Breathing practices are known to slow your heart and breathing rates, lower blood pressure, increase oxygen delivery to the blood and cells, promote digestion and eliminate fat as well as other toxins. Science shows that breathing practices ameliorate immunity, as well as relieving stress-related mental and physical disorders including high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, …
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