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Take a (Deep) Breath

Take a (Deep) Breath

You choose healthy foods and take your vitamins. But if you're like most people, you could be getting more of an essential nutrient-- oxygen! It's easy to take breathing for granted because we don’t have to think about it. But we can all benefit from more oxygen to detoxify our bodies, nourish our cells and organs, and reduce our stress levels!

6 Steps to Deeper Breathing

  1. Find a comfortable position—either lying down or sitting with a straight back. Relax.
  2. Breathe in slowly for 3 to 4 seconds. Allow the air to enter deeply into your lungs. You should feel your abdomen expanding (instead of your chest or shoulders).
  3. Hold your breath for 3 to 4 seconds.
  4. Slowly exhale while counting for 4 or more seconds. Focus on pushing the air out of your lungs as you feel your abdomen recede.
  5. Pause for 3 to 4 seconds before taking your next breath.
  6. Repeat for as many repetitions as you like!

Tips:

  • The second counts are suggestions only—adjust the length of your breaths to fit your needs. You may find that the more you practice, the longer you will be able to stretch out your breaths. Do what is comfortable for you.
  • For more stress-relieving benefits, listening to relaxing music while breathing.
  • Don’t “have time” to breathe? Even a couple of deep breathes at your desk, at a stoplight, or in line at the store can increase your oxygen intake and reduce stress.

*Content contained in this article is not intended to provide or to constitute medical or healthcare advice. Nor can it be relied upon as preventative care, cure, or treatment for any disease or medical condition. You should consult a qualified healthcare professional for advice regarding the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and before starting any supplementation, nutritional, exercise, or other medical program.

 


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