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Breathe, Exhale and Repeat: What Are the Benefits of Controlled Breathing?

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  • Controlled breathing is one way to trigger your relaxation response, as it activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn may slow down your heart rate and digestion while helping you feel calm
  • Controlled breathing may improve health conditions ranging from insomnia and anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), high blood pressure and depression
  • Breathing exercises promoted in yoga, Pilates and meditative methods sometimes focus on taking big, deep breaths through your mouth but breathing through your nose may be more beneficial

By Dr. Mercola

The average person takes about 20,000 breaths a day, and you probably don’t give them much thought. Breathing obviously yields incredible power over your health, as it supplies your body with oxygen (and removes excess carbon dioxide [CO2]) to keep you alive.


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