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Take a Deep Breath: Inhaling the Right Way May Improve Your Memory

A new study shows that the way you breathe can affect not only your body, but your brain activity, including memory and stress responses like fear, Health reports. You can even improve your memory, if you just breathe correctly, the research suggests.

This report also suggests that taking a deep breath through your nose, and letting it out through your mouth, will help you cope with scary or stressful situations. It’s a good start toward scientifically showing how important the way you breathe is. To that end, I am a huge fan of the Buteyko Breathing Method, which has shown to relieve a number of health issues, as well as improve your overall fitness.

With this method, when you stop mouth breathing and learn to bring your breathing volume toward normal, you have better oxygenation of your tissues and organs, including your brain. Properly done, it removes excess CO2, while at the same time maintaining ideal CO2 levels in your lungs. The trick is to not “over” breathe, which can cause negative cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory, muscular, gastrointestinal and psychological effects.

And, as this latest study shows, the most important thing to remember is to breathe through your nose. Your nose regulates at least 30 physical processes, including the release of nitric oxide (NO), a bronchodilator and vasodilator that helps lower blood pressure and helps maintain homeostasis in your body. To induce calm, you need to breathe slowly and lightly, using your diaphragm. You also want to breathe less, and breathing through your nose is key.
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