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  • Writer's pictureShayna Keller

Unlocking the Power of Your Breath

In this episode, I discuss the importance of proper breathing techniques with Derek Udy. Breathing is arguably the most fundamental yet underrated aspect of health. Derek shares an fascinating introduction into concepts like functional breathing and the role of nitric oxide (NO).

We explore how posture and using your diaphragm muscle are essential for maximizing oxygen intake and gas exchange. Derek notes the correlation between carbon dioxide levels and reduced anxiety or panic attacks when breathing techniques are applied.

Many are unaware of mechanisms like their second diaphragm that influence breathing patterns. Derek highlights the mouth-nose breathing dilemma and history of correct nasal breathing. The potential of breathwork for treating and even healing illness is remarkable.

Derek discusses methods like "sipping" the air consciously for improved lung capacity. We delved into lung anatomy and relationships between respiration, weight maintenance and overall wellness. When managed properly, breathing truly acts as the foundation of health.

Valuable breathing methods from various sources were provided, including Buteyko, paced and oxygen advantage styles. Controlling hyperventilation and aligning heart and breath rhythms were also discussed. Summary advice and complimentary app recommendations conclude our talk.

It was inspiring to learn how dedicating focus to our breathing practice can unlock dormant potentials for health, stress management and performance. This may be one of the simplest yet most impactful lifestyle modifications.

Books Recommendations

  • Breath by James Nestor

  • Conscious Breathing by Anders Olsson

  • Oxygen Advantage by Patrick Mckeown

  • Heart Breath Mind by Leah Lagos

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