Weekly Update – Breathing

Study on the Effect of Diaphragmatic Breathing and Stress in Healthy Adults

I could read these studies all day long; they are so fascinating to me. Maybe I’m the only one. But the National Center for Biotechnology Information released a study on the effects of diaphragmatic breathing in healthy adults.

As you can imagine, the results are astounding, in my humble opinion. “Psychological studies have revealed breathing practice to be an effective non-pharmacological intervention for emotional enhancement, including a reduction in anxiety, depression, and stress.”

It’s an extensive study on the breathing practice of diaphragmatic breathing, or as they say, an “efficient integrative body-mind training for dealing with stress and psychosomatic conditions.”

Here’s a quick tip if you want to engage your diaphragm in your breathing – close your mouth. Make a habit of breathing through your nose, and you will increase the likelihood of engaging your diaphragm.

Read the full, fascinating study here

5.5 Breaths Per Minute Increases HRV

A study published by the International Journal of Psychophysiology reports findings on breathing patterns and how they affect heart rate variability.

5.5 breaths per minute with equal inhale to exhale ratio achieved greater HRV. The study also found the steady and slow pace of breathing increased the feeling of relaxation.

Read the complete study summary here

Mitohacker Podcast with Patrick McKeown

Patrick McKeown from Oxygen Advantage makes an appearance on the Mitohacker Podcast. Its another great interview with Patrick, as he breaks down the importance of proper breathing on health and fitness.

Watch all of Patrick’s interviews and videos here at Oxygen Advantage.