Rey always gets a big kick out these attacks, because according to him, “breathing is natural, and you can’t forget to do it!” He doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and this morning when I set off to prove him wrong by finding online cases of people who’ve died from forgetting to breathe, I stumbled across the International Breath Institute.
Apparently, we were both semi-right. Only babies die from forgetting to breathe, and only babies breathe properly naturally.
But, I didn’t realize how important breathing properly is, especially for the anxiety-ridden nation.
Breathing is the body’s main mechanism for disposing of waste, namely CO2. CO2 makes the nervous system excitable, and anxious people often live in a state with elevated CO2 levels. Breathing properly decreases those levels and in turn decreases the anxiety. But decreased anxiety isn’t the only benefit of breathing properly, it also increases energy, and improves complexion and blood circulation.
Pretty interesting stuff. The International Breath Institute also links to a thirty-year clinical study that claims the most significant factor in peak health and long life is how well you breathe.