Monday, April 5, 2010
Breathing for Anxiety Relief and Weight Loss
The article "Breathe Through It" in Women's Health Magazine outlines the benefits from regular, deep breaths. It may seem simple, but there are some specific techniques that can be easily learned and used for, among other things, weight loss and anxiety. So when you're in a particularly anxiety-inducing situation, don't forget to breathe! It signals to the brain that you're breathing normally, therefore, there's no need to be in a "fight or flight" response. It's important to breath regularly and deeply while you're eating as well. If we hold our breath as we shovel the food in, a stress response is triggered and our bodies stop digesting our food properly. This can lead to digestive troubles such as heartburn and stomach aches, as well as food being stored as fat in our bodies.