How well your lungs take in and release air is a predictor of longevity[1]. Breathing techniques can help to manage stress[2]. Controlled breathing help decrease feelings of anxiety[3]. It helps to lower blood pressure and heart rate, which can reduce wear and tear on blood vessels[4][5]. Controlled breathing when used to facilitate meditation stimulates brain growth[6]. Deep breathing stimulates the Vagus nerve which has shown to decrease chronic inflammation[7][8], which again can help to prevent common diseases and medical conditions as well as to reduce chronic pain[9].

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      • [2] Elvira V. Lang, Kevin S. Berbaum, Salomao Faintuch, et al.. Adjunctive self-hypnotic relaxation for outpatient medical procedures: A prospective randomized trial with women undergoing large core breast biopsy.. Pain. 2006.
      • [3] Malow, BA; Edwards, J; Marzec, M; Sagher, O; Fromes, G (2000). "Effects of vagus nerve stimulation on respiration during sleep: A pilot study". Neurology 55 (10): 1450–4. doi:10.1212/wnl.55.10.1450. PMID 11094096. View
      • [4] Anderson DE, McNeely JD, Chesney MA, Windham BG. Breathing variability at rest is positively associated with 24-h blood pressure level. Am J Hypertens. 2008 Dec;21(12):1324-9. doi: 10.1038/ajh.2008.292. Epub 2008 Sep 25. View
      • [5] Chacko N. Joseph, Cesare Porta, Gaia Casucci, Nadia Casiraghi, Mara Maffeis, Marco Rossi, Luciano Bernardi – “Slow Breathing Improves Arterial Baroreflex Sensitivity and Decreases Blood Pressure in Essential Hypertension” - Hypertension. 2005;46:714-718. View
      • [6] Sara W. Lazar et al., “Meditation Experience Is Associated With Increased Cortical Thickness”, NeuroReport, 2005. View
      • [7] Tracey, K.J. (2007). Physiology and immunologoy of the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway. The Journal of Clinical Investigation, 117, 289-296.
      • [8] Tracey, K.J., & Oke, S.L. The Inflammatory Reflex and the Role of Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies. (2009) Longevity, Regeneration, and Optimal Health: Ann. N.Y. Academy of Sciencies, 1171 172-180.
      • [9] Mehling, Wolf E., et al. (2005). Randomized, Controlled Trial of Breath Therapy for Patients with Chronic Low-back pain. Alternative Therapies, 11, 44-52.
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