“Perfect Breathing”: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!!!



In addition to being downright pleasurable and relaxing, Perfect Breathing has other effects that are not so obvious.



With each conscious breath your body begins to stand down from the nearly constant attack posture that characterizes the fight-or-flight response brought on by so-called “modern living” and chronic stress.



The arteries, veins, and capillaries of your pulmonary system begin to dilate, increasing the blood flow throughout your body.



They also become more elastic, reversing the damaging effects of arteriosclerosis.


For reasons that are still not fully understood, the acid level in your blood drops when you breathe correctly, making your body able to more effectively process salt which, along with the dilation of your arteries, veins, and capillaries, causes your blood pressure to drop and your heart rate to slow.



That full deep breath also causes your diaphragm to move nearly three times farther than usual, which stimulates your internal organs and helps circulate the lymph that removes the waste generated by every cell in your body.



The additional oxygen you take in more effectively removes the waste that your blood brings to your lungs in exchange for fresh oxygen.



All of this happens with each deep inspiration.



Were this a late-night infomercial, this is where the announcer would say, “Now how much would you pay for that kind of priceless health?”



But wait, there’s more!


As the toxic effects of adrenaline and cortisol begin to subside, your body begins to produce the specialized “T” cells that tell your immune system to step up its defenses.



Your body begins to more effectively ward off disease-causing bacteria and viruses.



You will find that although people all around you are sniffling, sneezing, and coughing, more often than not, you escape unscathed.



These changes continue to take place with each conscious breath, and best of all, they accumulate.



It’s like saving pennies—it doesn’t seem like much at the time, but as time goes by, you find that you have real money!

2 responses to this post.

  1. “But wait, there’s more!” Ha ha ha, I love it. Do you suppose deep belly laughs do something similar?

  2. Laughing with that much freedom has to be a tonic

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