Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Breathing ~ A powerful antioxidant
As a holistic therapist and someone who leads meditation good diaphragmatic breathing (expanding the stomach on inhalation and collapsing on exhalation) is scarce. According to an Italian study "Diaphragmatic Breathing Reduces Exercise- induced Oxidative Stress" they were able to “demonstrate that relaxation induced by diaphragmatic breathing increases the antioxidant defense status in athletes after exhaustive exercise. These effects correlate with the concomitant decrease in cortisol and the increase in melatonin. The consequence is a lower level of oxidative stress, which suggests that an appropriate diaphragmatic breathing could protect athletes from long-term adverse effects of free radicals."
After your heavy New Year's Resolution work out, put on your AVE. A heart rate variability (HRV) program is built in for users pace their breathing to 6 breaths per min. Inhale for two beats then exhale for two beats. Keeping the mind on the breath decreases anxiety and reduces the mind’s ability to wander in addition to behaving like an antioxidant.
So next time someone tells you to breathe deeply, do it from your diaphragm.