Some biohacks can be expensive. Most of them work on mechanisms that are free, but breathing just might be the biggest and best magic bullet we have today. In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I talk to returning guest Patrick McKeown about why. And why he wants everyone to be a nose breather.
Patrick’s one of the world’s leading breathing re-education experts who’s been immersed in the research of breathing for more than two decades. He’s bringing the benefits of that research to people around the world. He's written numerous books on the topic and talked about the importance of oxygen on a previous podcast, "How to Breathe Less to Do More."
“I just feel that breathing has been too left of field and it hasn't been put out there properly,” Patrick says. “This is something we have to start taking seriously.”
Around 20 percent of the general population has dysfunctional breathing, but if you have lower back pain, anxiety or asthma, that percentage goes way up. Why’s that important? The way you breathe has a huge impact on your quality of life, changing how you deal with stress, your sleeping habits, the way you exercise and so much more. This goes for kids and adults alike.
Patrick explains breathing in three ways: biochemical, biomechanics and psychological. Breathing function or dysfunction dramatically affects focus and concentration; brain function; blood pressure; respiratory health; female sex hormones; blood sugar; and even pain.
"We're talking about basic physiology that can influence all of the major disciplines of medicine, dental health, movement, mental health, sleep, respiration," Patrick says. "And these are significant. And I think there is a role for breathing and in time, breathing will be embraced in medicine."
In his new book, "THE BREATHING CURE: Develop New Habits for a Healthier, Happier, and Longer Life," Patrick walks you through tips and strategies to breathe light, slow and deep. His breathing exercises improve blood chemistry and increase oxygen flow to all your body’s systems, overall improving the function of your body’s nervous system. He uses fast, simple, scientific methods.
Here’s what happens when you learn how to breathe differently:
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