Podcast Episode 143: No More Shallow Breathing! Strengthen Your Diaphragm for Better Health

Podcast Episode 143: No More Shallow Breathing! Strengthen Your Diaphragm for Better Health

February 1, 2024 | 47 minutes, 18 seconds
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Podcast Show Notes

In this episode of the Ayurveda Meets Modern Science podcast, host John Douillard, DC, CAP, discusses breathing. Dr. John breaks down why shallow breathing is harmful, why strengthening your diaphragm is crucial to overall health, and the how-to for many different breathing practices you can do at home.

What is Shallow Breathing? Why Is It Bad?

Shallow breathing refers to fast breaths coming from the upper chest. Most people nowadays breathe shallowly and have a weak diaphragm. This can lead to many issues.

When you shallow breathe, 75% of the oxygen you take in is breathed out without being used by the body, accompanied by carbon dioxide in excess. There has to be a balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your blood. When you shallow breathe, your oxygen levels increase and your carbon dioxide levels decrease. This is a perfect storm for anxiety and other health issues.

Long, slow breathing techniques such as Pratiloma give the body more time to bring in oxygen and use it efficiently, providing more time to build appropriate carbon dioxide levels.

See also How Does Pranayama Work? The Science of Breath Retention (Kumbhaka)

There is a breathing practice or pranayama for practically any issue. Please take a look at Dr. Douillard’s extensive list of in-depth articles on the science behind these breathing practices and instructional videos.

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Additional Resources Mentioned in Podcast

Ayurveda Meets Modern Science is hosted by Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP, founder of LifeSpa and author of seven health books (including bestselling Eat Wheat and The 3-Season Diet), seven online courses (including Yoga Journal courses Ayurveda 101 and 201), and numerous free eBooks.

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