One Word Wednesday – Breathe

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Two times in the past two days I’ve instructed my students to “just breathe.”  Don’t you find a nice deep cleansing breath does a body good?!  When we get all wound up with the details of life, just breathe.  When you are anxious about “not knowing” what or how to take the next step, just breathe.

Go ahead…take a few deep breaths right now…Here are some benefits you will experience.

#1 – Your muscles relax. You’ll find it’s difficult to maintain a lot of physical tension when you are breathing properly.

#2 – Oxygen delivery improves. When you breath deeply and you are relaxed, fresh oxygen pours into every cell in the body. This increases the functionality of every system in the body. You will also notice improved mental concentration and physical stamina.

# 3 – Your blood pressure lowers. As your muscles let go of tension, your blood vessels dilate and your blood pressure can return to a normal level.

#4 – Endorphins are released. Deep breathing triggers the release of endorphins, which improves feelings of well-being and provides pain-relief.

#5 – Detoxification improves. Good breathing habits help the lymphatic system function properly, which encourages the release of harmful toxins. This cleanses the body and allows it to direct its energy to more productive functions.

(found on http://www.livingthenourishedlife.com/)

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