Deep Breathing Is The Fastest Way To Calm You Down

Posted: Mar 31 2017, 11:06am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 31 2017, 11:10am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Deep Breathing is the Fastest Way to Calm You Down
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According to the latest research, deep breathing allows the body to fully relax via messages from the neurons.

Many mothers who hardly look like mothers have said that the secret to their glowing health and youthful looks is deep breathing. This age-old practice is one they swear by when they are undergoing relaxation at a yoga retreat.

Scientists have found that there is some strange magic to deep breathing. By breathing in and breathing out slowly and steadily one soothes and calms one’s brain.

Even mice in the lab showed that they were in a blissful mood when their breathing slowed down. While breathing exercises have been around for eons, and they are also advised for panic attack victims, it is not known through which mechanism they work.

The experts found the connections by sheer chance after they destroyed brain cells responsible for breathing by accident in mice. After a few days when they saw these rodents in the lab, the breathing rates were smooth and these animals seemed exceptionally sedate.

These mice, when introduced to a novel situation, instead of getting curious and exploring the environment, just lounged around and remained sedentary.

This was the same as a person having undergone a lengthy yoga session. Over 175 neurons were responsible for the breathing center in the brain which controlled the rodents’ actions, according to the Telegraph.

The neurons that had been destroyed by accident connected up with a center in the brain responsible for anxiety and distress. This center in the brain is apparently also the cause of waking up and alertness and pertness in the organism.

This study was conducted at a time when deep breathing has virtually become the new yoga of our times. The practice has many health benefits both physiological and psychological.

As the person takes deep breaths, he or she descends into a calmer and more relaxed state. His or her blood pressure is lowered and thinking is quickened.

Finally, the looks and visage appear years younger within a few weeks to months of these breathing sessions. It is said that the opposite of this, that is fast and shallow breathing, sends the body into fight or flight mode.

This provokes a heightened stress response and anxiety. Yet controlled, slow and steady breathing like the kind used in pranayama leads to a meditative state of calmness and composure. The area in the brain connected to deep breathing also deals with other activities such as sighing, yawning and gasping.

The findings of this research were published in the journal Science.

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