387: James Nestor on The Science of Breathing


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James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Outside Magazine, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and many more. Eric and James discuss his NY Times bestseller book, “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art”

In this episode, Eric and James Nestor discuss the science of breathing, the importance of nasal breathing as opposed to mouth breathing, and the tremendous health benefits of breathing well.

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In This Interview, James Nestor and I Discuss the Science of Breathing and…

  • His book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
  • How breath is the missing pillar of good health
  • His experience of participating in a study where he did only mouth breathing for 10 days
  • The detrimental effects of mouth breathing such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea and snoring
  • Understanding that the nose is the first line of defense for our bodies
  • His experience of only nasal breathing and how the negative effects of mouth breathing were immediately reversed
  • The best breathing is gentle breath in for 5-6 seconds and gentle breath out for 5-6 seconds
  • Good breathing increases the connections between the different areas of the brain
  • Breathing slower and exhaling longer can help with anxiety or panic attacks
  • How lung capacity can improve with healthier breathing habits
  • How we get more energy from the air than good nutrition
  • The different breathing methods and techniques are like interval training for your lungs
  • Breathing well is vital to good health and longevity and is as important as eating well and exercise

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