Did you know Breathing - that involuntary and voluntary action we do daily for survival is in it's own right is considered a form of exercise?
Did you know that breathing can also alter your metabolism?
The amount of oxygen we inhale affects the number of calories we use! If you breathe in and out through your nose you can increase your oxygen uptake and use more calories which can benefit with weight management!
If you breathe in through your right nostril you are increasing glucose levels hence when you feel that drop in energy of an afternoon breathe through your right nostril and when you are stressed you want to be reducing those cortisol levels by reducing glucose levels through your left nostril!
The alterations in nostril breathing is referred to a practice called "Pranayama" its a part of the ancient Indian science of Yoga, which takes us to another - Did you know breathing can also regulate body temperature? In particular it greatly benefits people with thyroid dysfunction and people with hormonal imbalances.
When we breathe in through our right nostril for energy its referred to as Surya Anuloma Viloma Pranayama which means heat generating breathing so energy = heat (an easier way to remember) and our left nostril breathing is referred to as Chandra Anuloma Viloma Pranayama which means the opposite to right nostril breathing - heat dissipating or cooling; cooling = relaxing.
Start to take care of your health through your breathing!! Here is a introductory youtube clip to give you a visual idea and to practice Pranayama. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvdiMjSgItg&nohtml5=False
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