"TRY THIS Technique For 7 Days To IMPROVE YOUR BREATHING!" | James Nestor

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is about the importance of proper breathing and how our modern lifestyle has led to anatomical changes that make it difficult for us to breathe properly, leading to various health issues.

The video features an interview with James Nestor, author of the book "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art." Nestor discusses how humans are anatomically predisposed to breathing improperly due to the evolution of our faces and mouths, which have grown flat and small, leading to respiratory issues such as sleep apnea and snoring. He also explains how industrialized foods and lack of chewing have contributed to this evolution and the importance of breathing properly through the nose. Nestor highlights the impact of poor breathing on various health issues such as metabolic problems, anxiety, hypertension, and asthma. He emphasizes the need to change our breathing habits to improve our overall health.

  • Modern lifestyle has led to anatomical changes that make it difficult for us to breathe properly.
  • Poor breathing can cause health issues, while healthy breathing can help abate symptoms or cure chronic problems.
  • Nasal breathing filters, humidifies, and warms the air we breathe, making it easier for our lungs to absorb oxygen.
  • The Buteyko Breathing Method is a breathing technique that focuses on reducing the volume of air we breathe.
  • Free divers have mastered the art of breathing through the power of will.
  • The author approaches breathing with healthy skepticism and learns as much as he can about breathing.
  • Proper breathing can improve overall health and well-being, athletic performance and endurance, and mental clarity and focus.
  • Psychological and mental factors play a bigger role in breath holding than physical factors.
  • Competing in extreme sports can be dangerous and should be approached with caution.

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Anatomical Changes and Breathing

  • Our faces have grown flat and our mouths have grown small, leading to less room in our airways to breathe properly.
  • This is the main reason why so many of us have sleep apnea, snore, and have other respiratory issues.
  • Industrialized foods and lack of chewing are the root cause of this anatomical change.
  • Without masticatory stress, we don't develop proper bone structure and musculature, and our mouth tends to grow smaller.
  • This leads to crooked teeth and an upper palate that goes up and punctures into the sinus cavities, making it harder to breathe through the nose.
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Implications of Improper Breathing

  • Metabolic problems, diabetes, anxiety issues, hypertension, gut problems, GERD, anxiety panic, and asthma are all related to the ways in which we breathe.
  • Improper breathing has been a contributor to poor breathing, especially in sleep apnea, which can cause metabolic problems like diabetes.
  • Breathing is the anchor to all of the different systems in the body, especially inflammation.
  • If we're doing it improperly 25,000 times a day, our body will compensate, but we won't stay healthy.
  • Science is now showing that even though we've known it for 50 years, sleep apnea and snoring have a downstream effect on our health.
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The Benefits of Nasal Breathing

  • Nasal breathing filters, humidifies, and warms the air we breathe, making it easier for our lungs to absorb oxygen.
  • Nasal breathing also helps to regulate our heart rate, blood pressure, and circulation.
  • Nasal breathing can improve our sleep quality, reduce snoring, and alleviate sleep apnea.
  • Nasal breathing can also improve our athletic performance and endurance.
  • Nasal breathing can reduce stress and anxiety and improve our overall mental health.
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The Buteyko Breathing Method

  • The Buteyko Breathing Method is a breathing technique that focuses on reducing the volume of air we breathe.
  • By reducing our breathing volume, we can increase our carbon dioxide levels, which helps to dilate our blood vessels and improve oxygen delivery to our cells.
  • The Buteyko Breathing Method can help to alleviate asthma, allergies, anxiety, and sleep apnea.
  • The Buteyko Breathing Method involves nasal breathing, breath holds, and relaxation techniques.
  • The Buteyko Breathing Method can be practiced for 15-20 minutes a day and can have significant benefits for our overall health and well-being.
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The Importance of Learning About Breathing

  • Modern lifestyle has led to anatomical changes that make it difficult for us to breathe properly.
  • Poor breathing can cause health issues.
  • Healthy breathing can help abate symptoms or cure chronic problems.
  • There is a burgeoning area of research supporting claims about the benefits of healthy breathing.
  • Many people who talk about breathing culture don't bother to explain how it affects us all.
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The Power of Will and Potential of the Human Body

  • Free divers have mastered the art of breathing through the power of will.
  • They can hold their breath for six to eight minutes and dive the depths of 300 to 400 feet with just two lung fulls of air.
  • Archaeological evidence shows that people have been free diving for at least 10,000 years.
  • Free diving is part of what has made us the species we are now.
  • Learning about free diving led the author to look into the terrestrial plane and explore the potential of the human body.
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The Skepticism and Challenges of Learning About Breathing

  • The author approaches breathing with healthy skepticism.
  • He separates the wheat from the chaff and learns as much as he can about breathing.
  • There has not been much science in some of these fringe areas.
  • It can be hard to know who to believe when experts are calling each other out.
  • The author's job as a reporter is to go out into the field, talk to experts, look at the science, and come back with the story.
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The Malleability of Adult Life and the Potential for Change

  • The author gets excited about the malleability of adult life.
  • Free divers and the author's personal experience show that it's never too late to make changes.
  • Learning about breathing led the author to explore the potential for change in other areas of the human body.
  • It's important to listen to your body and not your watch when it comes to breath-holding and diving.
  • Body changes every day depending on what you eat and how you slept.
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The Importance of Proper Breathing

  • Modern lifestyle has led to anatomical changes that make it difficult for us to breathe properly.
  • Improper breathing can lead to various health issues.
  • Proper breathing can improve overall health and well-being.
  • Proper breathing can improve athletic performance and endurance.
  • Proper breathing can improve mental clarity and focus.
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The Psychological Aspect of Breath Holding

  • Learning how to deal with CO2 and the panic it creates is key to breath holding.
  • The need to breathe is not dictated by a lack of oxygen, but rather an increase of CO2.
  • Understanding what's happening in your body is important for breath holding.
  • It's mostly tolerating the increase of CO2 rather than increasing lung capacity.
  • Psychological and mental factors play a bigger role in breath holding than physical factors.
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The World of Free Diving

  • Free diving has different disciplines, including static breath hold and depth diving.
  • The world record for static breath holding with oxygen is 21 minutes.
  • The world record for depth diving is 830 feet.
  • Competitive free diving can be dangerous and has led to serious health issues for some athletes.
  • The meditative and yoga side of free diving may have better benefits than the competitive side.
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The Dangers of Focusing Too Narrowly

  • The western mind's focus on one narrow thing can lead to serious health issues.
  • Gifted with an incredible body, we should strive to do incredible things, but not at the cost of our health.
  • Competing in extreme sports can be dangerous and should be approached with caution.
  • It's important to focus on the larger picture and not get too caught up in one narrow aspect of a sport or activity.
  • Eastern and western approaches to sports and activities may have different perspectives on the importance of overall health and well-being.
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Eastern vs Western Approach to Breathing

  • Japanese ama women divers have been diving deep in the ocean for 1500-2000 years as a spiritual practice and to gather food.
  • They believe in taking only what they can carry out of the ocean to maintain harmony with the earth.
  • They are physically and mentally fit, and appreciate their place within the ocean.
  • The Western approach disregards feelings inside the body, position, place, and appreciation with the ocean, and focuses on getting the medal at the end.
  • There is a way of bridging the Western and Eastern approaches to breathing.
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Benefits of Breathing Less

  • The book suggests that breathing less is important.
  • The inhalation is not as important as the exhalation and the hold.
  • Managing CO2 is crucial, and it is not just a byproduct.
  • Breath holding and breathing come down to flexibility.
  • Populations with panic and asthma are traditionally asked to hold their breath.
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Japanese Ama Women Divers

  • The women wear ripped-up old scuba wetsuits, circular masks, and boogie board fins.
  • They dive to depths of 100-120 feet.
  • They focus on how the dive feels, what food they can take from the ocean, and how nurturing it is.
  • Their appreciation for the ocean and their place within it resonated with the speaker.
  • Being able to hold their breath for extended periods of time and swimming may contribute to their fitness.
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Importance of Understanding and Appreciating Limits

  • Pushing limits is what people do, but understanding and appreciating limits is also important.
  • The ocean will always win if challenged, so being humble within the ocean is crucial.
  • Appreciating oneself and one's place on this planet is a better game plan for a long life.
  • The Western approach of kicking the ocean's ass and going as hard as possible is not the best approach.
  • The speaker was more attracted to the story and culture of the Eastern approach.
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The Importance of Breath Holding

  • Doctors have used breath holding as a diagnostic tool for a long time.
  • Bill Bradley, a former senator, uses breath holding every morning to gauge his health.
  • Breath holding has been a part of breathing practices for thousands of years.
  • It is a good general gauge of health.
  • Our threshold for CO2 is low if we are not flexible.
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The Benefits of Breathing Through the Nose

  • The nose and sinus passages take up about the volume of a billiard ball.
  • The nose is an incredibly complex organ that filters out pathogens and other particles.
  • Breathing through the nose moistens, heats, filters, pressurizes, and conditions the air.
  • Breathing through the nose increases oxygenation by about 20% with each breath.
  • Breathing through the nose increases the production of nitric oxide, which helps with gas exchange and vasodilation.
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The Connection Between the Nose and Genitals

  • The nose is more closely connected to the genitals than any other organ.
  • Both the nose and genitals use erectile tissue that engorges with blood.
  • Each nostril has a coating of erectile tissue that can become more engorged with blood throughout the day.
  • Breathing through the right nostril increases body heat, heart rate, and circulation, which is associated with a stimulating effect and activates the left side of the brain.
  • Breathing through the left nostril has a calming effect and is associated with creative functions.
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Automatic Nostril Dominance

  • One nostril will become more engorged with blood and gently plug up after about 30 minutes to three or four hours.
  • The other nostril will switch dominance after a period of time.
  • Breathing through the right nostril is associated with a stimulating effect and activates the left side of the brain.
  • Breathing through the left nostril has a calming effect and is associated with creative functions.
  • Our bodies do this automatically throughout the day.
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The Importance of Nasal Breathing

  • Breathing through the nose has many benefits, including filtering and humidifying the air we breathe.
  • 25 to 50% of people do not breathe through their noses, which can lead to stress and health issues.
  • Our noses are designed to close on one side and open on the other, which is important for proper breathing.
  • There is still much we do not understand about the human body, and the importance of nasal breathing is just one example.
  • There may be other benefits to nasal breathing that we have yet to discover.
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