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June 2021

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

Breath by James Nestor book cover

There is no shortage of books on exercise, diet, and sleeping, but what about the one activity (that we all take for granted) most foundational to our physical and mental well-being? The subject of breathing certainly has an unfortunate resonance with events in our world right now. However, journalist James Nestor sets out to explain why 90% of us breathe incorrectly and how this leads to so many modern maladies - asthma, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, psoriasis, and more. Nestor travels throughout the globe and history in this somewhat scattershot survey of how best to inhale and exhale. A key focus is on how switching from breathing through the nose, rather than the mouth, leads to huge reductions in stress, anxiety attacks, blood pressure and even bad breath.

HIGHLIGHT(S): In a book packed with ideas, it can be hard to tease out the single best technique, but here is the perfect breath: in for about 5.5 seconds, then out for 5.5 seconds, all through the nose.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Breath-New-Science-Lost-Art/dp/0735213615/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=breath&qid=1592849781&sr=8-1

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