Or rather WHY we breathe. Many of you may think you know the answer to the question of why we breathe, but let me talk a little about why it is we really breathe. You are probably thinking, come on Dutch, we all know you breathe to get oxygen into the body. You tell me that and I will tell you are wrong.
What really causes us to breathe is the LACK of oxygen in our body. We breathe because there is too much carbon dioxide (CO2) in our cells which signals our body to exhale and try to get that CO2 out of the body. We don’t breathe to get oxygen, we breathe to get CO2 out. Sound like it makes a little sense?
So next time you are gasping for breath, think about getting all the CO2 out of your body by long exhales instead of gulping at the air like its going to make you feel better. Slow your breathing and extend the exhale and i guarantee you will get your breathing under control quicker than if you are taking short gulping breathes.
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