Breathing Correctly Is Key To Healthy Living

It’s among the most important physical functions our bodies perform.

We do it about 20,000 times a day. And still, somehow, most of us get it wrong.

“If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be to learn to breathe correctly,” says Andrew Weil, MD, a well-known pioneer in the field of integrative medicine.

Chinese and yogic traditions have long extolled the importance of chi or prana—the life forces associated with breath—and science is finally catching up. “Medicine is just recognizing the importance of energy to health,” says Richard P. Brown, MD, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University. ” And our most critical source of energy is oxygen.”

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