Ben Greenfield Fitness

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Biohack Your Breath With Nose "Boners", Carbon Dioxide Inhalation, Tibetan Longevity Stretches & Much More: How To Unlock The New Science Of A Lost Art.           I first interviewed today's guest, immersive journalist James Nestor, about "freediving" in the episode: It was such an exciting and intriguing show that afterwards, I wound up traveling all the way to Ft. Lauderdale to take a freediving course, which absolutely changed my life (you can learn more about that in my episode with Ted Harty: ).           Today James is back to talk about something we all do 25,000 times a day, yet most of us do it incorrectly or haven't even begun to tap into its lost art. That's right. I'm talking about your breath.           In his new book "", James travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe.           Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is.           Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, James turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again after hearing this podcast.         During our discussion, you'll discover:           -The breath work protocol James uses to begin his day...7:41         -Why James views breath as the "missing pillar" of health...9:55         -What James views as the "dis-evolution" of breathing...14:15         -The truly awful effects of mouth breathing...18:38         -The unusual connection between the clitoris and the nose...24:11         -How the left and right nostril activate the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems...27:44         -Healthy breathing practices of Native American and indigenous S. American populations...30:50         -Changes James made in his lifestyle after writing his book...37:06           -What other cultures and religions can teach us regarding the ideal pace of breathing...47:08           -Tibetan "rites" that help expand the lungs and diaphragm...56:47         -The Tummo method of breathing...1:06:30           -How to biohack your breath work...1:09:55           Episode sponsors: Kion Flex, Butcher Box, Thrive Market, Comrade Socks


 2020-06-06  1h21m