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Before Eating Breathing Process

By November 23, 2011April 15th, 2024Mind Body Tools

This breathing process done before each meal relaxes your nervous system, turns on your digestion and boosts your metabolism.

 Breathing releases stress.

Taking a minute to do a simple breathing process before you eat will boost your metabolism and increase your ability to digest your food.

The studies have shown when you are stressed your digestion is off because your body is in fight or flight mode.  When you are relaxed your in the rest and digest mode where health and healing occur naturally.

This simple breathing process boosts your metabolism. You breathe in more oxygen and burn food more fully, your digestion is awake.  When you breathe more you burn more calories.

A few seconds of deep breathing before eating transforms your brain chemistry and creates a deep sense of calm and well being. Notice what happens to your appetite and your relationship to the food you eat as you practice this simple act of awareness.

  • Sit comfortably with your feet on the floor; relax your face and your jaw. Close your eyes and mouth.
  • Breathe in slowly through your nose to a count of 5 ( 1-2-3-4-5) filling your lungs 3⁄4 full & pushing out your belly
  • Hold to the count of 5
  • Breathe out to the count of 8 (1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8) pulling your belly back toward your spine.
  • Repeat 5-10 times 
The reason we breathe in only ¾ you ensure your blood pressure does not go up.  We hold the breath to signal a message for blood vessels to dilate which reduces the blood pressure and the stress response. This type of breathing increases endorphins relaxing the body turning on your digestion. Give it a try!



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