General Health Rhythm of Your Breath Affects Memory and Emotional Judgment

General Health 

 Rhythm of Your Breath Affects Memory and Emotional Judgments. 

With the holidays just around the corner, and the dizzying number of events on your calendar, you’ll need all you can gather by way of helpful tools. This one, just breathing in through your nose, improves memory (to get all those last minute gifts for all those on your list) and brings an increased tendency to read clearly the emotions of others and make the right choice in response.

It’s as simple as closing your mouth and opening your nostrils. Research now shows if you breathe in through your nose, you improve your ability to distinguish emotional reactions in others. Breathe in and you give your memory a large boost. Breathe in and breathe out to improve your memory, but remember: no mouth breathing!

 The study found that individuals who breathed in and out through their nostrils showed significant increase in electrical brain activity in areas associated with emotional judgment and memory. This means that your chosen lifestyle of meditation and yoga brings even more benefits: increased memory and enhanced emotional awareness.

What this means in daily life is the more you practice your ability to stay grounded in the moment, when you find yourself in a tricky emotional corner, you’ll  be more likely to breathe in consciously, lighting up the parts of your brain that recognize emotions in others. This gives you the split second needed to make a good choice in how to respond.

In every article consulted, including this one researchers cite the production of Nitric Oxide, generated in our sinuses as well as other areas,  as a powerful aid in fighting viruses, parasitic organisms, and malignant cells in the airways and lungs by inactivating their respiratory chain enzymes. More benefits ring through the article but for now, keep in mind: the benefits of breathing gently, slowly and with conscious awareness accrue to those who practice nasal breathing! 

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