The Miracle Molecule of Nitric Oxide
Did you know that every time you inhale through your nose your body creates an amazing chemical reaction that boosts your immune system, reduces inflammation, improves blood flow to all the organs, allows for smooth muscle relaxation, and more!?! This miracle molecule created by inhaling through your nose is called Nitric Oxide (or NO). Nobel Prize laureate, Louis J. Ignarro, PhD, has demonstrated that “Enzymes have been found in the nose and in the paranasal sinuses that produce Nitric Oxide.” You can increase the production of Nitric Oxide by eating foods containing high levels of it, like arugula, celery and lettuce. Exercising and simply breathing through your nose also increases NO production. Dr. Ignarro continues by saying “Breathing through your nose is one of the most beneficial things you can do for the overall health of your body and for your longevity…[and] is the safest way to breathe to avoid coronavirus.” Because nearly 80% of the population are breathing inefficiently thru their mouth, nasal breathing can restore wellness for the vast majority of people!
Say Yes to NO with the Humming Breath
The humming breath has been shown to increases NO production up to 15 times more than normal breathing. And humming has been shown to reduces stress, and induce calmness. All you have to do is inhale through your nose and as you exhale, keep your mouth closed and resonate a vibratory “hummmmmmm” sound. Hum the entire length of your exhalation. Practice for at least 2 minutes or until you feel a shift in your mind and body.
Daily we posses the power to instantly impact our thoughts, breath and movements. We also have the power to transform the quality of our lives with a consistent practice of self care. Self care includes a wide range of practices that include movement, conscious breathing, meditation, journaling, exercise, nourishing foods, kind touch, family time, creating, daydreaming, connections with friends, prayer, napping and so much more! Discovering and choosing to invest in a practice that works for you is one way to create certainty in uncertain times. “Action is the antidote to anxiety”. Refuse to be a victim of circumstance and activate your essence. Radiate your wholeness and resourcefulness so we may all benefit from you being you!