Breath

Did you know we’ve started evolving backwards? 

Yeah, turns out our brain is too big and everything else in our head gets squish-squashed: our throat and sinuses and nasal pathways, all that jazz. 

It kind of sucks. But not very well, so we’ve started mouth-breathing a lot more. Big mistake. Use your nose!

“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.”

Another fascinating book I failed to finish, this time further along in part 2 after zipping through a solid 80+ pages in a rapturous sitting.

When reading, I was constantly trying to balance the hilariously nasty Amazon reviews (“incoherent…much BS…everything you never wanted to learn about breathing”) and my friend Reiman’s bonafide endorsement (“I live by this book, it changed my life”). I started with the latter and persisted as long as I could before I ended up resonating with the former. 

Just know that you’re getting into one of those story + science mashups, like Quiet on the introvert / extrovert spectrum or Why We Sleep on the power of that mysterious thing we do every day.

I’d definitely recommend those books first. Sleep is truly great, and even though I wasn’t super impressed with the idea organization of Quiet, the book lends itself to a beautifully meandering introspective read.

In comparison, Breath is a slight notch down in writing quality, a tad more fanatical, and sparse on the mind-blowing insights due to its slightly repetitive focus.

The book will be relevant and potentially revelatory if you have asthma, sleep apnea, or any kind of nose / jaw / throat condition. Apparently, almost all of us do.

And even if you don’t, you can still be engaged learning more about breathing. Through this book, I certainly have grown much more appreciative and mindful of my sun-tanned beak.

Note to self. “Breath” = breth, noun. “Breathe” = breeeth, verb.


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