Have You Tried Box Breathing?

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  • Box breathing is a form of breath control that triggers the parasympathetic nervous system to help manage stress and improve relaxation so you can take control of your health
  • This technique, also called square breathing or four-square breathing, is used by Navy SEALS to help reduce stress in high-pressure situations
  • It involves nose breathing to slow over-breathing and raise CO2 levels to balance oxygenation. Use a simple technique to measure your CO2 tolerance, a predictor of physical health
  • Nose breathing raises production of nitric oxide, which offers antiviral benefits. Consider the four-minute Nitric Oxide Dump to promote blood flow and normalize blood pressure

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