Take a Deep Breath: 4 Reasons Why You Should Practice Deep Breathing

Feeling angry, stressed, full of anxiety? Deep breathing can help. Breathing is one of the most important functions of the body and oxygen is the most important -by a long shot, for staying alive.  

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I never even thought about breathing intentionally until I started participating in yoga and learned there to connect with my breath and to take the time to breath properly.  I was (am still am) amazed at how much better I felt after just taking a few minutes to breath.  When I breath deeply I feel much more clarity, and overall better emotionally.   

Still not sold? 

Here are 4 HUGE benefits of deep breathing: 

1. Breathing detoxifies and releases toxins. Your body is design to release about 70% of toxins through breathing so if you are not breathing effectively your body is having to work overtime in other areas to eliminate toxins which can lead to illness. Also oxygenating the blood helps red blood cells that help your body metabolize vitamins and nutrients

2. Deep breathing reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and brings clarity.  Oxygenation in the blood vessels allows your muscles to relax and your mind to lessen anxiety. 

3. Deep breathing reduces pain. When you practice deep breathing, your body releases endorphins which make you feel good and are natural painkillers created by our own bodies. 

4. Helps with weight control.  Oxygen helps the body to burn fat more efficiently, if you are underweight it helps to nourish the starving tissues and glands. 

"So, how do I breathe properly to get all of these benefits?" 

I am so glad you asked! 

Deep breathing

Step 1: Exhale until there is no more air left in your lungs.

Step 2: Inhale slowly through the nose as you count to 4.

Step 3: Hold and count to 5.

Step 4: Exhale fully from slighty parted mouth as you count to 5. 

Repeat for 10 breaths twice a day to start.  Build up to two 10 minute sessions twice a day for optimal results. 

Go on...Take a deep breath and soak in all that precious oxygen! 

I put butter in my coffee - Here's Why

"Say WHAT?"  You put butter in your coffee?" Yes.  You read that right.  Some call it a health trend.  I call it amazing!  

Late last year my husband heard about Bulletproof Coffee and decided to give it a try.  I just thought he was drinking some kind of fru - fru coffee cause it tasted good or something.  He wasn't a coffee drinker so I was a little confused about his sudden coffee craze.  Well I started asking about it and turns out it is a magical drink. Ok, not really but it is pretty cool. 

We ordered the Bulletproof Diet book (which is a modified version of Paleo eating) where the breakfast course is a cup of bulletproof coffee with 2 TBSP of grass fed butter and a bit of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil mixed in.  Now this Starbucks loving - dessert coffee girl was convinced this would be terrible.  BUT I did like the idea of improved cognitive function, hormonal support, creating fat loss and controlling cravings...so I decided I would give it a try. 

Truth: It does not taste half bad and after 2 months I can tell a difference in mental clarity, cravings and I have lost 14 pounds without trying too hard. SOLD.  I mean lets be honest, if I had to drink something that was nasty for those benefits I could make it happen but it's an added benefit that it tastes good too! I used to be ready for lunch at 11 every day and I struggled with cravings ALL DAY, EVERY DAY.  That's just not true now and I regularly find myself forgetting to eat until 1 or 2 because I am so satisfied from my Bulletproof Coffee breakfast. 

If you want to learn more about Bulletproof Coffee or order some for yourself (no, this doesn't benefit me at all - other than hearing how much you love it!) - Click here

Here is how I make my coffee: 

  • Brew one Bulletproof Coffee pod in our Keurig (I keep it super simple and order the pods so I don't have to take the extra time to french press coffee in the morning) with 8oz water.
  • Add 2 tbsp Grass Fed Butter 
  • Add 1 TBSP MCT Oil
  • Blend for 30 seconds with Hand Mixer
  • ENJOY and feel awesome!

Do you put butter in your coffee or are you going to try it? I would love to hear from you. 

Much love friends!  - Vicky