Eating for Energy: Breathe


Remember, the number one thing a cell needs to live and thrive is oxygen. We need it just to survive, and get in pretty deep trouble very quickly without it.

Before we get to the details of our cleanse, let’s talk air. In order to do so effectively, I need you on board and ready to breath. This can be done literally anywhere – and should be done everywhere. Are you ready? Ok.

Put Some Oxygen in Your Lungs

Sit up in a power posture. Shoulders back.

Put a smile on your face and lighten your eyes.

Now, put your hand on your stomach and breathe in deeply through your nose, using your diaphragm (your stomach should go out as you breathe in, your shoulders should not go up) for 5 seconds.

Hold your breath like that for 20.

Then release your breath for 10 seconds.

Throughout the day, put yourself in that posture and do this exercise every 2-3 hours.

Remember to Breath

Since starting this cleanse, I have challenged myself to catch myself when I am not breathing or breathing shallow. When I slouch, think hard, or am just going about my day, I often find that I breathe very shallow or hold my breathe.

Those days are over! I am breaking that habit. Are you? Please share how you feel if you try this exercise or find that you feel better by breathing more deeply.

Considering oxygen is our primary need, it is appropriate to get our breathing in order before tackling how we eat.


[iconbox title=”How to Cleanse” icon=”Speech_Bubbles.png”]Click here to read about our cleanse on the VIP Food Group (a project by Transfer of Health).[/iconbox]


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