Oxygen can be considered the number one metabolic substance known to human kind.
You could exist for up to four weeks without food, four days without water, but you only have a few minutes to live if you don’t have any oxygen.
Think back to what you learned in junior high school biology: food plus oxygen equals calorie burn.
This is a simple metabolic equation that describes in the most fundamental way, how at the cellular level, food is burned in the body like wood in a fireplace.
Whenever we have a combustion process, whether it’s food in your digestive tract or gasoline in your car, we need an agent that catalyzes combustion.
The gas in your car is mixed with oxygen, and the food in your body is also mixed with oxygen.
Simply put, more oxygen equals more metabolism. Less oxygen equals less metabolism.
This is what most of exercise science is essentially based upon.
A lot of us forget to breathe deeply, or we breathe very shallow, and this can actually impact alertness, mood, energy level, and in this case – digestive capacity.
Try this experiment – take 5 to 10 long slow deep breaths before each meal or snack for the next several weeks, and notice if there are any changes in your digestion.
You’ll likely notice a difference in your digestive force, and you might also notice a difference in natural appetite regulation and in your satisfaction with meals.
Plus, when it comes to digestive aids, even though oxygen is the most powerful of all substances in this regards – it happens to be free of charge.
So the bottom line is this: breathe fully and generously and you’ll reap all kinds of metabolic benefits.

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.