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Of touching the grass a freezing your genitalsThere has been a lot of talk about how seemingly insignificant things can lead to life changing Benefits. Apparently one of these unrecognized practices is humming (get that?).
“When a person first hears that the simple act of humming has various benefits, it sounds too simple, almost ridiculous,” Brian Lay, a Hong Kong-based respiratory specialist, told VICE. “But when we take a look under the hood of the human body, we can begin to understand why it has been used for centuries and why science is finally starting to catch up.”
Of course, humming, or exhaling through your nose while creating a vibration that sounds like a bee buzzing in the back of your throat, is not a new practice. According to Philippines-based yoga professor Joshua David Webbit is part of the yogic tradition of pranayama, or the practice of regulating the breath.
Humming, in particular, is I call bhramari pranayama (“bhramari” is derived from the Sanskrit word for bee), and yogis have long used the practice to relax and unwind the nervous system. Like Webb said, it’s like taking your foot off the gas and telling your body that it’s okay, you’re not being chased by a cheetah right now.
It works, Lai explained, because humming causes turbulence in the nasal cavity, which increases the release of a powerful molecule known as nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator, which means it helps the blood flow more easily through the body.
“If there is better blood flow, you have reduced blood pressure, and because of that, it also relaxes the nervous system. When you relax your nervous system, your agitated mind calms down too,” he said. tabusalla faisala functional breathing instructor and movement coach also based in the Philippines.
Nitric oxide is also a bronchodilator, which means it makes breathing easier by relaxing the muscles of the lungs and widen the airways. It also has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties, making it crucial for the body’s immune response.
“There are other ways to increase nitric oxide in the body, such as diet and supplements, but humming is simple, fast and accessible to everyone,” Lai said. Regular nasal breathing also releases nitric oxide into the body, but one study (albeit from 2002), He showed that buzzing increases the release of the chemical up to 15 times. Another study (from 2003) He showed a 7-fold increase. You can not get nitric oxide as efficiently when breathe through the mouth, which many people do unconsciously.
Buzzer it affects many other bodily functions because stimulates the vagus nerve The vagus nerve is the main component of the parasympathetic nervous system. It’s transmit information to and from the brain to numerous organs in the body and thus affects things like sensory and motor functions, mood, digestion, and heart rate.
“Because the vagus nerve travels through the pharynx and larynx in the throat, humming creates a vibration that stimulates it and improves [function of the vagus nerve]” Lay said.
Humming can also help cleanse and detoxify the body by allowing more airflow into the lymphatic system (also known as sewer system), which is responsible for absorbent fatty acids in the stomach and helping the body defend against infections, among other important functions.
Lai said that for healthy people, there is almost no reason No a humming, unless it is distracting or a person has specific health problems that humming might trigger or exacerbate (in which case, you should first consult your doctor). Beyond that, the best thing about humming is that it doesn’t really require any special skills, most people can do it right now.
“You can just say the word ‘hum,’ and then you can prolong that buzz,” Tabusalla said.
That means inhaling through the nose, with the mouth closed, and exhaling through the nose while doing a sustained breath hmmm sound, feeling the vibration around the nose and lip area, until the pitch depletes naturally.
Tabusalla recommended repeating this for five to 10 minutes, two to four times a day. You can make this a mindfulness practice and dedicate the time exclusively to humming, or do it while doing other tasks.
He also reminded people to be gentle with their humming practice and not to forcefully push or pull the air. The important thing, she said, is feeling the physical vibration that the humming produces, not necessarily how strong or long that vibration is.
“You’ll know it’s working when you can calm down first,” Tabusalla said.
For some, humming being so simple and yet so beneficial may seem too good to be true, perhaps even too “woo-woo” to actually work. But Webb, the yoga teacher, encouraged people to see (or hum) for themselves. Personal experience of an individual’s practice is ultimately the only way to know if it really works or not.
Lai, the respiratory specialist, agreed. “We as a collective have also lost faith in the strength and power of the human body and its own innate natural abilities to heal itself,” Lai said, “Sometimes the answer to our problems is closer than we think, or literally right under our nose.”
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