SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY BOOK PRIZE
'Who would have thought something as simple as changing the way we breathe could be so revolutionary for our health, from snoring to allergies to immunity? A fascinating book, full of dazzling revelations' Dr Rangan Chatterjee
There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. In Breath, journalist James Nestor travels the world to discover the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it.
Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can:
- jump-start athletic performance
- rejuvenate internal organs
- halt snoring, allergies, asthma and autoimmune disease, and even straighten scoliotic spines
None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of ancient wisdom and cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head.
You will never breathe the same again.
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- Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd
- Seitenzahl: 304
- Erscheinungstermin: 21. Mai 2020
- ISBN-13: 9780241289099
- Artikelnr.: 57872150
Breath is an utterly fascinating journey into the ways we are wired. No matter who you are, you ll want to read this. Po Bronson, New York Times bestselling author of What Should I Do with My Life? and coauthor of NutureShock
An eye-opening, epic journey of human devolution that explains why so many of us are sick and tired. A must-read book that exposes what our health care system doesn t see. Dr. Steven Y. Park, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, author of Sleep, Interrupted
I don t say this often, but when I do I mean it: This book changed my life. Breath is part scientific quest, part historical insight, part Hero s Journey, full of groundbreaking ideas, and a rollicking good read. I had no idea that the simple and intuitive act of inhaling and exhaling has taken such an evolutionary hit. As a result, I figured out why I sleep so badly and why my breathing feels so often out of sync. With a few simple tweaks, I fixed my breathing and fixed myself. A transformational book! Caroline Paul, bestselling author of The Gutsy Girl
If you breathe, you need this book. When we undervalue anything, including something so basic as breathing, bad things always happen and Nestor makes it clear how awful it s gotten. But he also provides a clear airway back to better, deeper, stronger respirations. Wallace J. Nichols, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Blue Mind
Breath shows us just how extraordinary the act of breathing is and why so much depends on how we do it. An enthralling, surprising, and often funny adventure into our most overlooked and undervalued function. Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim and American Chinatown
"A welcome, invigorating user s manual for the respiratory system." Kirkus Reviews
Although we all breathe, there is an art and science to breathing correctly . . . Full of fascinating information an compelling arguments, this eye-opening (or more aptly a mouth-closing and nostril-opening) work is highly recommended. Library Journal