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Breath - James Nestor

Breath

By James Nestor

  • Release Date: 2020-05-26
  • Genre: Life Sciences
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 259 Ratings

Description

A New York Times Bestseller

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020

Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR
 
“A fascinating scientific, cultural, spiritual and evolutionary history of the way humans breathe—and how we’ve all been doing it wrong for a long, long time.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat Pray Love

No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly.


There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat twenty-five thousand times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences.

Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe.

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, 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 medical texts and recent 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.

Reviews

  • A Must Read

    5
    By FrankenRead
    Should be taught in school.
  • Amazing!!

    5
    By LexLexLove
    I loved this book and being able to tap into so much wisdom within a few hundred pages. Every cell in my body says thank you!
  • Fascinating and Practical

    4
    By Jjohnson987
    Rich and informative, this book dives into a topic so commonplace that we would never imagine the need for a deep investigation. It turns out that breathing is not as simple as we might expect in our distraction filled lives, and that it deserves every bit of attention to detail that Nestor gives. The book begins with a self discovery the audience can relate with to a full fledged investigation that includes anthropological, historic, and modern day studies.
  • Good - worth the time

    3
    By LizSweetwater
    A good story teller I think he needs an editor tho...a couple biological/chem errors.
  • Must read.

    5
    By MarkWhiteLotus
    5 stars. Must read. Buy it for yourself and give a gift to all your family and friends. Might save your life.

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