Hello there beautiful people, I hope you’re having an amazing week! This one here is all about a recent breakthrough with regard to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Both are considered part of the autonomic nervous system with parasympathetic being responsible for rest and recovery functions and sympathetic being responsible for fight and flight functions. It was recently shown a group of 12 volunteers were able to suppress the immune response caused by the injection of the outer wall of E. Coli bacteria. This means they influenced the autonomic nervous system voluntarily!
“Hitherto, both the autonomic nervous system and innate immune system were regarded as systems that cannot be voluntarily influenced. The present study demonstrates that, through practicing techniques learned in a short-term training program, the sympathetic nervous system and immune system can indeed be voluntarily influenced.” (Short Term Training means the Breathing Exercises!)
-“Voluntary activation of the sympathetic nervous system and attenuation of the innate immune response in humans” www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4034215 (full article here)
Okay so now that we got that out of the way consider your desired results from exercising. You will be activating the sympathetic nervous system during your workouts and using the parasympathetic nervous system to recover from your workouts. Gaining the ability to voluntarily influence your own autonomic nervous system will mean that you can, in a controlled way, give your body the proper amount of stress to adapt to and then tone down the sympathetic nervous system, and allow the parasympathetic nervous system to produce the hormones needed to recover from your training. This will make your training much more effective!
In addition to that, the opportunity is now there to mitigate the immune response aka inflammation. Chronic inflammation is the cause of almost all major ailments currently affecting our culture including heart disease. With these breathing exercises the opportunity is there for us to take our health back into our own hands, make our training vastly more effective and discover a potential within ourselves we may have never imagined!
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