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How can we know that we are really alive? Is breathing an enough indication of life? In this episode, we have James Nestor, a science journalist who has written about the science of breathing. We will discuss why we should learn how to breathe properly because, apparently, it has many benefits that can improve our health.

Let’s now jump into the episode and learn how to breathe better.

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[00:01 – 05:47] Opening Segment

  • We welcome our guest for today, James Nestor
  • James shares his background
    • His interest on the science of breathing
    • Lessons from divers

[05:48 – 11:44] Evolution is Not Progress

  • James talks about breathing in western and eastern contexts
    • Breathing is identified with spirituality and biology
  • He talks about sleep apnea
  • He shares his thoughts about snoring
  • James tells us why evolution is change, not progress
    • Staying alive is not being healthy necessarily

[11:45 – 26:43] Mouth Breathing is Not Good

  • James tells us why we have gotten worse than our ancestors
  • He talks about the amazing biology of breathing
  • He shares the results of his breathing experiment
    • Nasal breathing vs. mouth breathing

[26:44 – 39:38] How to Breathe Better

  • Breathing with a mask is actually beneficial
    • Listen to James to find out why
  • James shares some practical tips to improve our breathing

[39:39 – 46:11] Closing Segment

  • James talks about a sign of a healthy body you’d want to note!
  • Connect with James. See links below
  • James tells us why it is still an amazing world
  • Final words and announcements

Tweetable Quotes:

“In a single breath of air … there are more molecules in that breath of air than there are all the sand grains on all the world’s beaches.” – James Nestor

“As a journalist, if I’m gonna write about [breathing], I need to understand it and I want to really feel it.” – James Nestor

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Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV