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How do I practice deep breathing?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Lie flat on the floor, with one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest. Take a deep breath in slowly—it should take about five seconds for you to inhale (imagine your lungs filling up with air). As your diaphragm pulls your chest cavity down, your belly button should move away from your spine, filling your lungs. Your chest will also widen and perhaps rise. When your lungs feel full, and you even feel a tiny bit of discomfort in the solar plexus, just below the breastbone, exhale slowly (taking about seven seconds). Pull your belly button to your spine to get all the air out.
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