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Why does breathing increase a person’s metabolism?

Pam Grout
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

When you breathe more oxygen into your body, several things happen to speed up your metabolism. First, the heat in your body rises. If you've ever had a backyard barbecue, you understand the principle of heat and oxygen. What do you do if that darn charcoal won't turn red? You blow on it! Likewise, the logs in a fireplace won't produce heat without oxygen. The more oxygen, the hotter the coals. The more oxygen, the bigger the fires.

Thin people, people with high metabolisms, have a much higher thermic rate. So to pump up your metabolism, you need to heat up your cells' burners by giving them more oxygen. By breathing deeply, you can literally reset your thermostat. Over time, you can build up your body's thermostat so it will always be better at burning up fat - while sleeping, sitting, or climbing Mount Everest.

Jumpstart Your Metabolism: How To Lose Weight By Changing The Way You Breathe

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