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As a teen, what are the benefits of deep breathing?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Deep breathing through your nose helps transport nitric oxide--a very potent lung and blood vessel dilator that resides in your nasal passages--to your lungs, making your lungs and blood vessels function better. Taking deep breaths helps your lungs go from 98 percent saturation of oxygen to 100 percent saturation of oxygen, and that little 2 percent can sometimes make a big difference in how you feel.

Another benefit is that it helps improve the drainage of your lymphatic system, which removes toxins from your body. Of course, it also helps relieve stress—the deep breaths act as a minimeditation. Shifting to slower breathing in times of tension can help calm you and allow you to perform at higher levels both physically and mentally.   

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