Originally designed to help us survive life in the wild, the "fight or flight" response was essential when our ancient ancestors were faced with sudden, brief danger like, let's say, a tiger.
However useful in short bursts, releasing cortisol too frequently, as we seem to be doing in response to the ongoing or "chronic" stress of modern life, may have serious, even scary, impacts on our physical, mental and emotional health.
In fact, living in this kind of biological "survival mode" may be making us more vulnerable to everything from cancer to heart disease, and more.
New research, however, is showing one technique extremely effective in helping to reduce cortisol levels.
Did I mention that this medicine is 100% free? In fact it's right next to you as you read this!
The medicine I'm referring to is FRESH AIR!!
But the percentage of people who actually breath correctly (for optimal health at least!) is startlingly small. As crazy as it sounds, over 75% of us are not breathing properly and as a result are suffering from a shortage of fresh air to our lungs and oxygen to our cells.
The respiratory system is very unique in that it can be controlled both involuntarily (while we sleep for instance) and voluntarily (during meditation). The involuntary "auto-pilot" feature of our respiratory system is both a blessing and curse. It's a blessing because, well, it keeps us alive while we sleep! And a curse because we tend to forget that we have full control of the cockpit."