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EMBody Radio

Mar 4, 2021

Today's guest on EMBody Radio is the author of one of the most powerful health books I've ever read. 

James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Scientific American, Outside, The New York Times, and more. His latest book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, was released May 26, 2020 by Riverhead/Penguin Random House and was an instant New York Times and London Sunday Times bestseller. Breath explores how the human species has lost the ability to breathe properly--and how to get it back. Breath will be translated into more than 30 languages in 2021. Nestor has spoken at Stanford Medical School, Yale School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, the United Nations, Global Classroom, and appeared on more than 60 radio and television shows, including Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Joe Rogan Show, and more. He lives and breathes in San Francisco.

Today we talk about: 

-How studying deep divers piqued James' interest in breathing

-How poor breathing contributes to poor health

-What is improper breathing and how it evolutionarily has impacted facial shape

-Nasal breathing as a natural filtration system for the body

-Why nothing matters if your breathing sucks 

-Breathing, stress, and inflammation

-How the rise of soft foods and the industrial era started to devastate human health

-How the system profits off of the population being chronically ill

-Making breathing practices easy and accessible

-Why you shouldn't sleep with an open mouth and/or mouth breathing

-Breathing for better exercise performance 

-WHY it's important to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth

-Really easy breathing exercises you can do in 5 minutes or less each day

-James' incredibly realistic wellness routine as a busy, successful individual 

-Predicting future wellness trends