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Though a lot of diet industry “experts” would like you to believe that your perfect metabolism is just a pill, a shake, or a supplement away, we here at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating want to let you know that one of the most important nutrients for calorie-burning is absolutely free. It’s available on on demand, wherever we happen to be, but sadly, far too many people are deficient in Vitamin O -- Oxygen. Without sufficient quantities of oxygen in our bloodstream, we can’t burn calories to our full capacity, and forget about absorbing all of the nutritional components of our food. Luckily, it only takes a few minutes a day to reverse our oxygen deficiency and get our digestive process fired up again. If you’re ready to turbo-charge your calorie-burning, take a deep breath and tune in to this fascinating new video from #IPEtv. Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute, will share the scientific connection between breathing and digestion and help you get more nourishment out of every meal, without changing anything you eat!
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Hi, I’m Emily Rosen, Chief Operating Officer for the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
Today’s Topic: Calories, Oxygen and Weight
Let’s dive in and take a fascinating look at how breathing and calorie burning are intimately connected:
People often talk about burning calories, but few realize that a calorie is simply a measure of heat released when something is burned. Food scientists determine the caloric value of a food by placing it in a special apparatus that essentially torches it to a crisp and measures the heat given off. It shouldn’t surprise you, then, that just about everything has a measurable caloric value. A fortune cookie contains about thirty calories. The chair you’re sitting can have hundreds of thousands of calories. And all of these calories need oxygen to burn.
Now if you want to maximize metabolism, breathing is one of the most effective tools, because the greater your capacity to take in oxygen, the higher your metabolic “burning power” will be.
Breathe in more oxygen and you burn food more fully.
It’s really that simple. The digestive system is hungry for oxygen. Certain parts of the stomach lining consume more oxygen than any other tissue in the body. The intestinal villi, our site of primary nutrient absorption, are charged with the job of extracting large quantities of oxygen from the blood during the breakdown of a meal. When the blood lacks oxygen fro the villi to pick up, absorption decreases.
The more we eat, the more the body naturally wants us to breathe. After a meal, the parasympathetic nervous system initiates synchronous changes in breathing, blood circulation, and oxygen uptake. In other words, the brain automatically increases air intake to accommodate the need for more oxygen. Breathing more if you eat a lot is the same as exercising more if you eat a lot. If you interfere with the body’s natural switch to deeper breathing because of anxiety or overstimulation, you limit your ability to burn calories. The simple rule here is this: If you eat more, breathe more.
To further examine the relationship between oxygen and weight loss, have you ever had the experience of going on a low-calorie diet and not losing any weight, or dieting and losing weight the first week but leveling off despite continuing your low-calorie fare? Many people are perplexed by this mysterious phenomenon, but the reason is quite simple. Your metabolism changed. The body learned to tolerate the meager portions of food you served it by lowering oxygen uptake – decreased oxygen means decreased metabolism. In many cases, weight-loss diets actually teach the body to need less oxygen. So by going on a low-calorie diet, you may thing you’re doing what’s right for shedding pounds, but you’re actually working against yourself.
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