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Breathing comes naturally, until it does not. Most of us have forgotten how to breathe properly and often do it in a very shallow way. Recent research on the benefits of deep breathing include the reduction of stress, improvement of the immune system, better digestion, higher quality sleep and increase in energy.

To breathe properly we need to use our diaphragm, which is a muscle at the base of the chest that assists our breathing. Experts suggest that we take long, deep breaths on a regular basis by contracting and expanding our diaphragm.

Another important breathing habit is to always breathe through the nose. The benefits of doing this includes the reduction of foreign substances entering your body, increased oxygen flow to arteries, veins and nerves, improved lung volume and slower breathing.

The benefits of breathing are clearly shown by Wim Hof, a Dutch extreme athlete known as the Iceman, who has broken several Guinness World records, including one for the longest full-body contact with ice, for a period of 1 hour and 42 minutes. His superhuman abilities are possible thanks to a breathing technique he developed, along with cold exposure techniques.

You can learn to do breathing exercises with Wim Hof for free on his YouTube channel. Implementing daily or weekly breathing exercises to your regular (mindfully deeper) breathing will bring incredible results to your wellbeing!

 

If you are looking to reduce your sugar intake but worry that the crave for a delicious donut or refreshing ice cream will keep you from reaching your goals, take a look at these tips. One basic rule is that you need the knowledge and the right ingredients to keep yourself on track, such as swapping your fruit juice for an actual piece of fruit - as juice usually removes the fruit's fiber, which is essential to lowering the impact of blood sugar levels.

Another good tip if you spend time at home is not to buy anything that contains refined sugars: regularly check the ingredients on your products to make sure you buy the right stuff. Drinking more water and eating more whole foods prepared at home will fill you up and leave less space for sugary items. However, if the idea of not eating more sugar seems impossible, you can always combine your craving with a healthier option of candy - such as home-baked cookies or dehydrated fruit.

People who wait too long between meals are also prone to choose a more sugary and fatty food option than those who are constantly snacking on healthy options. Good options include fresh vegetables such as baby carrots, crackers with cheese, mixed nuts or homemade popcorn with low amounts of salt.


While popular non-dairy milk products are usually made from oats, almonds or soybeans, potatoes are the latest newcomers to the list. Developed by researcher and professor Eva Tornberg at the Lund University in Sweden, she says the opportunity to create milk out of potatoes presented itself thanks to the high-quality proteins found in them.

In order to transform them into milk, developers need to add canola oil, chicory fiber and pea protein to potatoes. Additionally, it is a good source of protein, high starch and high vitamin C content.

Another benefit of potato milk is its sustainability, which performs a lot better than dairy milk in terms of water use, carbon footprint and land use. It also does better than soy milk related to greenhouse emissions and requires over 15,000 less liters of water than producing a kg of almonds. It also avoids some of the most common allergies and dietary restrictions, as it’s free of nuts, gluten, soy, and animal products. Because of that, it makes a great option for vegans.

Potato milk is currently only available in Sweden, the UK and China, however it’s short-term success could result in more demand in countries like the US and Canada. 

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