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Bring Up Breathing—How We Get This Precious Oxygen in Our Blood

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Fortunately for us, when we stop breathing consciously, our autonomous respiratory system kicks in. This alternative system allows us to entirely refocus our attention on other tasks, which can be truly beneficial. However, when left unchecked for too long, our breathing can change so much that our gas exchange can be impaired. It may be possible that there is no longer enough oxygen entering and enough carbon dioxide leaving our organism. This can cause a series of side effects that could be really detrimental. By refocusing some of our attention on our breathing regularly, we can notice when our breathing gets too shallow or too rapid. Once we notice these changes, we are then able to address them and bring back our breathing to normal. One suggested technique is diaphragmatic breathing which involves breathing deeply. But if this one is not for you, there are always more techniques that you can do.

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Bring Up Fat—Why I Am Getting Chubbier

Although there is nowadays a lot of pressure on the fashion industry to stop picturing curvy girls as unhealthy, there is still a long way to go. Indeed, this systematic portrayal of tiny figures as the most attractive has led many children over the years to develop a faulty perception about how desirable fat tissue actually is. This perception has triggered some children, teens and young adults to develop an altered perception of their bodies or made them form unhealthy relationships with food. And even though being overweight, or obese, should be avoided to reduce health-related issues, we should still abstain from perceiving any fat as an enemy. A certain level of fat is required for our bodies to support us. Also, the type of fat cells contained in our fat tissue determines how healthy we are. White fat cells that adults tend to develop in excess are much more detrimental than beige or brown fat cells. Fortunately, there are strategies you can adopt to help morph those undesirable white fat cells into beneficial beige and brown cells.

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