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Breath Nourishment : The Real Story of Non-Food Nutrients

Breatharianism, a doctrine related to Inedia, espouses that it is possible for humans to live without food. Religious traditions, ranging from Hinduism to Roman Catholicism, apparently are among adherents (even Jesus). The essential premise is that it is possible to gain nourishment from the air alone.

While we think fasting short term can have definite benefits, we’re not really convinced it’s a good idea simply to stop eating altogether. Complications could include permanent unpleasant side effects (even death). On top of that, why would you want to? Remember, food is delicious and a source of nourishment to be enjoyed. Enjoy your food!

That said, there is a way that “air alone” can help nourish us. Through breathing techniques, each of us has the ability to stimulate physical, emotional and spiritual health. While the medical establishment has generally poo-pooed this sort of thing (or at best gives it an “uh-huh”), different types of breathing have a distinct and beneficial impact on who we are. (On a positive note, the American Medical Student Association recognizes these benefits – nice going kids).

Breathing is the only bodily function that we engage in both voluntarily and involuntarily. Through practice, we all can train our breath, which bridges othe sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, the conscious and unconscious and the mind and body.

The truth is, nourishment comes from many sources — from food and from within.