The Anatomic Nervous System (ANS), sometimes called the involuntary nervous system, controls an unimaginable number of processes, and does so without our conscious awareness. This system works with incredible sophistication, constantly changing and adapting to external & internal stimuli. The quality of our environment (physical, chemical, mental, and emotional) has a direct impact on the nervous system.
So what happens if our environment is stressful? We all know that stress and chronic disease often coexist. The Center for Disease Control says 75% of health care spending goes toward treating chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. A study by Carnegie Mellon showed a 10-30% increase in stress, across all demographics, between 1983 and 2009. It seems critical that we understand how the body responds to chronic stress.
Equally important, we must learn how to use our breath to turn off the body's stress response! The average person takes 28,000 breaths a day. This means we have 28,000 chances a day to restore balance to the anatomic nervous system.
Want to learn how?