We interviewed Dan Brulé, a world-renowned pioneer in the field of breathwork, with a professional medical background, who says that simply to breathe is a tool for health, growth and change.
“At age 30 our lung capacity begins to decrease,” he explains. “By age 50 it can be up to half of what it was when we were younger. This has a negative effect on the body, as it means less oxygen is getting to our cells and we experience shortness of breath, a decrease in endurance, and become more susceptible to illness associated with the lungs.”
He adds: “The famous Framingham study, which followed over 5 000 people for three decades, found that lung volume is actually the greatest predictor of health and longevity. This isn’t surprising, as a decreased lung capacity has many negative impacts on our health.”
A decreased lung capacity can:
- Impair metabolic function due to the lack of oxygen;
- Increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke;
- Give you poor energy and general fatigue;
- Produce a decline in concentration and memory; and
- Lead to increased inflammation.