Why you should start humming right now
This easy way of humming will be a vital little tweak you’re going to love having in your pocket.
I know most of us are thinking about holidays and traveling right now, however, what’s the point of traveling when you’re all keyed up and can’t think straight?
Time to take control.
It’s called Humming Bee Breath
Otherwise known as Bhramari Breath, humming has fast become a technique practiced by many folks looking to feel soothed and calm.
Humming has been shown to produce nitric oxide “NO” in the body, resulting in an immediate influence on the nervous system. Your body wants this for a number of reasons.
We previously spoke about taking two breaths and engaging the parasympathetic system for more calm. When you put them together they create a symphony of sorts.
First off, NO is a neurotransmitter and a powerful one at that. It enhances blood circulation and increases bone density. And it doesn’t stop there.
5 Top reasons to start
There are multiple roles to nitric oxide, giving a unique benefit to start humming today.
Here are 5 areas where NO shows off its versatility:
- Angina and cardiac disorders
- Abnormal cancer cells
- Neurodegenerative disorders
- Thyroid issues
- Overall stress and anger challenges
I dug up some info from medical journals so if you are already signed up to TMB, the links are listed in the newsletter I had emailed earlier.
The Sciencey stuff
Alright, let’s dip a little bit deeper…
Most note-worthy, NO acts as a vasodilator. Your arteries will thank you because it assists with lowering blood pressure and improving circulation.
Importantly, with respect to endothelial function, NO is there to take care of the heart by lowering oxidative stress and inflammation. However, if it (endothelium) is not functioning as it should, it can’t produce NO. As a result, vascular disorders develop over time, possibly resulting in why anyone who has suffered a heart attack before will inevitably have another.
Nitric oxide function
Ingesting NO as a medicine, through food, or by producing it ourselves, the arteries become dilated once more, allowing vasodilation to occur.
What you probably want to takeaway here is that NO is generated in the brain and is a vital part of neurotransmission. A great way to protect us against those neurodegenerative diseases. Think dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.
“Just say NO to cancer” is a frequent line I came across when looking at how nitric oxide assists in healing abnormal cancer cells or preventing them in the first place. Even though there are conflicting studies, the key point is that NO promotes the growth of healthy cells. And we all know that healthy cells kick bad cells butts!
Getting nitric oxide by eating
Try these food options for additional intake:
– Leafy greens
– Tea (Rooibos tea wins for high amounts of flavonoids)
– Indian gooseberry
– Any other food high in flavonoids, potassium and anti-oxidants.
Visual cues for nutritients
How to bee humming
- Find a quiet place to sit, and a comfortable position to sit in.
- Be sure to breath through your nose throughout, not the mouth.
- Lips together
- Teeth slightly apart
- Tongue rests gently against the back of the palate
- Jaw relaxed
- Chin to chest (optional)
- Eyes closed
- Use slowly measured breaths
- Sit quietly for a moment before continuing with your day
*Option. Gently cover the eyes with your hands, thumbs resting on the tiny cartilage flaps of your ears to close it’s outer entry.
Inhale through the nose. As you exhale through the nose, hum “Mmmm” into the palate of your mouth. Use the entire breath to avoid becoming breathless and avoid holding your breath at any point.
Repeat for 10 rounds or for a few minutes.
Bhramari breath is best done before eating or on an empty stomach. I like practising it in the morning before my meditation because it quiets my mind and brings order to my sometimes chaotic thoughts.
Furthermore, it’s great because it doesn’t need to cut into your day. Three rounds of humming bee breath can often do the trick.
Depending on what you find comfortable, and what you are hoping to achieve, try this practice at different pitches.
Practise silently in case you’re at work and don’t want anyone thinking you’re more crazy.
Low-pitched humming works for a soothing and calming.
Thyroid issues: Lower chin to chest and opt for a medium-toned hum.
Of course, any of the above reasons plus one more, is reason enough to start working this quick and easy practice into your daily routine.
Plus one more
Did you know that a certain blue pill enhances the production of NO in the body, which helps increase blood flow to that nether region and is why it is so, um, effective?
All together now