Dr. Diana and friends! 🙂
I was reading on Dr. Jack Kruse’s blog (he’s a neurologist who talks a lot about evolutionary biology, leptin resistance, low carb Paleo, and cold thermogenesis and optimal health) He’s a bit controversial… he has a group of detractors, he was kicked off a cruise, and his Facebook was hacked! But he is gaining a large following because he has an incredible analytical mind and explains complex issues in a way that even my brain foggy mind can grasp. Many of his readers report weight loss and major health improvements. I decided to take a closer look after seeing his and his son’s before and after pictures… I’m a visual learner. lol.
Anyway, a poster on his site mentioned “Senobi Breathing” for weight loss. So of course, I had to do a PubMed search…
WoW, Wow, Wow! “REGULATING THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM” caught my attention!
Dr. Diana… is this working because it is stimulating the Vagus Nerve? By improving blood flow? Both? Is there a danger this could cause mast cell degranulation in some due to the release of catecholamines? What do you think?
SENOBI BREATHING. (You can do this SITTING down too, my Potsie, friends!)
“The “Senobi” breathing exercise was found to be effective for weight loss in obesity possibly by regulating the autonomic nervous system and the hormone secretion.”
“After one minute of SBE, significant up-regulation of sympathetic nerve activity and increased concentrations of catecholamines, estradiol, and growth hormone were observed in OWD (depressed) group.”
“Senobi” stretch ameliorates asthma symptoms by restoring autonomic nervous system balance.”
Dr. Jack Kruse also has some interesting ideas on weight loss. He advocates Cold Thermogenesis. He suggests starting with dunking the face in cold water.
Sound crazy? Dunk your face in cold water and lose weight? Well… what about dunk your face and lower your heart rate? He mentioned the “mammalian diving reflex” so I googled THAT! And WOW! Again!
I didn’t know it but…
“humans experience bradycardia when simulating a dive by holding the breath and immersing the face in cold water.”
“The decrease in heart rate due to immersion in the presence of apnea is 8 beats/min, which, when added to the 10 beats/min reduction
caused by apnea in the presence of immersion, is close to the total reduction of 20 beats/min caused by the simulated dive.”
Yes, this is transitory… but what if we could use this through time to have an effect on our autonomic nervous systems and have a heart rate lowering effect that is more lasting? What if???? Could this help us lose weight and lower our heart rates?
Studies have found holding breathe at 60% lung capacity with shorter dunks had a larger decrease in heart rate than bigger breathes with longer dunks. Fascinating!
Oh… and Dr. Diana, I’m excited to hear what you think of all this it seems like it fits right in with The Driscoll Theory!
“A slowing of the heart rate occurs relatively quickly upon facial contact with cold water. The trigeminal facial nerves (5th cranial nerve) transmit the information to the brain which innervates the vagus nerve (10th cranial nerve) causing bradycardia and peripheral vasoconstriction. The colder the water, the faster the reaction. Temperatures above 21° C (70° F) do not elicit a response.”
I’ve got a mini pulse ox which also has HR and I’m going to test this with both cold dunking and with wet washclothes. Looks like my Mom was right about the cold washcloth on my face when I’m sick all these years!!!!!
I know cold can be a trigger for some for mast cell degranulation… so I am proceeding with caution.
Oh, that reminds me, … Dr. Jack tells posters that if they have cold urticaria they need to optimize their Omega 6 and Omega 3 levels as in they have too high of levels of the 6’s. I wonder if some of them have mast cell activation? So far I haven’t had any cold urticaria and I’ve been trying to optimize my Omega 3’s for a few years but who knows, maybe cold isn’t a big trigger for me since I live in the FarNorth?
OMgosh, I think I’ve just had a big adrenalin dump… I’m so excited about this. Hugs all around!
My best, SweetFeather