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What signals the body to breathe?

Breathing is a fundamental process that keeps us alive. Our bodies require oxygen (O2) to produce energy, and as a result of this energy production, carbon dioxide (CO2) is produced as a “waste product”. This intricate exchange between oxygen and carbon dioxide drives the functioning of our cells. The amount of CO2 in our bloodstream […]

How strength training the lungs helps athletes and smokers alike

One of the most powerful inbuilt tools humans have is also one of the most underappreciated and underutilised. Of course, most of us don’t have to think twice about the automatic process that occurs between 17000 and 30000 times a day, causing our diaphragm to contract, creating space for oxygen to expand our lungs. All in […]