Oh S***. It's Valentine's Day?

Of all the Hallmark holidays, Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap. Maybe it’s the aisles of cringeworthy cards and bad chocolates that start popping up the day after New Years, or the expectation and inherent dread of doing something “special.”  But ultimately, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to celebrate your nearest and dearest, and make…

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Fighting off this season’s nemesis, the flu

At Intake, we like to start each morning by scrolling through the news and freaking ourselves out. For instance, listen to this timely piece of winter news: The CDC has estimated that this flu season (from October 2019 until the date of this post in January), there have already been between 9 and 14 million…

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The Link Between Nasal Breathing and the Way We Think

A study in the US National Library of Medicine found that cyclical nasal breathing influences cognitive function, specifically tasks performed by the hippocampus (which is responsible for processing and storing short-term memory) and the amygdala (which regulates emotions and moods). While nasal breathing is linked to better memory recall and lower levels of depression and…

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Give Your Organs and Muscles a Protective Boost by Breathing Through Your Nose

Vasodilation is the widening of the blood vessels and occurs naturally in the body when an increase in blood flow to muscles and issues is needed. During exercise, vasodilation has several benefits: it helps your body cool itself down, it allows oxygen to travel more quickly to your muscles and organs, and it increases blood…

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Exercise, and Nose Breathing vs Mouth Breathing

We’ve all heard it’s better to breathe through your nose, but when push comes to shove and you’re hitting that sprint or pedaling up that hill, your nose suddenly doesn’t seem like a very viable breathing machine. And in fact, it’s not–studies have shown that most noses are physiologically incapable of inhaling adequate amounts of…

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