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The word “calorie” can evoke some strong emotional reactions, but when it comes down to it, a calorie is just a measure of the energy that’s released when something is burned. As your body metabolizes the food you eat, the energy is either put to use or stored for later. As we know from grade-school science, if you want something to burn, you need to give it some oxygen. The human metabolic process is no different: in order to burn calories, the body needs plenty of oxygen. Luckily, oxygen is readily available and it’s completely free. But far too many of us are actually oxygen deficient, and as a result, our metabolism isn’t working at its full capacity. Tune in to this exciting new video from IPEtv, with Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. You’ll learn how to get your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin O, and keep your metabolic fire burning.
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People often talk about burning calories, but few realize that a calorie is simply a measure of heat released when something is burned. Food scientists determine the caloric value of a food by placing it in a special apparatus that essentially torches it to a crisp and measures the heat given off. Just about everything has a measurable caloric value. A fortune cookie contains about 30 calories. A page of a typical book has at least 60 calories. The chair you’re sitting in has upwards of 200,000 calories. And all of these calories need oxygen if you want them to burn. So if you’re interested in maximizing metabolism, breathing is one of the most effective tools, because the greater your capacity to take in oxygen, the higher your metabolic “burning power” will be.
It’s really that simple.
The digestive system is hungry for oxygen. Certain parts of the stomach lining consume more oxygen than any other tissue in the body. The intestinal villi, our site of primary nutrient absorption, are charged with the job of extracting large quantities of oxygen from the blood during the breakdown of a meal. When the blood lacks oxygen for the villi to pick up, nutrient absorption decreases.
The more we eat, the more the body naturally wants us to breathe.