Breathing can be considered the original medicine. It’s historically been a spiritual practice and taking charge of how we breathe carries an almost endless list of health benefits – both mental and physical.

First off, James Nestor joins us for a discussion on the amazing ways that breathing, and the way we breathe, can affect our health (both negatively and positively). James is a journalist who has written for the likes of The New York Times, The Atlantic, The San Francisco Chronicle, Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, Scientific American, and more. In 2020, James published his second book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, which sought to provide a historical, scientific, and personal examination of breathing. The book was a smash hit, landing on The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times’ bestseller lists and going on to be translated into over 30 languages. 

We get into the differences between mouth and nasal breathing, how which nostril you breathe through can impact your body chemistry, and how we’re able to take conscious control of our body’s usually automatic process for the better.

Then we speak to Sandy Abrams, the entrepreneur behind Moisture Jamzz, author, and “CEOm” on a mission to spread knowledge about the power of our breath. Whereas James’ approach is more scientific and journalistically minded, Sandy is interested in the way that our breathing can be utilized to create our best energies and mindsets. She currently leads Breathe To Succeed workshops designed to teach us good habits, useful techniques, and all the knowledge we’ll need to succeed in turning our breathing around so that it’s giving us the most that it possibly can.

Thanks to COVID, our breathing and respiratory health is more relevant now than it ever has been. And, as Sandy says, breathing is free, it’s organic, it’s sustainable, and it’s available 24/7. What more could we possibly ask for?

Thank You to Our Podcast Sponsor

This season’s sponsor is the wellness-forward skincare line, Murad. Today’s episode features an interview with Dr. Zion Ko Lamm (@dr.zionko), a board-certified internal medicine physician that Vogue has called a “standout medical influencer.” She’s the guest editor of Murad’s new wellness publication, Well Connected.


Hosted by Kim Marshall

Produced by Crate Media