Proper breathing not only helps you survive or relax, it also reveals the levels of stress your body is in, according to a new study from the Loughborough University and Imperial College London .
The research published in the Journal of Breath Research It suggests that there are six molecular markers in breathing that are reflected in the breath, which are useful for measuring a person's stress levels.
In information published by The Wall Street Journal , respiration works like a fingerprint, because it contains a mixture of oxygen dioxide, nitrogen, carbon, antibodies, peptides, volatile organic compounds and DNA, which provide information about health.
Therefore, London researchers say that with a breath test that has the ability to analyze the molecular markers of respiration, you can know the stress levels of a person.
For the study, we analyzed the cases of 22 individuals, 10 men and 12 women, who were asked to sit down and listen to classical music to reduce tension.
Upon achieving an optimal state of relaxation, the participants performed an arithmetic test designed to accelerate the heart rate and induce stress.
In the end, the researchers used a breath test called gas chromatography, which is responsible for separating the components of respiration, combined with mass spectrometry.
With these tests it is verified that the concentrations 2-methyl, pentadecadene and indole they increase in moments of tension. Meanwhile, the reduction of other compounds in stressed people was identified.
On the other hand, there are different studies where it is ensured that the components of the breath are useful to detect from lung cancer, asthma, liver disorders.
On the other hand, do not forget that learning a good breathing technique will help you to relax your body and mind, so that you have a better quality of life. And you, how do you measure your stress levels?