cracked.com says that it's healthier. But on the other hand, is more oxygen always a good thing? It could possibly lead to increased oxidative damage (and maybe effects opposite to those of CR).
When upright, most people are habitualchest breathers
: We use a shallow form of respiration that makes use of only the top part of the lungs. In reality, most of the blood vessels that take up oxygen are in the bottom, neglected half. Since so much lung power is going to waste, we get less oxygen, and as a result, we're allbreathing more rapidly
than nature intended us to.
Chest breathing also tends to upset the blood's oxygen/carbon dioxide balance and can lead to headaches, fatigue, anxiety and even panic attacks. According to one expert, you're also potentially suffering from sweaty palms, difficulty relaxing, heightened pain perception and general fatigue.