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Short, shallow breaths exacerbate feelings of fatigue. For 10 minutes a day, sit quietly and breathe deeply through your nose, filling your abdomen first and then your chest. Hold for three counts and then exhale through your nose. Paul Cheney, M.D., a leading CFS physician, recommends breathing exercises to increase oxygenation in the body for multiple health benefits. He recommends this simple technique: 1) Inhale through your nose for 4 seconds; 2) Hold your breath for 7 seconds; 3) Exhale through tightly pursed lips for 8 seconds, creating "back pressure" (you should be able to hear the air being forced out of your mouth as you do this.) Do this 8 times in a total of two and a half minutes. Do this twice a day – a grand total of 5 minutes a day. It’s that easy! (Source: Natural Health Magazine, March 2002, and “Dr. Cheney on an Effective Breathing Technique Alternative to the ‘Rebreather’ Protocol for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” by Carol Sieverling.)

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