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iVillage: Natural Remedies Doctors Use to Stay in Tiptop Shape

Erase Anxiety with Belly Breathing

Even doctors feel overwhelmed when life throws them too many curves. “I use belly breathing to quell stress and anxiety -- it’s phenomenal,” says Anne Kulze, M.D., spokesperson for the Prevent Cancer Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia.

To do: Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose for a count of seven, allowing your belly to relax and expand as you do. Hold for a count of four, then slowly exhale through your mouth for another count of seven. Repeat until you feel zen. According to Canadian researchers, belly breathing tamps down stress hormone production, cutting anxiety by 63 percent in one minute.


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