By Atom Bergstrom
Stress and excess alkalinity cause hyperventilation — over-breathing.
Over-breathing causes carbon dioxide depletion in the blood.
Low carbon dioxide levels lead to low oxygen levels in the blood and throughout the body.
Carbon dioxide drives oxygen deeper into the body … into the cells, organelles, and beyond.
Carbon dioxide is actually a remedy for pneumonia. (This has been known for at least 100 years.)
According to ecstatichamster (Ray Peat Forum, Jun. 14, 2018) …
“Just breathe normally into the bag. Inhale, exhale. You can try to exhale longer, by exhaling and pausing without inhaling. The secret is to inhale the rebreathed high-CO2 air that you can only get naturally with this method or a method that has ‘dead space’ that you are breathing into and out of.
“Two minutes is probably okay, 3 or 4 times a day. you can work up to 15 minutes. Don’t stress out, breathe regular air at times if it starts feeling stressful or you get a headache. Then come back to bag breathing. In other words, don’t do it too intensely.”
The following is NOT medical advice …
I usually bag-breathe only between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m., ignoring the usual medical advice of taking no more than 12 breaths at one time, continuing as long as it feels comfortable to do so.
I started with six or seven breaths at a time, working my way up to more.
Sometimes it’s uncomfortable to take more than a few breaths, so I usually quit and try again later.