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Is laughter really the best medicine?

March 6, 2017


Laughter has been described as the best medicine for many ills, but not for people with asthma or another breathing disorder. If this is you, you must learn to control your breathing during laughter or you could start a coughing fit, or possibly trigger an asthma attack. 


Constant laughter involves deep inhalations and exhalations causing an excessive loss of carbon dioxide. This loss, causes airways to constrict, and often results in coughing.


Try these tips to help protect yourself:


- Be aware of your breathing when laughing

- Try to reduce fits of laughter

- Laugh with your mouth closed

- Inhale only through your nose

- Hold your breath for a few seconds after to replenish any loss of carbon dioxide


Sometimes you just have to give way to a fit of laughter; you just can't help it.

But do help yourself to get your breath back to normal as quickly as possible

by immediately calming your breathing and reducing the volume a bit for a few minutes.


Laughter has many positive benefits to our health;  Just be careful to not let it turn into a negative.



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