Alter Your Health

#251 | MM - WTF is Heart Rate Variability? Why Does it Matter?

October 25, 2021 Episode 251
Alter Your Health
#251 | MM - WTF is Heart Rate Variability? Why Does it Matter?
Show Notes

Heart Rate Variability is a measurement of the parasympathetic nervous system...

Let's talk more about it!

I, Dr. Ben, have been geeking out on the topic for years. It's a great biofeedback tool, a way to take a peek under the hood and see what's happening with our physiology.

We talk about the what, the why, and the how.

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Some highlights from today's MM episode...

- HRV is a measurement of the resilience of the parasympathetic nervous system in a moment
- HRV is the variability between heartbeats, very different than heart rate itself
- Increased HRV is "good" but consistency and context is very important
- Psychological and physiologic stress reliably lower HRV
- Low HRV is associated with all sorts of chronic disease, including heart disease, diabets, and cancer
- Increasing HRV can be done reliably through feeling more peace
- Diaphragmatic breathing, lengthening the complete exhalation is also powerful in increasing parasympathetic tone and HRV

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Peace and Love.

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