If You Talk Too Much: Health Effects of Excessive Talkativeness
Can too much talking or excessive talkativeness undermine our health? Normal people,
as one Western study found, breathe twice as much air when
they speak. That reduces their brain CO2 and O2 stores. Long conversations with others, on the phonem and
excessive talkativeness can thereby cause many side effects such as, dizziness, light-headedness, loss of concentration, emotional instability,
muscular tension, and abnormal posture.
Furthermore, even 10-20 minutes of continuous speaking on a cell phone resets the breathing
center to lower arterial and brain CO2 levels promoting hyperventilation, tissue
hypoxia and chronic diseases.
Measuring effects of excessive talking
A study conducted by
the National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders and
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, The University of Arizona (Tucson,
USA) entitled Influence of continuous speaking on ventilation revealed
that the average ventilation increased from resting 7 l/min to almost 14 l/min
during ordinary (unemotional) speeches (Hoit & Lohmeier, 2000). Average initial end-tidal CO2 pressure
of these healthy young American men was almost 38 mm Hg. After 10 minutes of
speaking it dropped to about 31 mm Hg.
A quick calculation shows that their
average initial CP (body-oxygen test result) was about 29 seconds. After 10 min
of public speaking
their average CP was correspondent to 14 s. Hence, 10 min of speaking reduced, as one of the side effects,
their brain oxygenation about two times. That is a great disadvantage for mental and physical health. For most subjects in this study, even many minutes of rest or
recovery were not enough to completely restore initial CO2 levels in the lungs and and oxygen levels in body cells.
How talkativeness promotes chronic diseases
Excessive talkativeness or talking too much produces many other devastating side effects and promotes any chronic
disease: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and many others. Furthermore,
additional negative effects of modern speaking skills include
mouth breathing (for inhalations) and
thoracic breathing (using the upper
chest). Both these factors are disadvantages that further reduce oxygen delivery to body cells.
During lectures and public speeches, or when just talking too much, it is important not
to take deep inhalations between phrases (Buteyko, 1969). Dr. Buteyko and about
180 Soviet medical doctors (breathing practitioners) developed other ideas described on the web page
"Speaking skills", as a
part of the Buteyko breathing retraining method that increases body oxygenation.
Questions. What can you say about breathing, emotions, and
postures of these talking women? Is this picture typical for modern times?
There is one great method and trick that is known to a very few people. This method relates to the technique how to talk for hours every day (sometimes, it is a part of a regular working day or job), and avoid all negative effects of related to excessive talkativeness. In fact, you can get even more oxygen in body cells and become healthier if you apply one simple natural remedy any time when you need to speak. This remedy is explained right below here as your bonus content.
Buteyko KP, Lecture in the Moscow State University, Soviet
national journal Nauka i zshizn'; [Science and life], Moscow, issue 10,
Hoit JD & Lohmeier HL, Influence of continuous speaking on ventilation, J
Speech Lang Hear Res. 2000 Oct; 43(5): p. 1240-1251.
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