NEUROSCIENTIST: This HABIT Makes YOU UNATTRACTIVE | Andrew Huberman

Neuro Lifestyle
13 Jan 202306:59

Summary

TLDRThe transcript discusses the impact of mouth breathing on health and facial structure, highlighting the connection between nasal breathing and reduced anxiety due to proper CO2 levels. It suggests that mouth breathing can lead to sleep apnea and facial aging, emphasizing the importance of nose breathing and jaw exercises for maintaining a youthful appearance and proper jaw structure. The speaker cites the book 'Jaws: A Hidden Epidemic' by Dr. Ali and the 1800s book 'Shut Your Mouth', which both advocate for nasal breathing to enhance facial aesthetics and health. The discussion also touches on the benefits of chewing hard foods for dental health and the potential to avoid orthodontia, comparing human dental structure to that of animals and ancient humans. The importance of dental hygiene, including flossing and brushing, is also mentioned for overall health.

Takeaways

  • 😴 Overweight and sleep apnea can lead to increased anxiety due to insufficient CO2 elimination during sleep.
  • 👃 Mouth breathing is not ideal and can be improved by training oneself to breathe through the nose, which is healthier.
  • 🏃 Engaging in regular cardio exercises, like long runs, can help with overall health and may indirectly affect breathing habits.
  • 📚 The book 'Jaws: A Hidden Epidemic' by Collies at Stanford discusses the impact of diet and culture on jaw structure and facial features.
  • 🦷 Chewing hard food and not being a mouth breather can lead to better jaw and facial structure, as demonstrated by twin studies in the book.
  • 🐰 A young girl's face aged rapidly due to a pet allergy, but improved after nasal breathing was encouraged, showcasing the impact of breathing on facial appearance.
  • 🦴 Jaw exercises and avoiding mouth breathing can change facial structure significantly in a short time, as seen in various studies and practices.
  • 💪 Facial muscle strength, particularly in the jaw, contributes to a more attractive and youthful appearance.
  • 🏋️‍♀️ Skin care salons like 'face gym' offer facial workouts that can improve lymphatic drainage and change facial structure after a session.
  • 👄 The use of mouth taping or devices like Jawsizer can help dilate nasal passages and improve facial structure, despite some discomfort.
  • 🍽️ Chewing food properly, especially hard foods, is beneficial for maintaining good dental and jaw structure, which is linked to overall health.

Q & A

  • What is the connection between being overweight and sleep apnea?

    -Being overweight or mildly overweight can contribute to sleep apnea because excess body weight can put pressure on the airway, leading to more instances of not getting rid of CO2 and causing anxiety due to a sensation of suffocation during sleep.

  • Why is it suggested to sleep with athletic tape on your mouth?

    -Sleeping with athletic tape on your mouth is suggested to train oneself to breathe through the nose, which is considered better for overall health and can help reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality.

  • How can mouth breathing affect one's facial structure and health?

    -Mouth breathing can lead to a change in facial structure over time, potentially resulting in droopy features and misaligned teeth. It can also contribute to poor nasal breathing and a weaker jaw structure.

  • What is the book 'Jaws: A Hidden Epidemic' by Collies at Stanford about?

    -The book 'Jaws: A Hidden Epidemic' discusses the impact of mouth breathing on facial structure and health. It includes twin studies that illustrate the differences in jaw structure and health outcomes based on dietary habits and whether one breathes through the mouth or nose.

  • How can nasal breathing help with facial structure and skin health?

    -Nasal breathing can help maintain a more attractive and youthful facial structure by promoting better jaw and cheekbone development. It can also improve skin health by reducing the droopy appearance of the eyes and enhancing the overall facial muscle tone.

  • What is the Jawsizer and how does it work?

    -The Jawsizer is a device used in Hollywood to improve facial structure by dilating the nasal passages and encouraging nasal breathing. It works by providing a workout for the facial muscles, which can change the facial structure over time.

  • What is the significance of chewing hard foods for jaw and teeth health?

    -Chewing hard foods is important for maintaining strong jaw muscles and a well-developed dental structure. It helps to prevent dental issues and the need for orthodontia, and it contributes to a healthier and more attractive facial appearance.

  • Why did people in the past have better dental structures?

    -People in the past had better dental structures because they often chewed harder foods, which naturally exercised their jaw and teeth, leading to a stronger and more aligned dental structure without the need for braces or other orthodontic interventions.

  • How does dental care relate to overall health?

    -Dental care is directly related to overall health because bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause issues in other parts of the body. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups can improve heart health and prevent other systemic issues.

  • What is the role of facial exercises in maintaining a youthful appearance?

    -Facial exercises can help maintain a youthful appearance by strengthening the facial muscles, which can reduce the appearance of droopy eyes and enhance the overall structure of the face. This can be done through specific jaw exercises and by avoiding mouth breathing.

  • How does the consumption of soft foods impact facial structure and dental health?

    -Consuming soft foods can negatively impact facial structure and dental health because it does not provide the necessary exercise for the jaw and teeth. This can lead to weaker jaw muscles, misaligned teeth, and a less defined facial structure.

Outlines

00:00

😴 Impact of Mouth Breathing on Sleep and Facial Structure

The first paragraph discusses the negative effects of mouth breathing, particularly during sleep, on both health and physical appearance. It highlights how sleep apnea, often associated with being overweight, can lead to increased anxiety due to inadequate CO2 removal. The paragraph also touches on the importance of nasal breathing for better health and suggests using athletic tape to seal the mouth during sleep as a training method. It further explores the impact of diet on jaw development, citing a book by Collies of mine at Stanford, which presents twin studies showing the difference in jaw structure between individuals who eat soft foods and those who chew hard foods. The narrative emphasizes the role of strong jaw muscles in maintaining a youthful facial structure and the potential to improve it through exercises and avoiding mouth breathing. It also mentions the Jawsizer device and peptides as non-surgical alternatives to achieve better facial and jaw structure.

05:01

🦷 Historical and Biological Perspectives on Dental Health

The second paragraph delves into the historical and biological aspects of dental health. It contrasts the dental condition of ancient mummies and animals with the modern human population, noting the decline in natural tooth structure and the rise in dental issues. The paragraph suggests that the affluent classes of the past, who consumed a diet requiring more chewing, maintained better dental health. It questions the shift in human dietary habits and the impact on dental structure, speculating that factors such as sugar consumption and lack of dental care may have contributed to the current state of dental health. The importance of flossing and brushing to prevent bacterial growth and its potential effects on overall health is also discussed. The paragraph concludes by emphasizing the benefits of thorough chewing for maintaining a strong facial structure and healthy teeth.

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Keywords

💡Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. In the script, it is mentioned that overweight individuals are more prone to sleep apnea, which can lead to anxiety due to the body not being able to efficiently eliminate CO2.

💡Mouth Breathing

Mouth breathing is the act of breathing through the mouth instead of the nose. The transcript discusses how mouth breathing can lead to insufficient CO2 expulsion, which is linked to anxiety and potential changes in facial structure. It is also associated with sleep apnea and is suggested to be corrected by training oneself to breathe through the nose.

💡Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. The script connects anxiety with sleep apnea and mouth breathing, where improper respiration during sleep can cause a buildup of CO2, leading to increased anxiety.

💡Facial Structure

Facial structure refers to the shape and appearance of a person's face, including the arrangement and form of the bones, muscles, and skin. The video emphasizes that facial structure can be influenced by habits such as mouth breathing and the type of food one consumes, with examples given of how different dietary habits can affect jaw development.

💡Jaw Exercises

Jaw exercises are physical activities designed to strengthen the jaw muscles and improve the structure of the face. The script suggests that engaging in jaw exercises and avoiding mouth breathing can change facial structure positively within a few months.

💡Nasal Breathing

Nasal breathing is the process of inhaling and exhaling air through the nose. The transcript promotes nasal breathing as a healthier alternative to mouth breathing, stating that it is better for CO2 elimination and can contribute to a more attractive and well-defined facial structure.

💡Cardio

Cardio, short for cardiovascular exercise, involves activities that strengthen the heart and lungs. The script mentions that the speaker does long runs or other forms of cardio once a week, emphasizing the importance of not mouth breathing during these exercises for better health and facial structure.

💡Obesity

Obesity is a medical condition involving excess body fat. The transcript discusses how obesity can exacerbate sleep apnea, which in turn can lead to increased anxiety and other health issues, highlighting the importance of managing weight for overall health.

💡Orthodontia

Orthodontia is a branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The script argues that with proper nasal breathing and chewing habits, the need for orthodontic treatment, such as braces, could be reduced or eliminated.

💡Chewing Hard Foods

Chewing hard foods refers to the act of consuming and breaking down tough or hard-to-chew items with the teeth. The video suggests that chewing hard foods can contribute to better jaw and teeth structure, as it exercises the jaw muscles and can help prevent dental issues.

💡Dental Care

Dental care involves practices aimed at maintaining the health of one's teeth and gums. The script touches on the importance of dental care, including brushing and flossing, to prevent cavities and maintain overall health, as poor oral hygiene can lead to broader health issues.

Highlights

Overweight or mildly overweight individuals with sleep apnea experience more anxiety due to insufficient CO2 elimination during sleep.

Mouth breathing is linked to increased anxiety and can negatively impact facial structure.

Using athletic tape to seal the mouth during sleep can help train oneself to breathe through the nose, which is healthier.

Cardiovascular exercise, such as long runs, can help reduce mouth breathing and improve facial structure.

The book 'Jaws: A Hidden Epidemic' by Dr. Airlie Moise at Stanford discusses the impact of diet on jaw and facial structure.

A diet of soft foods can lead to poor jaw and facial development, while chewing hard foods promotes better structure.

Nasal breathing helps maintain facial structure and prevents droopy features.

A young girl's face aged rapidly due to a pet allergy causing mouth breathing, but improved after nasal breathing was restored.

Using a mouth closure device at night can help promote nasal breathing and improve facial features.

The Jawsizer device can help strengthen jaw muscles and improve facial structure, though it may cause drooling.

Facial exercises can help improve jaw and facial muscle strength, leading to better facial structure.

Chewing hard foods is important for maintaining good jaw and tooth structure.

The book 'Shut Your Mouth' from the 1800s discussed the negative impacts of mouth breathing on health and appearance.

Chewing hard foods can help prevent the need for orthodontia and promote better tooth structure.

Animals and ancient humans had better tooth structure due to their diet and chewing habits.

Modern dental issues may be linked to factors like sugar consumption and lack of flossing.

Maintaining good oral hygiene through brushing and flossing is important for overall health.

Chewing food thoroughly can have a significant impact on facial structure and appearance.

Transcripts

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a lot of people were really overweight

00:01

or even mildly overweight who have sleep

00:03

apnea have more anxiety because they're

00:05

not getting rid of CO2 yeah so they're

00:07

literally suffocating in sleeping there

00:09

you'll see these people their mouth

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breathers

00:12

not even necessarily just people who are

00:14

overweight so it's not good to be a

00:15

mouth breather

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um you don't blow off enough CO2 anxiety

00:19

yeah you should sleep with like athletic

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tape on your mouth so you train yourself

00:23

to breathe through your nose because

00:24

apparently it's way better for you yeah

00:25

I'll do cardio I do a long run once a

00:27

week or some long cardio I do with um I

00:29

try and not a mouth breed the whole time

00:31

can it also change face shape yeah so

00:33

this is a wild book called Jaws a hidden

00:35

epidemic by Collies of mine at Stanford

00:37

and they show they have these twin

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studies one kid grows up in a culture

00:42

where they eat a lot of soft food

00:43

drinking Capri Sun eating applesauce

00:45

baby food the other one is you know got

00:47

stuck in the jungle or whatever it is

00:48

and they're chewing on Bones and chewing

00:50

their food and one kid these are

00:52

identical twins has beautiful jaw

00:53

structure and high cheekbones and the

00:56

eyes and look nice and clear the other

00:58

kid is like droopy the teeth are they in

01:01

their mouth breathing they show this

01:02

there's one case of this young girl who

01:05

just she got a pet or a pet hamster I

01:08

think it was got a a allergy to the

01:11

hamster and literally took beautiful

01:12

young girl and she just her face just

01:15

starts aging at a rapid rate they get

01:16

rid of the hamster she goes back to

01:18

nasal breathing they do a little

01:20

encouragement of nasal breathing using

01:22

the mouth closure thing at night do a

01:23

little bit of medical tape and like

01:25

create these beautiful almost like

01:26

model-esque features come back in this

01:28

girl jaw shape and the clear to the

01:30

nasal passages you know really there's

01:33

no reason why any of us should ever had

01:34

had braces but all your teeth should fit

01:37

in your mouth right and you should be

01:39

able to put your tongue on the roof of

01:40

your mouth

01:41

with your mouth closed I can't quite do

01:43

it your palate should be somewhat wide

01:46

you know and so when we see now there's

01:48

the jawser Sizer is really big in

01:50

Hollywood that and peptides are like

01:51

taking over Jaws or Sizer yeah these

01:54

like things were like bouncy mouthpiece

01:55

yeah it looks the only problem is it

01:58

makes people drool it's pretty gross but

01:59

you know it's work exercise they

02:01

definitely worth they change your facial

02:03

structure they dilate the the um uh the

02:07

nasal passages you look at somebody who

02:09

keeps their facial muscles strong

02:11

there's and this is for women and men

02:12

their jaw muscles strong we're not

02:14

talking about the like you know like I

02:16

mean there's certain people who are like

02:17

genetic freaks like my friend Laird

02:18

Hamilton he's got you know it's like big

02:19

old neck and like yeah John like he

02:21

looks like a you know an actor from the

02:23

70s or something he's just naturally

02:25

that way

02:26

um but people who care about their

02:29

facial structure especially who don't

02:30

want a lot of people are concerned or

02:32

like what's going on with my skin a lot

02:33

of

02:34

um women and men are like putting all

02:36

the stuff on and figure out how to get

02:37

rid of the droopy eyes it's actually a

02:38

facial muscle issue and where they just

02:41

to do some jaw exercises and focus on

02:44

not mouth breathing it completely

02:46

changes the structure of the face in

02:47

just two three months and there's yeah

02:49

there's like skin care salons called

02:50

like face gym and other places where

02:52

they're literally giving your face a

02:53

workout and you'll notice that it's like

02:55

a lymphatic type of massage it'll change

02:57

after one session so I imagine just

03:00

doing the training yeah so when girls

03:02

are getting like maybe this doesn't work

03:03

actually when girls are getting filler

03:04

to like put in like they have the hollow

03:06

space or whatever here or here does that

03:08

does that well I look at the plastic

03:10

surgery thing now and it's kind of crazy

03:12

I mean maybe this just reflects my age

03:14

and my generation but

03:16

I see some people with wearing so much

03:19

dark eye makeup plus they're getting the

03:21

cheekbone inserts they look like

03:23

skeletons now that's not yeah I really

03:26

listen everyone's got their taste

03:27

especially if they're really lean you

03:29

know and then but facial structure is

03:31

something that can be modified

03:33

um and so the having a chewing your food

03:35

chewing hard Foods is something we used

03:37

to do a lot more all this slurping down

03:39

of food and calories we know isn't good

03:42

from the Obesity side but it's also not

03:44

good from the Jaw structure teeth

03:46

structure face structure and it's all

03:48

related you know so that book Jaws is

03:50

amazing people can just look it up

03:52

online if they want to buy them but just

03:53

do um you know Jaws

03:55

um mouth structure face structure and

03:57

then just go images and you'll see these

03:59

pictures

04:00

and this was known in the 1800s there

04:03

was a book called shut your mouth by a

04:04

British Doctor Who talked about the fact

04:06

that people who snore

04:07

asleep like this and then during the

04:09

daytime they become mouth breathers he

04:11

said they become less attractive than

04:13

the people who are

04:14

um nose breathers yeah it's pretty

04:16

interesting yeah it's really interesting

04:19

and this is like a zero cost thing but

04:21

um it's not emphasized enough at all

04:23

yeah yeah I've heard this is crazy crazy

04:25

I mean I saw random things on like maybe

04:28

Tick Tock or Instagram of of uh people

04:30

who said yeah I started chewing this

04:32

thing or maybe it was a hard gum I

04:34

thought yeah yeah there's a hard gum

04:36

yeah and I was I thought that this was

04:37

some like uh I don't know just some Ploy

04:39

some like gimmick yeah to get some quick

04:42

money out of people but no this is legit

04:44

yeah yeah and there's a you know also

04:46

for avoiding orthodontia you know like

04:48

uh kids who chew hard food to have to

04:51

chew their food eating real food and

04:53

chewing their food not just peanut

04:54

butter you know slurping down food all

04:57

the time they using their jaw and their

04:59

teeth they have really nice teeth in

05:00

fact the argument was made and there's a

05:02

you know animals in the animal kingdom

05:04

have beautiful teeth structure you don't

05:06

see the the messed up teeth the

05:09

beautiful teeth structure and they don't

05:10

wear braces but they're tearing flesh

05:13

and they're doing their thing we brought

05:14

this up before you look at like

05:15

mummified people from like way back in

05:17

the day their teeth are always like

05:18

pretty good yeah and like they're not

05:20

they don't have all crazy they're not

05:22

eating sugar at the same rate stuff like

05:23

that but those are the elites bro you

05:25

know Olivia's got chewing on Bones and

05:28

things like that well and if people

05:29

think this sounds like kind of like

05:31

actually wait that makes sense they were

05:32

probably the ones eating the best food

05:34

the ones having to chew on meat because

05:36

it was the rich people that are going to

05:37

be able to get that meat because I don't

05:38

think they were mummifying everybody

05:39

right I mean like people like the bog

05:41

man that like is in you know England

05:43

that got frozen in like some boss oh

05:45

okay even he has yeah like their teeth

05:47

are not in the way the American teeth

05:48

are now so then why did why did humans

05:51

start losing their teeth there's like

05:52

the this nice structure you mean yeah

05:54

like you even look back at you know old

05:56

presidents and stuff like that like

05:57

George Washington and all fake teeth

05:59

like what did he start ingesting that's

06:00

getting rid of well I think back then

06:02

the problem was that you know there was

06:04

no I mean Dental Care is still a good

06:06

idea yeah in fact bacteria in the teeth

06:09

and not I'm terrible about floss maybe

06:11

sugar too sugar and also people not

06:13

flossing I mean flossing and you know

06:17

flossing into care actually improves

06:20

heart health this is not pseudoscience

06:21

yeah I've heard that because if you have

06:23

bacteria living in your mouth right and

06:25

starting to take residence in your mouth

06:26

and they get into your system it can

06:28

cause issues for the rest of your body I

06:30

mean we of course operate it as a whole

06:32

system

06:33

um you know I'm pretty bad about

06:34

flossing I was one of these kids had

06:36

tons of cavities it was just and I took

06:39

decent brush twice a day I don't know

06:41

are any of you three times a day

06:42

brushers

06:43

people they always impress me they're

06:45

brushing their teeth after lunch yeah

06:46

it's not me either

06:48

um you know flossing and brushing

06:50

definitely good to keep bacteria out but

06:53

it's amazing what you know chewing your

06:55

food really well yeah will do for a

06:58

facial structure

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