What Happens When We Inhale and Exhale?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 10:55:49 AM ET
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The process of breathing performs a number of important gas exchanges through inhalation and exhalation. When someone inhales, they contract and move their diaphragm, which allows the lungs to expand. This is a part of the process needed to psychically suck in the air. When a person exhales, the diaphragm relaxes and the movement is undone. This allows air to be gradually pushed out of the lungs.

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