Change Your Breathing, Change Your Life..
Breathing is something we all do without really even thinking about it. It is part of our survival and we really only take notice of it when someone reminds us of our breathing or something is obstructing it– like stress or a health issue.
Breathing, when controlled, can have all sorts of health improving impacts. It is undoubtedly a mental game and learning to incorporate healthy breathing techniques might not be too easy. No one is a guru in one night. But think of the self-control you will gain by learning how to harness your breath and turn that power into smooth calculated breaths.
When you are breathing right, your heart rate is healthier, there is less stress on your body and you are able to do more because there is more oxygen in your body fueling you to go further; both mentally and physically.
A health newsletter from Harvard finds that the way we breathe can also be socially constructed. The desire for washboard abs and being thin force many to breathe shallowly and in their chest. Simply breathing like that adds to stress and anxiety just because you are not getting sufficient oxygen. Let those bellies hang out and breathe people!
Below are some interesting facts about breathing
1. Breathing has very little to do with oxygen. Air has 21% oxygen and the body only needs 5%. It’s all about Carbon Dioxide!
2. Breathing through the mouth can, over time, create a shrinking of the jaw – hence resulting in crooked teeth (or a relapse after having your braces removed).
3. Breathing through the mouth is the biggest cause for children developing a lisp when they talk.
4. Getting up during the night to urinate is most likely due to breathing with the mouth open. Breathing through the mouth causes the bladder to shrink, making one feel as though they need to head to the bathroom pronto!
5. The more you breathe (hyperventilation) the hungrier you will be and the more acidic the body will become.
6. You should only ever exercise to the intensity that you can keep your mouth closed.
7. We naturally change sides in our sleep approximately every 30 minutes, and this is mostly due to the balancing of the breath through each of the nostrils.
8. The nose has a 4 stage filtration system. By breathing into the mouth you go straight to stage 4. This easily results in sore throats, tonsillitis, and even ear infections.
9. Asthma is mostly misdiagnosed. It is often hereditary, and if you’re born with it, you will have it for life – however, through a breathing program and a change in external factors you can potentially be inhaler and steroid free for the remainder of your life!
10. Inhaling through the nose, and exhaling through the mouth messes with the balance of CO2 in the body. This results in a loss of CO2. Holding the breath can increase CO2, which will help to rebalance the PH level.
11. If the lungs were open flat they would cover the size of a tennis court!