The Top 10 Reasons to Breathe Yourself to Better Health.
If you have watched American Idol, The Voice or any other singing competition show, you’ve noticed that the contestants never seem to run out of breath. Why? Because they are breathing the right way.
Breathing the right way: Seems pretty simple, right? But most people have forgotten how to breathe correctly. You think that since you are alive, you are breathing. You are correct, of course,… but are you getting the most benefit out of each breath you take? (Click to Tweet) With today’s busy lifestyle, and the need for speed, people have forgotten how to take a step back and smell the roses. Also, with the amount of pollution that is in the air we seem to get less oxygen with each breath.
There are many benefits to correctly breathing that most people take for granted. So what are some of the benefits for breathing correctly? Below are the main benefits:
- Deep breathing helps to make one calmer. Many people who meditate use breathing exercises to get into a deeper thought process, and are more relaxed.
- Deep breathing will help to detoxify your body (Click to Tweet) in general. “Our bodies are designed to release 70 percent of its toxins through breathing.” Breathing gets rid of carbon dioxide; it expels this natural toxic waste.
- Deep breathing can help relieve pain… just ask any mother about giving birth.
- Deep breathing can and does make one feel better or happier.
- Deep breathing can help stimulate your lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system is responsible for getting rid of dead cells and other waste products.
- Deep breathing is definitely good for our cardiovascular system and helps to give us more energy.
- Deep breathing helps our digestive system to work better.
- Deep breathing helps to improve circulation of blood. This can improve ones concentration ability by supplying more oxygen to the brain.
- Deep breathing can help to burn fat more efficiently. (Click to Tweet)
- Deep breathing can help one to sleep much better.
So, what can you do to improve your deep breathing? Follow the example of your favorite singing show contestants or remember the words of your choir instructor – use your diaphragm! When you deep breathe, you should not feel your chest or rib cage expand much at all. Instead, you should feel your diaphragm, located at the bottom of your rib cage, rise and fall.
Here are some tips on learning to breathe right:
- Put your right hand on your chest and left hand down on your abdomen.
- Inhale slowly through your nose. Take about 3 to 5 seconds to do this. When you do this, you should feel your hand on your abdomen rise up.
- Exhale through your mouth for about 5 to 8 seconds. As you do this, you should feel your left hand on your abdomen slowly go down.
- You shouldn’t feel much movement of your right hand, which is on your chest.
Practice these exercises 3 to 5 minutes per day or better yet – 2-3 times per day. Although I can’t promise you that you will be the next American Idol, I can promise you that after some practice, you will become more aware of how you are breathing and see some real health benefits.
Breathe healthy my friends!
Dr. David Starkey D.C.
May 6, 2015
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians