“A Breath Of Fresh Air…” Sounds like a cliché to most people yet, oftentimes a lot of people forget how it is to breathe properly, in this article we shall give you a brief and concise technique on how to learn to breathe properly. Improper breathing habit actually causes adverse effects, some of which are crucial and detrimental to our bodies when we are exposed to it for a long time:
* Effects to The Nervous System – an improper breathing pattern causes stress and tension to our bodies which has an escalating effect on the nervous system
* Effects to The Pulmonary System – Air Passes through our pulmonary tract, hence our air passages and lungs are first to be affected by improper breathing; it causes air travel to be harder making our pulmonary system work over time.
* Effects To Our Cardio-vascular System – Dysfunctional Breathing pattern causes blood vessels to constrict which can lead to High Blood Pressure and our Hearts Pumping More Blood (working hard)
* Effects to our energy production – oxygen is a very important component in our bodies ability to produce more energy; it is needed to burn the calories and make our cells work properly, when less oxygen is delivered to our cells, it gets stressed and prioritize survival over development resulting to low levels of energy and expedited aging / lowering of our metabolic age (you might be 25 years of age yet your metabolic age can be of 50 years old).
Given those statements, fresh air and proper breathing has many benefits including but not limited to:
- Improvement of concentration/clarity of mind
- Soothes the nerves giving a sense of happiness / well being by means of increased production of serotonin (the happy hormone)
- Helps circulate blood properly
- Increased metabolism and induces sound sleep
Let’s Qualify how “breathing properly” is; although breathing for us is automatic: breathing habits per se are not. We can actually change our breathing habits through continuous practice and it is not that complicated:
- Breathe In through the nose – Air Should pass through your nose to filter those impurities, be kind to your lungs, breathe to your nose always, if not most of the time
- Breathe Deeply – Deep breathing “literally” helps your other organs as well, when you breathe deep and with the diaphragm, it massages your other internal organs as well (like liver, stomach, intestines. Your lymphatic system also benefits from deep breathing, it is the system most responsible for our immune system.
- Breathe Relax – Don’t be in a hurry, since breathing is one reflection of our emotions, breathing relaxed actually helps control in a way our state of mind and emotion.
- Breathe Rhythmically – The world follows a common pattern, a rhythm: so is our breathing. Learning to breathe rhythmically helps put our bodies attuned which in turns help our bodily function work in harmony as well.
- Breathe Silently – Breathing with loud sound sends a signal to the brain that something is wrong, making the brain release stress hormones that will try to find and address what is wrong, example: coughing and sneezing.
- Breathe Out Through The Mouth – While we need to filter through our nose the air that we breathe in, air moving out of our lungs are considered bodily waste and needs optimum excretion. The mouth has lesser filters compared to the nose so excretion of this air waste is optimum if done through the mouth.
Oxygen is the most essential element needed by men and animals, a normal healthy person cannot live without it in over 3 minutes. Fresh air accompanied by proper breathing benefits one’s body a lot. A lack of fresh air is actually a significant factor that causes numerous illnesses and acute diseases suffered by millions of people today.