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Breathing Your Way to Better Health

Updated on May 17, 2012

© 2012 Katina Davenport

Stop what you are doing and take a deep. Inhale slowly through the nose, fill up the lungs, and exhale through your mouth. Now repeat. This is called a deep breathing exercise. Most of us are shallow breathers, meaning we only breathe from our chest. This does not promote proper oxygenation throughout our body and so other organs, such as the heart will have to work overtime to deliver oxygen throughout the body. Deep breathing is a quick and easy way to feel revived after a long day at work or a quick way to relieve tension. In one of my articles Detox Your Body, Detox Your Life I explain how to effectively detox your body to obtain a healthier lifestyle. Participating in a deep breathing exercise is a way to detox as well. When you inhale deeply and exhale you release carbon dioxide that has been passed along the bloodstream Along with detoxification here are other benefits to breathing deeply.

Weight Control

We all know that aerobic exercise is good for the body. The reason that aerobic exercise is good for the body is that it allows more oxygen to circulate. Deep breathing allows the body to be in a continual aerobic state. If you include deep breathing as part of your daily lifestyle you will see weight loss results.

Strengthens the Lungs

Practicing continual deep breathing allows for greater lung capacity. It increases stamina so that working out will become less strenuous. Dancing, singing, and aerobic activity becomes easier with greater lung capacity.

Improves Digestion

Deep breathing increases oxygenation to the digestive system. This will help digested food to move along efficiently in the digestive system.

Relives Tension

Practicing deep breathing during stressful situations has a calming effect as more oxygen is flowing to the brain. It works wonders for those with test anxiety.

Boosts Energy Levels

As the increase in oxygen flows throughout the body it nourishes the cells; improving cellular regeneration and boosting energy levels.

Including proper breathing in your daily lifestyle will take purposeful concentration to retrain yourself into deep breathing. With continued practice you will begin to see positive results from increased oxygen flow throughout the body. Even if you continually took deep breaths for 10 minutes twice a day you will notice increased energy, less tension, better weight control, and overall better health.


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      Rasna Aisha 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for the reminder davenstan, I am a shallow breather, I do need to practice deep breathing every now and then. :)

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      Kymberly Fergusson 5 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Good reminders! I tend not to breathe deeply enough, or evenly enough. Focusing on the breath helps with pain management too!

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I agree with you nifwlseirff.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      Thanks everyone. If by any chance if anyone is practicing deep breathing let us know your results.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I have been a shallow breather. Breathing deeply has allowed me to feel more energetic.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      This is the essence of PRANAYAMA as well

      Thanks for SHARING:)

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for this healthy tip. I needed it!

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      You are welcome rebeccamealey

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      You are very welcome.

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      VENKAT 5 years ago

      the article is really informative and everybody should

      follow the tips provide.those who have breathing problems

      they should read the article.

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      zubairakbar 5 years ago

      This article is really attractive and which shows how to breathe and what is the real feeling after breathing which is shown by this article

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      Rahul 5 years ago

      This is very nice and interesting article. It provide a better knowledge how to take breath and keep fresh on him.

      It provide a good feature of our health problem. Everyone follow this good tips for keeping the better health and fresh breath.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm going to try this out especially before my exercise sessions. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      Thanks! I am noticing a better workout performance from consistent deep breathing exercises. I can go for 30 minutes without being winded. I am working on getting up to 45 minutes.

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      sahniricky 5 years ago

      Good tips, I did try this and felt relieved. I must appreciate you for sharing this information, it is realy useful for anyone and everyone. Thanks again.

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      Hariharan 5 years ago

      Thank You davenstan. nice article to read. It Gives the shallow breathers to wake up what they are really doing bad. I had this habit too. Thank you once again

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      Anu 5 years ago

      This was a very good motivating article. Actually i am basically a shallow breather. But nw i understood more clearly about the exercises.

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      K.Punithavathi 5 years ago

      very useful and healthy article for each and everyone

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      Geetha 5 years ago

      goodpost ! Useful for daily.

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      Sidh 5 years ago

      Deep breathing is very powerful tool in ones hands. Actually I recently started implementing it in my day to day life and have experienced the benefits of it. It mainly helps in being active and in maintaining body posture to a greater extent. It is very simple and can be practiced at any point of time.

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