Breathing Your Way to Better Health
© 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.
More of the Benefits of Deep Breathing
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.
Deep breathing increases oxygenation to the digestive system. This will help digested food to move along efficiently in the digestive system.
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.