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Deep Breathing & Health Benefits

Updated on December 8, 2012
A Breath of Fresh Air Strengthens the Body
A Breath of Fresh Air Strengthens the Body

The Power of Deep Breathing

Most humans are shallow breathers. Shallow breathing causes premature aging. To breathe is to live. Without air we cannot exist for a few minutes. Did you know that the way you breathe and use your lungs controls your health, looks, the way you feel and keep you resistance to diseases?

Deep breathing is high vibration living and very few live at this rate which the human body is capable. Deep breathers are full of energy and never tire. They perform mental and physical tasks with out strain or tension. The more oxygen you can breathe into your lungs the more energy you will have. When you take in your full amount of oxygen, you will be able to get your second wind. The second wind is what makes that great athlete, great singer, great writer or dancer and so on. When you learn to use the full capacity of your lungs through deep breathing, you will experience a great stimulation of the second wind.

Did you know that with proper breathing can assist you in weight control if you’re over weight? The extra oxygen you breathe in burns up the excess fat more efficiently.


Do You Know How to Breathe Properly?

Natural breathing involves your diaphragm, a large muscle in your abdomen. When you breathe in your belly should expand. When you breathe out your belly should fall. If you are new to the practicing of deep breathing 1-2 minutes may feel like a long time. You should breathe only as deep as is comfortable for you.

Sit or stand in a comfortable position with one hand on your abdomen. As you breathe in, feel your abdomen expand. Exhale through your nose and exhaling deeply enough to allow the hand resting on your abdomen to come back down. You can continue to do these 2-5 minutes. With practice and time you will be able to do longer intervals.

With deep breathing your brain becomes alert because it stimulates the higher brain cells which help one to think more clearly. Also your nervous system will function much better and you will become freer from tension and strain.

Overall the practice of deep breathing relaxes the mind and body. It can strengthen the immune system and make a stronger heart.

The way you breathe is the way you live. When you breathe deep and full you live more deeply and fully.

Breathe Deep Live Well!


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      Wehilani 2 years ago

      I need help with a conclusion parargaph?I am typing an essay on Italians, and need help on the conclusion parargaph.Here is the essay:ItaliansItalians are warm, welcoming people, who love to relax, celebrate, and socialize with family and friends. Their celebration and relaxation usually takes place around a dinner table at a restaurant or at home, so they can enjoy the traditions of Italian cuisine. Italians have a strong passion for eating, but also enjoy talking.In Italy, conversation is considered an art form. If you were to walk the streets of Italy, or stop at a cafe9, you would notice people of all ages engaged in intense and animated discussions on a wide variety of topics, ranging from family, work, politics, gossip, food, drinks, and sports, especially soccer.From the largest cities, to the most rural of villages, there is one place that will always remain as the central meeting point of Italian culture- the Piazza ( meaning square ). No matter how big or small the Piazza is, you will always see people sitting, strolling, walking, talking, and interacting with one another. Piazzas are also the main focal points for festivals, gatherings, celebrations, and political events.To real Italians, lunch is a 1-2 hour affair with traditionally a two to three course meal, which explains why most places halt for two hours of the day. Stores shut down, banks close, and all of the streets are empty. At around 2 o’clock, people start to emerge from their houses and populate the streets again until around 19:30 when it’s time for dinner. After dinner, the streets come to life again as Italians stroll around the piazza to work off their meal or head off for their evening engagement. Italian food is high in the ranks of most delicious, richest, and most varied of all cooking, with dishes for every occasion. Their food plays a huge role in their life and culture. Every region has their specialty, not only pasta, but all varieties of meat and fish are cooked to old, handed down recipes, mouth watering puddings, and of course, nobody can beat their ice creams. Shopping may not be a national past time, but it is taken very seriously in Italy. The major cities, like Rome, Milan, Florence, are full of the most wonderful shops selling everything from designer clothes to the newest and hippest furniture to be found anywhere in the world. Milan has its furniture fair every year and furniture makers from far and wide will go there to see what is happening at the leading edge of furniture design. Leather is also a good buy in Italy, Italians know their leather and the finest gloves, shoes, jackets, and bags are worn by virtually all Italians. They glory in being chic, and are generally always beautifully turned out. Sports are a very important passion in the lives of many Italians. Football, being their main passion, with hundreds of football clubs with top soccer teams playing for their country. Volleyball is also much enjoyed as is rugby, with the rugby team playing for the European Challenge Cup. Italians place more value on the simple things in life ( family, community, enjoying a Tuscan sunset ) rather than the material things most westerners covet. There are plenty of happy farmers in Italy who want no more than to share a meal with others in their community. The Italian Language is a romance language, spoken as a native language by about 70 million people in Italy, San Marino, and parts of Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia, and France. Italian is based on the Tuscan dialect, which beforehand was only available to upper class Florentine society. Unlike other romance languages, Italian retains Latin’s contrast between short and long consonants. In particular, among the Romance languages, Italian is the closest to Latin in terms of vocabulary.

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      Cathleen 2 years ago

      Thanks for writing such an ean-oty-understasd article on this topic.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Breath is life so it makes sense to breathe deeply and correctly.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I agree with your statement, "The way you breathe is the way you live." I tend to be a shallow breather, so I am glad I read your hub because it reminds me that I need to be more aware of how I breathe.

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      catmalone 5 years ago

      Thanks billybuc I appreciate your comment. I learn over the years when stress out, I would practice this technique of deep breathing and it help calmed my nerves and relax me.

      I am enjoying hubpages. I know I still have a lot to learn as a writer, but I’m willing to take on any challenge and grow within the community of wonderful writers. Its people like yourself who encourage us to keep going and never give up as a writer and we appreciate your knowledge and help along our journey.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is important information, and it is something I learned late in life. Deep breathing helps with stress, and it helps in general health. Great information here my friend.

      I hope you are enjoying HP so far; if I can be of any help, drop me a line and I'll do what I can. :)