Breathing correctly is not only important for living longer, but also to have a good mood and keep performing at your best. Below are some the benefits of deep breathing and why you should make it part of your everyday living.
1. Breathing Improves the Quality of Blood
Deep breathing removes all the carbon dioxide and increases oxygen in the blood and thus increases blood quality.
2. Breathing Strengthens the Immune System
Oxygen travels through your bloodstream by attaching to hemoglobin in your red blood cells. This in turn then enriches your body to metabolize nutrients and vitamins.
3. Breathing Releases Tension
Think how your body feels when you are tense, angry, scared or stressed. It constricts. Your muscles get tight and your breathing becomes shallow. When your breathing is shallow you are not getting the amount of oxygen that your body needs.
4. Breathing Relieves Pain.
You may not realize its connection to how you think, feel and experience life. For example, what happens to your breathing when you anticipate pain? You probably hold your breath. Yet studies show that breathing into your pain helps to ease it.
5. Breathing Massages Your Organs
Diaphragm movement during your breathing exercise massages the stomach, small intestine, liver and pancreas. The upper movement of the diaphragm also massages the heart. When you inhale air, your diaphragm descends and your abdomen will expand. By this action you massage vital organs and improves circulation in them.
6. Breathing Increases Digestion and Assimilation
Deep breathing allows organs such as the stomach and the intestines receive more oxygenated blood, and thus operates more efficiently. This makes digestion and assimilation easier.
7. Breathing Assists in Weight Control
If you are overweight, the additional oxygen helps increase your metabolic rate and burn excess fat more efficiently. If you are underweight, additional oxygen helps feed starving cells.
8. Breathing Increases Muscle
Deep breathing helps us maintain a more calm state and curbs the release of stress hormones like cortisol which signals the body to store fat instead of feed muscle. Controlled breathing also strengthens and tones your abdominal muscles.
9. Breathing Elevates Moods
Deep breathing increases pleasure-inducing neuro chemicals in the brain, which elevates mood and combat physical pain
10. Breathing Improves the Nervous System
The brain, spinal cord, and nerves receive increased oxygenation and are more nourished. This improves the health of the whole body, since the nervous system communicates to all parts of the body.
How to Breathe Properly
In order to breathe properly you need to breathe deeply into your abdomen, not just your chest. Even in ancient Greece and Rome, doctors recommended deep breathing - the voluntary holding of air in the lungs, believing that this exercise cleansed the system of impurities and gave strength.
Breathing exercises should be deep, slow, rhythmic, and through the nose, not through the mouth. The most important parts of deep breathing has to be regulating your breaths three to four seconds in, and three to four seconds out.
Basic Breathing Technique
- Inhale through your nose, expanding your belly, then fill your chest. Do this while counting to 5
- Hold the oxygen in your belly and lungs. Do this while counting to 3
- Exhale thoroughly from slightly parted mouth. Do this while counting to 5
This simply breathing method will help all your cells release old waste and toxic energy. For more benefits of breathing and more information on other breathing techniques, visit Breathing Basics at www.doasone.com and Benefits of Breathing at www.onepowerfulword.com.