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A Breathe of fresh air

November 29 2013

By Debra Meszaros Body Performance Coach @ CLUBMX

What are the signs of over breathing?

How does your breathe affect your body performance?

What’s more important to the body, oxygen or CO2?

Sometimes what we think is reality is actually an illusion; for many, our beliefs about breathing have been leading to conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, anxiety, sleep apnea, fatigue, mood disorders, snoring, and even ADHD.

Is it better to take a deep breath or a smooth, relaxed breath?

To improve oxygenation to your cells, tissues, organs, and most importantly your brain, proper breathing is vital. Surprisingly, it is not totally about the quantity of air; it is about the balance of CO2 and oxygen. How you balance them is through a method called Buteyko breathing method, breathing through your nose.

Although you may have a belief that your body automatically knows how to breathe, it is the negative influences of stress, lack of exercise, and processed foods that have developed improper breathing methods. If you are breathing through your mouth, you are breathing incorrectly.

Your nose is where you’ll find nitric oxide, a gas that maintains a healthy balance in your body. Its antibacterial ability to neutralize bacteria and other germs makes it the first line of defense for your immune system, its ability to widen blood vessels decreases blood pressure, and it dilates bronchi/bronchioles to increase airflow in the lungs. When you have nasal and sinus congestion, you are often forced to breathe through your mouth. This is one of the reasons dairy has a negative effect on the body, as it often is the cause of congestion.

Breathing deeply through your mouth is not the same as through your nose; through the mouth you loose too much CO2 from your lungs. When this happens you become light-headed. The heavier you breathe through your mouth, the less oxygen is delivered to your body; forcing red blood cells to hold on to oxygen instead of distributing it. During high intensity exercise the spleen releases more red blood cells into circulation because it senses a drop in oxygen. The kidneys also respond by releasing a hormone to stimulate red blood cell production from bone marrow. Heavy breathing disturbs the balance of blood gases, especially CO2, which has beneficial affects on the body. It relaxes smooth muscles surrounding blood vessels, so too little CO2 constricts your airways. You will usually breathe heavier to compensate and loose even more CO2.

Train your body to have normal tolerance of CO2

Re-programming your brain to be relaxed through nose breathing, helps to maintain proper breathing during exercise and even times of stress. You can train your body to have a normal tolerance of CO2 through light, smooth breathing. Train it to use less oxygen through the Buteyko breathing method. When athletes concentrate on their breathing during rest, it improves breathing during exercise. The Buteyko breathing method is a powerful body performance tool for even those who are not athletes. Resetting the body back to its original programming, can have benefits for all!

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