What is Breathing ?
Deep breathing also known by the names of diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing, and paced respiration. When you breathe deeply, the air coming in through your nose fills your lungs completely, and then the lower belly rises. Breathing correctly is not only important for longer life but also to have a good mood and keep performing at your best.
How to Take Breathe Properly ?
Breathe deeply into your abdomen, not just your chest. Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmic and done through the nose, not the mouth. Each breath should ideally last three to four seconds breathing in and three to four seconds breathing out. Deep full breaths that fill your lungs use your diaphragm. When you breathe deeply your diaphragm muscle pulls your lungs down, so that they expand and so that you can really circulate oxygen down into the whole lung.
Deep breathing is one of the easiest ways to improve your health dramatically that you can easily do from anywhere, at any time. It costs nothing and takes very little effort. Take a little time each day to practice it and it will greatly reward your efforts.
Here are some benefits of deep breathing and why one have to make it part of their everyday living.
1. Detoxifies and Releases Toxins
Your body is designed to release 70% of its toxins through breathing. If you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly making your body out of its toxins i.e. other systems in your body must work overtime which will ultimately lead to illness. When you exhale air from your body you release carbon dioxide that has been passed through from your bloodstream into your lungs. Carbon dioxide is a natural waste of your body’s metabolism.
2. 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.
3. Relaxes the Mind/Body and Brings Clarity
Oxygenation of the brain reducing excessive anxiety levels. Paying attention to your breathing. Breathe slowly, deeply and purposefully into your body. Observe any places that are tight and breathe into them. As you relax your body, you can find that the breathing brings clarity and insights to you as well.
4. Relieves Emotional Problems
Breathing helps to clear uneasy feelings out of your body.
5. Strengthens the Immune System
Oxygen travels through your bloodstream by attaching to haemoglobin in your RBC’s. This in turn enriches your body to metabolise nutrients and vitamins.
6. Improves Quality of the Blood Deep
Breathing removes all the carbon-dioxide and increases oxygen in the blood and thus increases blood quality.
7. 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, because the nervous system communicates to all parts of the body.
8. Proper Breathing makes the Heart Stronger
Breathing exercises reduce the workload on the heart in two ways. Firstly, deep breathing leads to more efficient lungs, which means more oxygen, is brought into contact with blood sent to the lungs by the heart. So, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to deliver oxygen to the tissues. Secondly, deep breathing leads to a greater pressure differential in the lungs, which leads to an increase in the circulation, thus resting the heart a little.
9. Proper Breathing assists in Weight Control
If you are overweight, the extra oxygen burns up the excess fat more efficiently. If you are underweight, the extra oxygen feeds the starving tissues and glands.
10. Deep Breathing improves your digestion
More oxygen is supplied to the digestive organs and thereby helping them to work more efficiently. Deeper breathing also results in an increased blood flow, which in the digestive tract encourages intestinal action and will further improve your overall digestion. In addition, deeper breathing results in a calmer nervous system which in turn also enhances optimal digestion.
11. Other benefits of deep breathing
Deep breathing helps you to sleep better.
Deep breathing lowers blood pressure.
Deep breathing increases circulation.
Breathing Boosts Energy levels and Improves Stamina.