On average, we take over 23,000 breaths per day. Breathing is one of the most powerful levers that influences our health on many levels. Nasal breath affords us the correct physiological pH in our bodies, diminishes stress, promotes better sleep, energizes our body, improves mental clarity, and elevates our mood.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) allows the release of oxygen from the hemoglobin in red blood cells to become metabolized by the body. When we over-breathe, too much CO2 is exhaled resulting in decreased oxygen uptake, altered body pH, diminished circulation, & overall fatigue. By practicing Buteyko Breathing techniques, we can normalize our body's tolerance to CO2 , learn to breathe lightly through our nose, & improve sleep quality.
Breathing plays a crucial role in regulating stress levels and our autonomic nervous system. We can tap into our parasympathetic nervous state or “rest & digest“ with slow diaphragmatic breathing. This activates our vagus nerve, the largest of our cranial nerves that is responsible for transmitting sensory information between many organs and our brain. The health of our vagus nerve is critical as it plays a key role in the repair and recovery of our body.
Restoring our overall body posture offers us a strong foundation upon which we can maximize the efficiency of our breathing and our airway. By utilizing specific mobility and resistance exercises, clients can discover how to stabilize their lumbar spine, strengthen their core & diaphragm muscles, improve lymphatic drainage, and increase their lung capacity. Once the ribcage, diaphragm and pelvis are working in concert, we begin to truly breathe deeply.
Did you know that the quantity of air you breathe has an influence on your whole body and your health? We assume that the body automatically knows how to breathe properly, but unfortunately breathing is a learned behaviour, naturally woven into our lives. It is affected by unhealthy diets, chronic stress, asthma, anxiety, strong emotions, our modern environment and lifestyle. When we breathe through our nose, the air is filtered of viruses and pathogens, it is not only warmed & humidified, but also stimulates the production of nasal nitric oxide gas (NO). This mighty gas aids in immune defence and acts a vasodilator thereby keeping our blood vessels and arteries healthy to prevent high blood pressure. With every nasal breath we take, NO gas travels into our lungs and acts a a bronchodilator, opening up our bronchioles and improving blood-oxygen gas exchange. The greatest concentration of blood in the lungs is in the lower lobes. Breathing nasally slows down the air as it is drawn deeper into our lungs, forcing the diaphragm to contract against resistance which redistributes the blood from the lower part of the lungs to the upper lobes. This essentially enhances oxygen uptake in the body. If we mouth breathe, we bypass all of these benefits!
Although many people believe that breathing more air increases oxygen content in cells, this is simply not true. Calm nasal breath affords us the correct balance of carbon dioxide (CO2), the gas that
allows the bond between oxygen and hemoglobin to be broken, enabling the release, transport & delivery of O2 to our muscles, tissues and organs. When we breathe through our nose, as opposed to our mouth, we can keep more CO2 inside, as the volume of air we take in through the nose is far less than thorough the mouth! This results in 10-20% more O2 uptake in our bodies. With slow diaphragmatic breathing, we can balance our autonomic nervous system and access our parasympathetic state where we can repair our body and relax our minds. When we breathe in excess of our metabolic requirements, or mouth breathe for instance, we disturb the normal physiological balance of the body, resulting in too little carbon dioxide to be present in our blood and tissues. This creates fatigue both at rest and during exercise. The beauty of our breath is that we have the power to change it. Simply by retraining our body to breathe slowly, lightly, and deeply, we can bring our bodies from a state of stress or sympathetic dominance, to a one of calmness & relaxation.
Breathe Nasally To Promote Recovery of Your Body!