When was the last time you thought about breathing?
Unless you just ran a race or have a bad cold, you probably take breathing for granted and don’t give it a second thought. Isn’t it interesting how something so critical to life goes on without you even thinking about it?
“ For breath is life, so if you breathe well you will live long on earth.”
The breath is the most vital process of the body. It influences the activities of each and every cell and, most importantly, is intimately linked to the performance of the brain.
Did you know that an average person takes between 17,280 and 23,040 breaths a day?
Although breathing is mainly an unconscious process, conscious control of it may be taken at any time.
How many conscious deep breaths do you take per day?
Most people breathe incorrectly, using only a small part of their lung capacity.
Poor and shallow breathing results in a lack of oxygen at the cellular level, meaning that we are more prone to chronic pain, mental and physical suffering, disease and cancer. In fact, if you’ve experienced back pain, sleeping difficulties, anxiety, depression or digestive issues, chances are you are breathing poorly.
Focusing on your own breathing can have a significant impact on your well-being and stress levels, awakening your mind and body while also lowering blood pressure and reducing anxiety.
Here are eleven big health reasons why you should start thinking about the way you breathe!
- STIMULATES BRAIN HEALTH AND GROWTH:
When controlled deep breathing is practiced, it can actually increase the size of the brain.
- DECREASES STRESS LEVELS:
If your breathing is shallow, your body is probably in “fight” mode, reacting to stress. Taking a few minutes per day to sit quietly and focus on your breathing will help your body to achieve a state of calmness.
- INCREASES MUSCLE:
Breathing is the oxygenation process for all of the cells in your body. With a better supply of oxygen to the brain this helps to grow more muscles in your body.
- REDUCES ANXIETY & NEGATIVE EMOTIONS:
Many of us have felt short of breath during times of panic or stress. This is the body’s natural reaction to a perceived threat. Focusing on breathing can help to relieve anxiety, symptoms of depression and other negative emotions.
- DECREASES BLOOD PRESSURE:
Taking slow, deep breaths for just a few minutes a day will help to lower your blood pressure.
- INCREASES LIFE SPAN:
Ancient yogis have noticed that animals with slow breathing rates such as pythons, elephants and tortoises have longer life spans then fast breathing ones such as birds, dogs or rabbits which live for only few years. From this observation, they concluded that by taking slow and deep breaths you could increase your lifespan and slow down the aging process.
- STRENGHTENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM:
The more oxygen you get, the stronger your immune system is. Deep breathing exercises can encourage the body to initiate healing and improves immune cells’ function in fighting disease.
- 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 clearing your body of its toxins.
- IMPROVES BLOOD QUALITY:
Deep breathing removes all the carbon dioxide and increases oxygen in the blood and thus increases blood quality.
- STRENGHTENS THE LUNGS:
The lungs are the main organ utilized for breathing, and they are the most important part of the human respiratory system. It’s extremely important to have strong and healthy lungs.
- IMPROVES THE NERVOUS SYSTEM:
The human nervous system needs oxygen to sustain its functioning. Practicing deep breathing exercises regularly can improve your normal nervous system.
Are you convinced? So when are you going to start deep and slow breathing exercises?
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