8 Things You Didn’t Know About Breathing, But Should

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We all know that we need to breathe in order stay alive.Delivering oxygen to the organs is essential to keep us alive. We can survive for long periods of time without food, but only a few minutes without breathing! But how much do we actually know about breathing? Here are top 8 things you didn’t know about breathing, but you should:

1. Breathing can be controlled by the autonomic nervous system

Breathing is the only autonomous system of the body that can be consciously modified.Normal respiratory frequency in adults is 12 breaths per min, but in deep breathing, this rate is reduced to about 4 to 6 breaths per minute. Asthmatics and people who hyperventilate have a breathing rate of more than 20 breaths per minute.

2. Our breath is an indicator of our overall state of being

Our mood is an indicator of our breath.When our mood changes so do our breath. You can change your feelings and state of mind just by changing your breathing.

3. Breathing pattern disorders

Hyperventilation also called over breathing or fast breathing, is a breathing pattern disorder caused by over breathing. 10 % of people in the world suffer from hyperventilation syndrome. People who hyperventilate often suffer from anxiety. The dysfunctional breathing pattern is the tendency to breathe in the upper thorax.

4. 70% of our body’s waste products are eliminated via our lungs

The lungs eliminate 70% of the finer toxins excreted by the body and the rest through the urine, skin, and feces.

5. Breathing slowly can reduce your appetite

In order to slim down, all you need to do is breathe better.Breathing more slowly can reduce your appetite. Deep, slow breathing can help to improve your cardiovascular health, mental control, emotional stability, physical strength, your ability to digest food, your energy levels, your reproductive health and well as your ability to regenerate body tissues at a cellular level.

6. Proper breathing can increase your running efficiency

Your breath can improve your ability to run longer and faster.Proper breathing can help you run longer with less effort. The most common problems in runners are: exercised induced hyperventilation and dysfunctional breathing pattern. Be sure to inhale through the nose and exhale through your mouth.

7. Mouth breathing

Many people have a tendency to breathe through the mouth instead of the nose. Breathing through the mouth has negative health implications. Mouth breathing can contribute to the following: bad breath, night-time urination, snoring, sleep apnea and a misaligned bite.

8. Your breath helps create a calm state of mind

Deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange. It can slow the heartbeat and lower or stabilize blood pressure. It has many health benefits: it detoxifies and releases toxins, releases tension, relaxes the mind/body and brings clarity, relieves emotional problems, and strengthens the immune system.

8 Things You Didn't Know About Breathing, But Should