The Anatomy of Breathing

How Breathing Works
Fresh oxygen is exchanged in the lungs for carbon dioxide. This function is vital to life. Breathing oxygenates every cell in the body, to and from and every vital organ including the brain. Sometimes during pain, anxiety, or during deep thought, people can begin to breathe in a shallower manner. This results in less oxygen being exchanged for carbon dioxide, making less oxygen available to vital tissues and organs of the body. According to, without enough oxygen, the body becomes susceptible to health problems.

How Breathing Affects our Bodies
Breath is literally our life force. Oxygen feeds every part of the body. Breathing deeply and slowly will relax you, while instantly sending powerful doses of oxygen to the brain and every single cell of the body. Deep breathing raises blood oxygen levels stimulating the digestive system, improving fitness and mental performance.

Three Breathing Exercises
The stimulating breath is taking several quick breaths in a row through your nose. Only do this for up to 15 seconds. For the relaxing breath (4-7-8) exercise, exhale through your mouth, close the mouth, inhale through the nose to a count of 4, hold the breath for a count of 7, and exhale through the mouth for a count of 8. This is one breath cycle.

A third relaxation exercise is breath counting. Count “one” to yourself as you exhale, “two” on the following exhale, “three” on the next exhale, and so on up to five. Don’t count past five. To begin a new cycle, start at one again.

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Sarah O’Connell-JimminkTriEx Wellness Manager and Yoga Teacher

Safety Article — April 2012

Air Quality  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” as the saying goes.

While now is a good time to be thinking about flu shots and boosting our immune systems against the threat of winter colds and flu’s, we also need to be paying attention to the environment we live and work in. With many workplaces relocated to temporary premises, not originally designed for the current use, maintaining good air quality and ventilation in the workplace is critical in reducing sick leave absences and maintaining productivity.

Effective ventilation is a combination of processes which result in the supply and removal of air from inside a building. These processes typically include bringing in outdoor air, conditioning and mixing the outdoor air with some portion of indoor air, distributing this air throughout the building, and exhausting some portion of the indoor air outside. The quality of indoor air may deteriorate when one or more of these processes is inadequate.

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