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 healthdiscovery.com, 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-Jimmink — TriEx Wellness Manager and Yoga Teacher