Breathing Exercise for Better Health

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Breathing for Relaxation

Some of us try to do deep breathing when we want to relax. Unfortunately, most of us do not really know how to breathe deeply. We do not know how to release the unnecessary tension in our belly, back and ribs. Emphasize and lengthen your exhalation. The long exhalation helps turn on your parasympathetic nervous system – your “relaxation
response.” There’s nothing to do except to make sure your exhalation is longer than your inhalation. Don’t worry about the inhalation; it will take care of itself. This breathing exercise can be undertaken safely whenever you feel stress coming on.

Breathing Exercises can Reduce Headaches Normally we switch nostrils every 90 minutes. This “ultradian rhythm,” is related to the dominant functioning of the brain hemispheres. Breathing through one nostril then the other can cause headaches. Lie down on your side with the congested nostril up, and continue to breathe through the nose. This forces the upper nostril to dominate. If you have a headache, trying this for 15 or 20 minutes can often bring relief.

Breathing, Hyperventilation and Anxiety

Many of us habitually “hyper-ventilate”. We take quick, shallow breaths from the top of our chest. This reduces the level of carbon dioxide in our blood, causing the arteries, including the carotid artery going to the brain, to constrict, reducing the flow of blood. This causes our brain and body to experience a shortage of oxygen. The brain responds to lack of oxygen by activating the sympathetic nervous system “fight or flight reflex”. We become tense, anxious, and irritable. We become unable to think clearly.

Slowing down our breathing and breathing more deeply, using our diaphragm, belly, rib cage, and lower back in the breathing process, reduces anxiety.

Diaphragmatic Breathing can Help your Heart:

When our face muscles become tense and our eyes lock onto one focal point too long, diaphragmatic movement during breathing decreases. This results in shallow breathing and means that we’re taking in less oxygen. By learning deep, diaphragmatic breathing, according to research, we can help our heart. It decreases the lymph flow in our body, thus reducing the effectiveness of our immune system and stressing your heart.

Conscious Breathing for Relaxation and Pain Reduction

Bringing our attention to our breathing during meditation brings many benefits. Such mindful breathing helps us release peptide molecules from the hind brain to regulate breathing while unifying body systems. Simply follow your breathing mindfully. Embrace life by breathing deeply. Take a few minutes several times a day to relax.

Digestive Breathing

Deep belly breathing can help promote digestion. As you breathe in, sense that you are breathing energy gently into your expanding belly. As you are breathing out, sense your belly naturally contracting. Do not use force. Work in this way with your breathing for at least five minutes after each meal, or any time you have digestive problems. In order for digestion to occur, circulation and blood flow in the stomach is crucial. Allow your body to heal itself.