Benefits of Good Breathing

Benefits of Good Breathing

 

Knowing how to breathe also help us to control our emotions (anger included) and fears and keep a clear and sharp mind.

If our breathing is deep, slow and regular then our mind will reach a state of tranquillity and calm.

When we are upset or stressed our breathing becomes quick and shallow. Breathing deeply and slowly instantly calms us down mentally as well as physically.

Concentrating on our breathing, also helps us to live the present and feel alive.

Very often our mind is thinking about something while our body is doing something else, as a result, our mind and our body are not unified.

With breathing exercises, inhaling and exhaling, we bring our mind and body to work together because both are focused on the same thing and we can feel alive because we are living in the present.

 

Benefits of deep breathing

 

  1. Improvement in the quality of the blood due to its increased oxygenation in the lungs. This aids in the elimination of toxins from the system.
  2. Increase in the digestion and assimilation of food. The digestive organs such as the stomach receive more oxygen, and hence operate more efficiently. The digestion is further enhanced by the fact that the food is oxygenated more.
  3. Improvement in the health of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, nerve centers and nerves. This is due again to the increased oxygenation and hence nourishment of the nervous system. This improves the health of the whole body, since the nervous system communicates to all parts of the body.
  4. Rejuvenation of the glands, especially the pituitary and pineal glands. The brain has a special affinity for oxygen, requiring three times more oxygen than does the rest of the body. This has far-reaching effects on our well-being.
  5. Rejuvenation of the skin. The skin becomes smoother and a reduction of facial wrinkles occurs.
  6. The movements of the diaphragm during the deep breathing exercise massage the abdominal organs – the stomach, small intestine, liver and pancreas. The upper movement of the diaphragm also massages the heart. This stimulates the blood circulation in these organs.
  7. The lungs become healthy and powerful, a good insurance against respiratory problems.
  8. Deep, slow, yoga breathing reduces the work load for the heart. The result is a more efficient, stronger heart that operates better and lasts longer. It also mean reduced blood pressure and less heart disease.

 

The yoga breathing exercises reduce the work load on the heart in two ways. Firstly, deep breathing leads to more efficient lungs, which means more oxygen is brought into contact with blood sent to the lungs by the heart. So, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to deliver oxygen to the tissues. Secondly, deep breathing leads to a greater pressure differential in the lungs, which leads to an increase in the circulation, thus resting the heart a little.

 

  1. Deep, slow breathing assists in weight control. If you are overweight, the extra oxygen burns up the excess fat more efficiently. If you are underweight, the extra oxygen feeds the starving tissues and glands. In other words, yoga tends to produce the ideal weight for you.
  2. Relaxation of the mind and body. Slow, deep, rhythmic breathing causes a reflex stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, which results in a reduction in the heart rate and relaxation of the muscles. These two factors cause a reflex relaxation of the mind, since the mind and body are very interdependent. In addition, oxygenation of the brain tends to normalize brain function, reducing excessive anxiety levels.

 

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Other benefits to correct breathing results in the:

 

  1. Respiratory System Works Better

Respiratory difficulties such as asthma, bronchitis and even chest pain can subside.

 

  1. Digestive System Does Its Job

What I have learned through my health-coaching is that constipation is very common and is often due to shallow breathing. When people learn to breathe into their lower abdomen they begin to have regular bowel movements right away.

Breathing into the gut massages the internal organs to function well. It calms the emotions which directly affects the digestion system. There are other ways to improve digestion but this is an easy one.

  1. Lymph System Works Well

Increases circulation of lymphatic fluid which speeds recovery after illnesses.

  1. Circulation System Moves

Increases oxygen to the heart.

Blood circulates, relieving congestion throughout the body.

There is a flow of oxygen to the brain and eyes.

  1. Immune System has More Energy

Helps tissues to regenerate and heal.

Creates more energy for the body to heal and detoxify.

  1. Nervous System is Calmer

Anxiety can be reversed by deep-breathing habits.

You may start to see balance in the two sides of the brain.

  1. Muscular and Structurally you Move

When you breathe easier you move easier.

Reduces muscular tension.

Increases flexibility and strength of joints.

 

  1. Cleansing Systems Work Better

Excess fluids are eliminated through the breath.

Stress on organs is lessened, allowing the body to naturally cleanse.

 

  1. Mentally Present

Mental observation and concentration is improved.

Greater productivity and learning.

Better decision making.

 

  1. Physical Appearance is Better

Wrinkles are less from improved circulation.

Breathing helps create beautiful skin at any age.

 

  1. Emotionally Feel Better

Breathing deeply relaxes the body, reducing feelings of stress.

Releases endorphins, natural painkillers that create a natural highs and easy sleep.

Creates more awareness and self-love leading to a healthier life.

 

  1. Relationships

Self-love can help to have greater compassion for others.

Sexual enjoyment is increased by being more present with your partner and breathing well increases intensity of an orgasm. It really is a natural aphrodisiac.

 

  1. Spirituality

Deepens meditation.

Intuition increases when you’re relaxed.

Creativity increases.

 

Re-learning to breathe the way nature intended from the beginning is a significant portion of anyone’s overall holistic wellness program.