Yes, it indeed is the best ever gift you can give your body.
It’s free, it’s easy and it can be done anywhere. Breathing is the why we are alive, yet its the most used & misused practice.
If only you can make ‘doing it right’ a part of your life, you would be a whole new person everyday!!!
The benefits of deep breathing and why you should make it part of your everyday living are here:
- Detoxifies and Releases Toxins
Your body is designed to release 70% of its toxins through breathing. If you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly ridding your body of its toxins i.e. other systems in your body must work overtime which could eventually lead to illness. When you exhale air from your body you release carbon dioxide that has been passed through from your bloodstream into your lungs. Carbon dioxide is a natural waste of your body’s metabolism.
- Releases Tension
Think how your body feels when you are tense, angry, scared or stressed. It constricts. Your muscles get tight and your breathing becomes shallow. When your breathing is shallow you are not getting the amount of oxygen that your body needs.hence deep breathing eases the muscles and releases stress.
- Relaxes the Mind/Body and Brings Clarity
Oxygenation of the brain reducing excessive anxiety levels. Paying attention to your breathing. Breathe slowly, deeply and purposefully into your body. Notice any places that are tight and breathe into them. As you relax your body, you may find that the breathing brings clarity and insights to you as well. Deep Breathing Relieves Emotional Problems as it will help clear uneasy feelings out of your body.
- Relieves Pain.
You may not realize its connection to how you think, feel and experience life. For example, what happens to your breathing when you anticipate pain? You probably hold your breath. Yet studies show that breathing into your pain helps to ease it.
- Massages Your Organs
The movements of the diaphragm during the deep breathing exercise massages the stomach, small intestine, liver and pancreas. The upper movement of the diaphragm also massages the heart. When you inhale air your diaphragm descends and your abdomen will expand. By this action you massage vital organs and improves circulation in them. Controlled breathing also strengthens and tones your abdominal muscles.
- Increases Muscle
Breathing is the oxygenation process to all of the cells in your body. With the supply of oxygen to the brain this increases the muscles in your body.
- Breathing Strengthens the Immune System
Oxygen travels through your bloodstream by attaching to hemoglobin in your red blood cells. This in turn then enriches your body to metabolize nutrients and vitamins.
- Improves Quality of the Blood
Deep breathing removes all the carbon-dioxide and increases oxygen in the blood and thus increases blood quality.
- Increases Digestion and Assimilation of food
The digestive organs such as the stomach receive more oxygen, and hence operates more efficiently. The digestion is further enhanced by the fact that the food is oxygenated more.
- Helps 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.
- Improves the Nervous System: The brain, spinal cord and nerves receive increased oxygenation and are more nourished. This improves the health of the whole body, since the nervous system communicates to all parts of the body.
- Strengthen the Lungs: As you breathe deeply the lung become healthy and powerful, a good insurance against respiratory problems, Boosts Energy levels and Improves Stamina
- Makes the Heart Stronger: Breathing exercises reduce the workload 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.
- Improves Cellular Regeneration: hence aid in wound healing, skin and hair conditions.
- Elevates Moods : Deep Breathing increase pleasure-inducing neurochemicals in the brain to elevate moods and combat physical pain
So stop wasting your time & money trying out anti stress, anti ageing and many such products & schemes, instead invest your time to feed your body what it needs the most – Oxygen!!!
Simple method to practice deep breathing is:
In order to breathe properly you need to breathe deeply into your abdomen not just your chest. Breathing exercises should be deep, slow, rhythmic, and through the nose, not through the mouth. The most important parts of deep breathing has to be regulating your breaths 5 seconds in, and 5 seconds out. The slower & deeper you breathe the better for you!