Deep breathing – best gift for your body!

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!

7 Habits that make you lose weight!

Weight maintainence gets tougher with age and time, due to our demanding lifestyles. But there are some simple habits which you can integrate in your daily routine and never put on weight again.
Infact you have make a concious effort initially but after a few days you will end up doing these like you are on auto pilot.

So here is a list of a few habit that can really transformyour body inside out:
1. Warm water in morning : as soon as you wake you get into a habit of having atleast 2 glasses of warm water, if you like lemon and honey taste then you can add these to your water. Warm water helps you flush out toxins from your body, it cleanses your food pipe and stomach of last night’s food leftovers and their acids. It also forces the kidneys to clean up last night’s residue of the body.

2. Heavy breakky, ok lunch, little dinner : this is the best thing you can do for your body’s digestive system. Get in to a habit of a heavy breakfast, roping in all the healthy foods like milk, eggs, walnuts, almonds, paranthas, oatmeal or whatever you like. It should be filling enough to let you last the entire day. Lunch shound be just average not too light nor too heavy. Dinner should be your lightest meal lowest in calories and fat. This way you will keep your body away from fat, acidity, digestion problems and lose weight faster than you can imagine.

3. Take the stairs: we waste so much electricity using lifts and elevators, you cannot even imagine. Why not start saving the planet and out health also. Take the stairs where ever possible. Not matter how many floors it is, atleast start! This way you give yourself power workouts in small durations that speed up your metabolism and give your heart a good excercise.

4. Walk: choose walking over riding your driving. First few times are awkward but trust me this habit pulls you out of that sedentary lifestyle you have been leading sitting in the car, in front of your tv, laptop. You built stamina and tone your body at the same time. You also save petrol and eventually money.

5. De-stress: stress is as fatal as a cancer, so beware! Its the first triggerr of all life threatening diseases. Make some time to destress daily. Play your favorite song, dance a little, sing a song, put on that fragrant candle, give your self a salt scrub bath, an aromatic oil massage. This habit of de stressing has much larger returns than what you can comprehend today!

6. Must have foods: you have to include these in your diet if you want a healthy life – milk, eggs, fish, fruits, salads, walnuts, almonds, lemon juice, honey, pulses.

7. Reduce carb intake : its better if you lower your carbohydrate intake gradually. Carbs come from -maida, bread, pasta, rice, roti, pav, bun.

These habits dont need extra time or effort, just a bit of sincerity towards building a healthy life!