Deep breathing has many health benefits which include relieving stress, strengthening the immune system, accelerating the healing process, burning calories, and promoting peace of mind, among others. We don’t hear a whole lot about deep breathing unless we are practicing meditation or yoga-type postures. In fact, most people don’t know that these calm-producing practices are built on the foundation of taking deep breaths. Unfortunately, most of us are more accustom to shallow breathing which only fills the upper area of the lungs with air. And although shallow breathing is easier, deep breathing is the proper way of breathing if you want to promote overall health.
Deep Breathing Promotes Relaxation
Practicing deep breathing exercises are the first line of defense when you need help your body relax. If you are feeling really stressed out, deep breathing can help you calm your senses and hence regain composure. Since more oxygen will be flowing through your blood, endorphins will be produced which will help in bringing the calming feeling.
Deep Breathing Releases Toxins
Secondly it can help in removing emotional as well as physical toxins from your body. Many health practitioners will encourage they patients to focus on their breath in an effort to release toxins that may have built up in your bodies. In fact, through deep breathing you can release pain, anxiety, and fear. As you exhale, imagine these toxins being released from your body along with each breath.
Improving alertness is another major benefit of deep breathing. Most people lead lives in which they have to work long hours sitting at a particular place. Since there is not enough body movement, breathing patterns also start varying. Since the right amount of oxygen is not reaching your blood and in turn your brain, your attention levels will diminish. You will not be able to concentrate on the task at hand. Deep breathing exercise will increase your blood’s circulation and as a result you will not feel sleepy as more oxygen will be reaching your brain.
Cleanses Waste from the Body
The lymphatic system is an important component of the body which helps in cleaning out all the waste material in the body. Because of shallow breathing, the lymphatic system does not work as effectively to remove waste materials from our lungs. Deep breathing exercises will help in reviving the lymphatic system causing it to eliminate more effectively.
How to Deep Breathe
Start by putting your right hand on you belly. As you inhale allow your belly to rise with air. If you want to use your breath to create peace and calm, hold the breath for the count of five and then release it as slowly as possible through your nose. Repeat. Studies show that just observing your breathing is known to alleviate stress. Start each day with 3-5 deep cleansing breathes before you even get out of bed for better health and well-being.
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