Thursday, March 18, 2021

 Did you know deep breathing exercises are helpful to raise oxygen levels in the body, and lower carbon dioxide levels both of which are necessary for a healthy immune system? Oxygen is often over-looked when we talk about human nutrition, but it is our most essential nutrient! We can live for weeks without food, and for days without water, but only minutes without oxygen! It’s important that we exercise our diaphragm, to maximize our intake of oxygen, and to maximize the removal of carbon dioxide from our body which is a waste gas.

Deep breathing exercises hold many health benefits. The following exercise for the diaphragm can be done standing, sitting or lying down. First, inhale as much as possible allowing the lungs and the abdomen to expand.
Second, exhale as much as possible while pulling in the abdominal muscles. Third, before breathing in again, use the diaphragm muscle to pull and lift the abdomen and diaphragm up under the rib cage.
Hold for several seconds, and then relax and breathe in. If you have done it right you will hear the air rush into your lungs when your diaphragm relaxes. If you are comfortable, you can repeat this exercise about ten times in a row.
This breathing exercise can be done daily to train your body to breathe deeply. This will reduce carbon dioxide levels in the body, and also bring a much higher level of life-giving oxygen to all the trillions of cells in the body.

 Other benefits of deep breathing include strengthening and cleansing the respiratory system, improving diaphragm and abdominal strength to support the lungs and the heart in a healthy position, and also relaxing the nervous system. Of course, try to do deep breathing exercises in a high oxygen environment away from pollution. As with any exercise, listen to your body and stay in your comfort zone.

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