A Breath of Fresh Air, Literally: Breathe Deeply, It’s Good For You!

Breathing is life! That life is fueled by the oxygenation (breathing) process that permeates the cells with every inhalation and filters out toxic carbon dioxide from the body with each exhalation. Breathing is so essential to our existence we chose our first breath from our mother’s womb. The greater we breathe, the more efficiently our bodies will function. Elementary education schooled us that breathing has been an involuntary action, indicating everyone was born breathing the right way.

Really?

Like most things in life, the truth isn’t quite as clear as it first seems. Studies show as people age the reality of life induces them to breathe shallowly when they ought to breathe deeply. This stress-induced shallow breathing habit exacerbates present harmful stress in people’s bodies and may prematurely take their breath away (no joke intended) for good unless proactive measures are taken. It’s the high time folks re-learned to breathe with their own bellies, not just their chests, such as newborns. Deep and conscious oxygenation is the right means to health, per specialists.

Thank goodness, attaining deep breathing ability is easy, it requires practice and awareness. “The easiest and most powerful technique for protecting your health is absolutely free – and literally right under your nose,” according to Harvard trained Dr. Andrew Weil and writer of the Bestseller’Spontaneous Healing’. This is part of their Healthy Body Healthy Mind movement gaining traction in the health care field.

Studies show appropriate breathing techniques contribute to successful treatment and management of various diseases like asthma, depression, high blood pressure, elevated (bad) cholesterol, headache, anxiety, anxiety, and chronic fatigue, etc.. ) However, the same studies cautioned that these benefits should not be substituted for your doctor’s treatment and prescription.

Experts vouch better oxygenation skills are also powerful in helping individuals naturally fall asleep, enhancing fantastic mood and sexual pleasures. Granted I’ve not read, on a lighter note, I state this: Oh, there is a book out there subtitled: “Breathing Exercises for Heightened Pleasure and Deep Intimacy” in bed. There you go, my buddy! Eat your heart out on this one; don’t be shy. And don’t ever say I never did anything for you. Do I still have your undivided attention? Let us get back on the right track. Ha..ha. .ha! Waterloo Air Conditioning & Furnace Repair and Installation

But what is anxiety, anyhow?

“Stress is the body’s way of reacting to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. If people feel stressed by something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood. These compounds give people more energy and strength, which can be a good thing if their anxiety is brought on by physical threat. But this can also be a terrible thing, in case their anxiety is in reaction to something psychological and there is no outlet for this extra energy and power”, per the Mountain State Center for Independent Living. 

The main types of stress are:

1. Survival Stress uses”fight or flight” reflexes to react to the threat in people and animals.

2. Internal Pressure is when you are confronted by things you have no control over or worrying for no apparent motives. Some people take this to dizzying heights. They’re worrying about addicts who worry themselves to illness.

3. Environmental Stress is if your surroundings breed the strain. This is worldwide but is practically inescapable in African cities in which poor sanitation, ubiquitous noise and air pollution from vehicles and their nonstop loud horns, exhaust pollutants, pollutants, overcrowding, work and family pressure, fear of armed robbers, kidnappers, assassins, bombers, sectarian violence, vehicular crashes caused by poor roads and drivers, abject poverty, etc.. kitchener air conditioning installation

4. Fatigue and Overwork stress takes some time to accumulate until it begins to emit deadly toxins straight into one’s blood and ravages the body from inside out. Working in an environment or living in comparative luxury won’t preclude you from being a victim. Google and read my well-received post: Working Until You Drop In America, Can It Be The Ideal Way to Call Home? This is a difficult stress to avoid because people feel it is beyond their control. Many of us overseas are affected because we wish to be all things to all people both here and in Africa, forgetting that”weta suya, weta suya, o bun’ahu name” or we are just humans.

Breathing exercises are recommended stress relievers because:

They can be practiced everywhere.

They operate rather fast.

They are Free.

They require very little exercise to learn.

They improve your blood flow with oxygen because you inhale and remove harmful carbon dioxide as you exhale.

They may be used before, during, and following any stressful situation.

They can effectively reverse accumulated pressure to mitigate the harmful effects of chronic anxiety.

Renowned Western medical doctors Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra continue to perform exceptional work in teaching these holistic approaches to enhance health. Monumental benefits stem from the favorable procedures of our ancestors. We’re so eager to discard our good traditional ways (in favor of modern medication )that we neglect to research their merits. Keep the good ones! The Chinese and the Indian preserve theirs, why not Africans?

Please note, I’m neither a medical doctor nor do I play one on the Internet. If it comes to several things I don’t know, I hear and learn from the experts, and also do my own research before adopting any recommendations. For things I know something about, I still keep an open mind to find out more to add to my thing; I suggest you do the same to maximize what you escape this article. Hogg Mechanical

When not if, you find these deep breathing exercises useful as I did, pass it forward to others now; do not hoard it or take it into your tomb! You do not have to worry about MD or RN to spread the word, especially to those with restricted access to good medical care in Africa. In the end, it was an Indian engineer (not MD)who enlightened me a few years about the benefits of proper breathing exercises. Everyone should dare to make a positive impact, albeit modest. Yes, you may! It had been one lunatic from Aba, Nigeria, who ingenuously uttered in a mixture of English and Aztec languages that,”ama m ihen’abia na hour “. English for: anyone can be a purveyor of wisdom.

Conduct your experiment by checking your blood pressure (BP) before and then after engaging in some deep breathing exercises. Try it, you’ll be amazed.

In accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one out of every three American adults (the amount might be greater for Africans) have high blood pressure and many of them don’t even understand it since HBP is a quiet killer. Lives will be saved via education and appropriate investigations in Africa where a few mysterious and deaths illness are falsely attributed to voodoo, juju, poison, or witchcraft.