Breath work, or breathwork, and breathing exercises are recommended for a
variety of conditions. Naturally as we
age our oxygen levels can drop as much as 20 percent due partially to poor and shallow
breathing habits, sedentary lifestyles, being indoors most of the time, exposure
to damaging chemicals and toxins, and illnesses; such as heart disease.
According to the University of Missouri in Kansas City, although the body naturally inhales and exhales, oxygen levels drop and contribute to many health conditions.
Oxygen and the Brain
Breathing exercises can increase your oxygen rate and reduce symptoms of oxygen deficiency. When a person lacks oxygen they can experience fatigue, weakness, vertigo, depression, memory loss, reduced circulation, indigestion, muscular pain, irritability, weakened immunity, and develop chronic diseases. There are more than 100 diseases that can develop from a lack of oxygen in the body.
The human brain needs adequate oxygen to function normally, as oxygen is essential to maintaining both cognitive and behavioral systems. If brain oxygen levels are low, the body will increase the heart rate in order to pump more blood - and provide more optimal levels of oxygen - to the brain.
When the brain doesn’t have adequate levels of oxygen, the motor skills of the body reduce and coordination and movement become impaired at varying degrees. At times when a person becomes dizzy or feels faint, the best response is to consciously take deep breaths. Deep breaths enable the lungs to intake more oxygen, which the body quickly uses to restore oxygen levels in the brain.
Oxygen also works to stabilize the nervous system, traveling from the brain stem, through the spinal cord to the individual nerves that control the whole human organism. The nervous system controls all movement, balance, mental conditions and behavior to name a few. If the brain has enough oxygen it means the nervous system will remain more stable and support optimal function.
Oxygen and the Body
The benefits of oxygen for the body should not be underestimated. The simple unconscious act of breathing should be enhanced to maximize benefits, instead of taking the involuntary action of breathing for granted.
Chronic diseases are related to lower levels of oxygen in the body, such as cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, diabetes, and asthma to name a few. When blood flowing through the heart contains adequate levels of oxygen, heart cells can help protect again formation of cancer cells. When there is a lack of oxygen the body will force an increase of the heart rate, which in some cases could lead to a heart attack. The heart plays a very important role in circulating oxygen to all the cells in the body, so it is critical to implement techniques that will increase oxygen levels in the body. It has been shown that epileptic seizures can be triggered when breathing is disrupted and the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen.
Oxygen is an excellent source of energy in the body when there is enough of it to work with glucose. Glucose normally supplies energy to the body, but only when it is paired with oxygen. When there isn’t enough oxygen in the body, blood glucose levels can rise and contribute to diabetes. When the pancreas cells are low in oxygen, the body will not produce enough insulin. Due to these factors, the body can resist insulin and excess glucose in the blood will not be turned into energy.
It has been proven people with asthma are benefited with breathing therapy, which increases oxygen transfer in the lungs, and avoidance of triggers which reduce the frequency of attacks.
The homeostatic responses of the body are amazing, and some of them attempt to increase oxygen levels automatically. When exercising, the body naturally increases the depth and frequency of breathing, expanding the lungs increasing the rate of oxygen transfer into the blood. More oxygen is required when burning fats and calories to convert into cellular energy, and that is why calorie restriction alone isn’t as effective at maintaining healthy weight with exercise. When exercising the body automatically works at increasing oxygen levels and when paired with breathing techniques can positively impact health.
Cellular regeneration helps support a strong immune system, and when there is a deficit of oxygen the body will begin to adapt and skip regenerating some cells based on homeostatic priorities. It is much like driving a used car, where the air conditioner and radio are not repaired because an allocation of resources was not warranted; and instead new tires were installed. The body begins to prioritize allocation of oxygen when it is limited, and shuts down less critical cellular functions based on homeostatic responses going on inside the whole body. To make matters worse whenever the body adapts and uses less efficient means of accomplishing a function, more energy is consumed which reduces available oxygen levels even more.
Even detoxification in the body is dependent on adequate oxygen levels being available. Oxygen cleanses up toxins and helps repair damaged cells and accelerates cell regeneration.
A good night’s sleep is healthy for the brain and improves function, when adequate oxygen levels are available. Unfortunately, today a growing number of people are experiencing insomnia, sleep apnea and other disorders that disrupt sleep and the healing and rejuvenation that ordinarily occur at night.
Third only to breathing air and drinking water, the body relies on digesting food to support overall function by converting food into cellular energy. Normal digestion however, is also dependent on adequate oxygen levels. During digestion intestinal musculature, contract with a peristaltic rhythm to process solid food into liquid, and that process is dependent on adequate oxygen levels. When digestion becomes compromised less energy is available to support normal body functions, and again the body selectively begins to shut down functions in order of importance.
Respiration is also dependent on energy, and if foods are not digested to transfer nutrients to the blood for absorption then energy is not created at the required rate to support normal breathing.
In summary every cell in the body requires adequate oxygen to function and survive. In this day and age it is necessary to improve oxygen levels in the body through deliberate choices, which can include breathing exercises, physical exercise, and using the Breathe Safe® which increases oxygen levels a whopping 17% in 5 minutes.
Six Breathing Exercises
The following breathing exercises can be enhanced by positioning the Breathe Safe ® within 40 inches of the face to increase inhalation of ionized oxygen and negative ions:
1. Sitting and Breathing
Sit up straight and exhale all breath, and while relaxing the stomach muscles begin to slowly inhale. Continue in a relaxed state while taking in more air until the lungs are full and feel like they can’t hold anymore. Then hold the breath for 10 seconds while waiting to exhale. Once exhaling keep relaxed and let out the air as slow as possible. Do the exercise on a regular basis and the body will develop a habit of completely filling the lungs and increasing oxygen levels.
Lay in a supine position with the back flat and arms down at the sides. Inhale slowly through the nostrils and lay a hand on the abdomen to monitor the expansion and contraction with each breath. Focus on taking deep breaths filling the lungs to capacity and relaxing throughout the exercise for 10 minutes.
3. Balancing Breaths
Sit up straight with both feet on the floor while sitting in a chair. Relax your abdomen and take three deep breaths, inhaling so your lungs are full, then slowly exhale through the nose after holding the breath for 10 seconds. During the exhale portion of the exercise begin putting one finger over the nostril outer edge gently pressing to close off one side. This forces the air to exhale though one nostril at a time. Continue to alternate between both nostrils so that air is inhaled and exhaled through one nostril at a time. Balanced breathing teaches the body to breathe through both nostrils and increase oxygen levels in both sides of the body.
Again, while sitting up straight in a chair with a relaxed abdomen, inhale slowly until the lungs are filled with air. Then hold the breath for 10 seconds, and slowly make a humming sound simultaneously while exhaling the air. Keep humming even after the air has been exhaled completely. The nervous system is soothed from the vibrations created from humming, and can help to increase the flow of oxygen in the body.
5. Praying Pose
While standing up straight place the palms together like praying at a level even with the chest. Then inhale slowing through the nose while slowly raising both hands with palms together above the head, while counting to 10. Hold in that position for 10 seconds, then separate and straighten the hands and arms slowing swinging them down to the side of the body while counting to 10. Repeat this exercise 5 times. The chest area is able to expand with the arm motion which encourages the lungs to fill with air and improve body oxygen circulation.
6. Breathing Safe at all times
The Breathe Safe® can be set up anywhere, either plugged into a wall outlet, a computer USB port, or an external power bank. Then just point the top circular openings of the Breathe Safe towards the nose and mouth, and keep the device within forty (40) inches of the face. Use the device during any activity, including sitting, working, sleeping, or exercise which works as a subtle form of breath work and lung exercise. The Breathe Safe runs on two (2) watts of power, weighs less than one pound and is not equipped with a fan. However, the voltage differential between the discharge needles and plate create a natural flow of ionized oxygen the raises above the top of the Breathe Safe. The flow of ionized oxygen can then be inhaled through the mouth and nostrils to enhance normal breathing. The Breathe Safe is typically positioned on the desk, in a car, in a bed, on exercise equipment or anywhere increased oxygen could be inhaled by a person.
Regular breathing exercises, physical exercise, using the Breathe Safe and avoiding contaminates in the air all work together to increase body oxygen levels. Additional benefits of adding the Breathe Safe to a health strategy of creating higher oxygen levels in the body includes air purification qualities. The Breathe Safe doubles as a portable plasma air purifier that effectively cleans air within your immediate breathing zone reducing volatile organic compounds 86.4%, particulates 99.68%, and bacteria 46.15%, and fills the air with over 19 million negative ions and 17% more oxygen.
Enhance your breath work, breathing exercises, physical exercise and just normal breathing with the Breathe Safe®
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