By: Phil Holleman
Before I became interested in healthy living, I never gave any thought to breathing. It’s just something we do. Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale. Now I know there’s a lot more to it than that.
In his book, 10 Keys To Create Wellness, Michael R. Ellison makes the following points:
The majority of the toxins we take into our bodies comes through our lungs. We breathe in pollution in many forms: exhaust fumes to cigarette smoke, hairspray to allergens. Breathing also gets rid of 75% of the toxins we take in.
Oxygen is critical to brain function. Brain cells use oxygen to generate good mental process-specifically the abilities to focus, concentrate, and remember. Deep breathing enhances our emotional functioning, which enables us to make better decisions and solve problems.
Deep breathing and breath control have been shown to produce remarkable physical results. Simply by breathing better, we may be able to lower our blood pressure, end heart arrythymias, improve digestion, and increase blood circulation.
Deep breathing can reduce anxiety. Deep breathing is key to easing stress and depleting anger, anxiety, frustration, and impatience.
Deep breathing improves the function of our lymphatic system by strengthening our resistance to disease. The lymphatic system performs important functions in our bodies, especially in the area of the immune system.
Deep breathing can reinvigorate our energy level.
Deep breathing specifically helps women during critical stages of life. Deep breathing and specific breathing techniques have been shown to help women during pregnancy, increase the possibility of infertile women becoming pregnant, and reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes in menopause.
Deep breathing can reduce pain. Various diseases, including cancer, and the pain associated with them, can be better managed through proper breathing.
Mr. Ellison offers the following technique to help deep breathing:
Lie on your back and put one hand on your upper abdomen and one hand on your upper chest. As you inhale, try to move the hand on your abdomen. Breathe as if you are attempting to inflate your belly, not your lungs. As you exhale, push down with your hand on your abdomen as if gently forcing the air out of your lungs. Repeat until you can tell you are pushing air out of your lungs by relaxing the diaphragm muscle . It may take a little practice.
That technique doesn’t seem too hard to try. I think it’s just a matter of paying attention to what we’re doing.
Who’s up to doing this? Let me know and help keep me accountable. I’ll do the same for you!
Yours in good health,
Phil Holleman spent over 11 years struggling with major depression. During that time, he learned how important it is to live a healthy life. He created ABoldNewLife.com to help others who are on their journey to wellness.
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