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Are You Breathing Wrong? Breathing Tips For Better Health
In a normal and perfect world, we do not normally pay attention to the way we breathe. If you observes a child, you will that he will breathe in and exhale out very deeply with his abdomen rising and falling in sync, but adults follow a different pattern. Let us understand.
It is important that we must use our lungs to its full capacity but on any given day, an average man uses only 33% of his capacity. Oxygen is a vital component and when we fail to inhale the right way and properly, our body is left wanting for more. This results into long term health problems. Here are some common problems associated with inadequate breathing:
- inability to sleep
- lung problems
When a child breathes, you will observe that his stomach rises and falls in sync, but as we grow older and turn into adults, we start breathing through chest which is not the right way to breathe. We are breathing the wrong way drawing in shorter and sharper breaths. On a normal day, we are supposed to breathe anywhere around 20,000 times but this is a difficult number to keep track of. We cannot possibly keep count of our breathe all day. But if you divide this number, you will find that ideally we are suppose to breathe 14 times a minute.
Areas in our body that are affected by breathing:
- digestive system
- immunity system
- cardiovascular system
- nervous system
They say that water helps in getting rid of toxins from our body and while that is true, you will be surprised to know that 70% of our toxins are flushed out by breathing. Another mistake that you can make is breathing in through your mouth. While sometimes it becomes necessary like during exercise and running, it is important that you breathe through your nose. Breathing through your mouth can seriously alter your heart rate as well as blood pressure which is a bad news.
How to breathe
Ideally you should breathe using both your chest as well as abdomen. Your stomach is supposed expand and contract with every breathe. Always breathe through your nose and try breathing in with different nostrils. This is where Baba Ramdev Yoga comes into the picture. This will also help you in reducing stress levels and we all need it badly. Yawning is a bad sign of tiredness as well as shortness of breathe. If you find your teeth grinding when you are sleeping, this means you are not breathing correctly and that you are in stress.Constant breathing through chest leads to stiffness in the neck and shoulders.