Imagine if you could drastically improve your health just by breathing correctly. Yes there is a correct way to breathe.
So many have asked is it better to breathe with your belly or with your chest?
Think of chest breathing like your high speed back up function. It ALWAYS knows when to kick in, but not when to turn off.
Belly breathing is far superior!
So controlling that switch has great benefits to your health since we breathe in and out upwards of 30,000 times per day!
The better question to ask yourself is Are you Breathing to Survive or Breathing to Thrive?
REALLY QUICK :
Abdominal means belly.
SURVIVE or THRIVE?
Proper breathing increases your the bodies function at a cellular level.
Right about now you are saying, “Sure thing Doc, I have been breathing my whole life, I know how to breathe.”And this is true, we all know how to breathe to “Survive,” but how many of us breathe to “Thrive?”
There is a huge difference to your bodies health between breathing to thrive and breathing to survive.
How do you breathe?
Let’s find out by doing a little self-examination. Take a moment and check-out how you breathe.
Look down at your belly, or in a mirror if one is handy. Breathe in and out a few times.
Not huge breaths, just a little deeper than normal.
What do you see? When breathing in
Is your chest rising up, and your abdomen drawing in towards your spine?
Now take a deeper breath. Is your chest rising way up, are you leaning backwards a little, and your stomach collapsing further towards your spine?
If so, you are breathing to survive. I call this a Stress Breath.
CHEST HEAVING STRESS BREATH
Stress Breath occurs when the brain perceives danger to its well-being.
Stress breathing also causes the brain to search for danger when none exists.
The result of warranted or unwarranted stress breathing is a cascade of events transforming the entire body into survival mode of “Fight or Flight” posture, and nervous tension.
Whether or not any actual danger exists, Fight or Flight posture causes the muscles of the body to tense, rounding the spine, shoulders hunched forward, chin tucked down, brain and nervous system on high alert, prepared to do battle, or run for the hills.
You are happily walking hand in hand with your four-year-old child across an intersection.
Suddenly you notice the driver of a car barreling down on you is oblivious to your presence.
Your brain instantly triggers your fight or flight instincts. The adrenal glands flood the body with the hormone, adrenaline. You suck huge amounts of air into your lungs, chest heaving upwards, heart pounding rapidly. Scooping-up your child in iron-like, powerful arms.
Arteries instantly shunting vast amounts of oxygen to your legs enabling you to sprint like a world-class athlete to safety.
Safely out of harm’s way the unhealthy person will continue stress breathing after the danger has passed.
Chest breath continues, fight or flight posture remains. Tension in the muscular system remains.
Adrenal glands work overtime creating adrenaline.
The brain and nervous system is still searching for danger the chest breath indicates is present.
Later that night the stress breathing person continues to be tense, and cannot understand why sleep doesn’t come, why they seem to be on edge long after the danger has passed.
Stress breath is all they know.
They have been breathing this way since childhood.
Throughout their entire lives, no one has informed them of the disastrous effects on the health of the body of a chest breather.
Contrast those who stress breathe with a healthy, thriving, abdominal breather.
ABDOMINAL BREATHING THRIVING BREATH
When a thriving breather is safely away from danger, realizing the stress has come and gone, adrenaline production is ceased, and muscle tension is released.
The natural curves are returned to the spine, posture erect and composed.
The head is over the shoulders, neck supple, shoulders and lower back relaxed, and the pelvis is balanced.
Most importantly, stress breath which uses chest muscles is supplanted with the diaphragm muscle resuming the responsibilities of natural, refreshing, energizing, peaceful breathing of the healthy, thriving person.
Thriving breathers are fortunate indeed for having somewhere along the way been taught to breathe with the diaphragm muscle located in the abdomen. Theirs is a life of health and peaceful countenance.
The stress breather, on the other hand, can’t understand why they never seem to feel good.
Sleep seems to never come. Morning finds them groggy and grumpy.
They have to guzzle two cups of coffee just to get the day started.
Their neck, shoulders, and back ache all day.
It seems like every cell of their body is crying out for help, and they just can’t seem to get a break.
The break will come when they learn the value of supplying the single most important nutrient their body craves for good health.
SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT NUTRIENT
The human body needs three nutrients for good health;
Of these three, food is the least important (I know this hurts); you can survive for many weeks without food.
The second is water; you can survive for many days without water.
That leaves air.
The single most important nutrient to the human body is air/oxygen; you can survive only minutes without oxygen.
YOUR CELLS NEED AIR
Every one of your 7 trillion cells that make up your body requires oxygen to do their job.
Each cell that makes you, you, is like a small factory.
Each one has a job to do.
Each cell must have a ready, steady supply of oxygen to do its job efficiently.
Cellular efficiency results in good health.
Learning to supply oxygen to the cells of your body is paramount to good health.
And proper breathing is the single most important training you can do for
The stress breather’s break will come when they train themselves to breathe to Thrive, not merely to Survive.
Abolish the Stress Breath in favor of the Diaphragm Breath.
Join the winning side of the Controversy of Chest Breathing vs. Abdominal Breathing.
JOIN US and THRIVE
Join us in the next article when we discuss how Breathing Exercises Increase Lung Capacity creating a ready, steady supply of oxygen to the seven trillion cells of the body crying out for help.
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