Is your breathing healthy or are you over breathing?
Breathing is something we do naturally and many of us do not realise how important it is for overall health and wellbeing. Breathing is responsible in regulating and delivering oxygen to every cell and organ in the body and it is surprising how few people understand the basic rules. The common advise to ‘take in a deep breath’ inevitably results in more air in the lungs but less oxygen reaching our cells and organs.
It is estimated that as high as 50%-80% of adults have some level of dysfunctional breathing, whcih has been linked to a number of health conditions such as;
- lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Sleep apnea
- Digestion issues
- Tension been held in the body, leading to limited movement and unnesserary pain.
Healthy Breathing during rest should be;
- Breathing in and out through the nose
- Using the diaphragm NOT to upper chest
- Regular, light, quite, soft and slow breathing with a natural pause after every exhale.
- Breathing between 6 to 8 breaths per minute
Remember over breathing has the same negative effect on your health as over eating.
If you would like to learn more on how to improve your breathing, I am offering a free 15minute consultation.