Now don’t jump to conclusion and take for Deep Breathing for Meditation. Yes meditation is fantastic, but it’s not what I mean by deep breathing. I mean deep, slow breaths, taken while visualizing your lungs expanding and the air leaving your chest as you breath out. Close your eyes if you feel the need to be extra relaxed. Here are some interesting health benefits of deep breathing you can follow to detoxify, relax and even live longer.
1. Breathing Detoxifies Your Body
Up to 70% of toxins leave your body through breathing. So imagine what will happen to your body if you are not breathing deeply enough. All those toxins and stored carbon dioxide is just sitting in the bottom of your lungs, not being exhaled and making your body live up to its full potential.
2. Breathing Brings Relaxation and Releases Tension
When you are angry and stressed, notice your breathing becomes shallow? This is your body’s response to perpetuate more anger. Counteract this by taking slow deep breaths.
3. Breathing Increases Muscle
Yes! You read correctly. The deeper you breath, the more oxygenated your blood is and the more efficient is the hemoglobin, which is responsible for transporting oxygen throughout your body. Deep breathing will keep your muscles full of blood and well oxygenated.
4. Breathing Positively Effects Posture
When you breathe deeply, your shoulders roll back and your chest expands and pushes forward which is optimal standing and sitting posture. Also when you are conscious about your breathing, you become conscious of your posture. Get your shoulders back, head up and chest filled with air!
5. Breathing Improves the Nervous System
Your brain, spinal cord and nerves receive oxygen and nutrient rich blood when you breathe deeply. If there is one reason to breathe deeply, make it this one. The positive effect of a healthy and supercharged nervous system is unfathomable.
Other benefits of deep breathing also include: Strengthening of lungs, stronger heart, assists weight control, boosts energy levels, increases stamina, improves cellular regeneration, elevates mood and massages your organs.
Set aside 20 minutes a day for deep breathing. Half it up into two, ten minute segments of deep breathing. Start by inhaling through your nose, visualising your chest filing up with air to the count of 5. Then hold your breath for 3 seconds. This 3 seconds makes sure the oxygen can efficiently flow through the alveoli of your lungs and into the blood stream. Then exhale trough your nose and mouth to the count of 5.
Breath deep. Live well.