What is breathing?
The Exchanging of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide. When you breathe consciously, through the nose, oxygen nourishes every cell in your body. Without this nourishment, your body does not heal and grow. We have trillions of cells in our body and we started with one!!!
All our muscles and organs are constantly being renewed, nourished and energized. When we exhale through the nose, carbon dioxide is released and takes toxins out of our bodies. “You receive oxygen from breathing in air and then the oxygen goes to your blood which is then circulated throughout your entire body.” Dr. Stanley/”The Respiratory System”
At least 80% of the Western population breathe incorrectly through the mouth instead of the nose. Breathing through the nose has many benefits; breathing through the mouth many negatives.
Why Nasal breathing? Scientific research is showing that nasal breathing (correct breathing) is one of the most effective ways to lower everyday stress levels and improve health factors from mood to metabolism. “There is a very direct relationship between breath rate, mood state, and autonomic nervous system state. We’ve long known that breath changes in response to emotion; when people get panicky and anxious, their breath becomes shallow and rapid” says Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who studies yoga and meditation.
Slowing your breathing, lowers your stress hormones, heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension and anxiety. It also helps with depression. Nose breathing is extremely important for anyone desiring the longest and most healthy life.
The nostrils and sinuses filter and warm the air going into the lungs. “Afferent stimuli from the nerves that regulate breathing are in the nasal passages. The inhaled air passing through the nasal mucosa carries the stimuli to the reflex nerves that control breathing. Mouth breathing bypasses the nasal mucosa and makes regular breathing difficult.” Optimal Breathing Mastery.
“Each nostril is innervated by five cranial nerves from a different side of the brain. Each nostril functions independently and synergistically infiltering, warming, moisturing, dehumidifying, and smelling the air.” Opitimal Breathing Mastery.
The lymphatic system unlike the circulatory system that pumps our blood full of oxygen to our cells, does not have a pump to push the lymph fluid through your body. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
The lymph fluid is pushed through channels in your body by your deep breathing and exercise such as inversions in Yoga. To keep the body healthy, breathing and exercise are necessary in order to nourish and fight diseases and aging in the body.