Facts and benefits of deep breathing

Around 70% of our toxins are released from our body through our breath. Carbon dioxide is a natural waste product of your body’s metabolism. The benefits of breathing deeply help the systems in the body to process this more efficiently.

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In Brief

– Around 70% of our toxins are released from our body through our breath. Carbon dioxide is a natural waste product of your body’s metabolism. The benefits of breathing deeply help the systems in the body to process this more efficiently.

Deep breathing is basically the practice of inhaling and exhaling deeply through your nose or mouth.

Deep breathing detoxifies, releases toxins and strengthens the immune system.

Around 70% of our toxins are released from our body through our breath. Carbon dioxide is a natural waste product of your body’s metabolism. The benefits of breathing deeply help the systems in the body to process this more efficiently.

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How to breath deep

The first step is to relax. You can sit up straight or lie down so that you’re more comfortable.

• Breathe out through your mouth to create more room in your lungs.

• Breathe in through your nose for four seconds.

• Hold your breath for seven seconds while you’re still relaxed.

• Breathe out for eight seconds.

Ensure that you take your time and don’t rush the process. Doing this right will help you discover the full benefits of deep breathing.

Here are some of the benefits of deep breathing.

Releases muscle tension

When we are stressed or experience uncomfortable feelings such as anger or pain, our breath becomes shallow and our muscle tissues contract. Deep breathing helps to release this.

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Calms the Nervous System

Deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, bringing us into a relaxed state. It functions in the opposite way to the sympathetic nervous system, which stimulates activities associated with the fight-or-flight response.

Increases Energy

Oxygen is the most essential natural resource required by our cells. We can go without food for up to 40 days and without water for 3 days, yet we can die after just a few minutes of not breathing. From a purely physical point of view, breath equals life.

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Improves the Respiratory System

One of the benefits of breathing deeply is that it helps to release tension in the diaphragm and primary breathing muscles, relieving many long-term respiratory issues such as asthma and breathlessness. It opens up the chest, releasing tension from the intercostal muscles and around the scapula, erector spinae and trapezius muscles, allowing for a more relaxed posture.

Elevates the Digestive System

The benefits of deeper breathing include increased blood flow in the digestive tract, which encourages intestinal action and improves overall digestion, alleviating irritable bowel syndrome and constipation.


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