Breathing Rhythm For Optimum Health and Longevity
How we breath - our breathing rhythm - is one of the most important aspects of maintaining good health. Correct and proper breathing encourages optimum health and longevity. Fortunately, our breathing rhythm is something we have some control over. Itís something we can change!
A healthy breathing rhythm is deep, slow, quiet and regular.
Optimum breathing rhythm can have the following benefits to good health:
2. Regulates and balances our mental state. See How to Beat Depression Naturally
3. Sharpens focus. Practicing deep, slow, quiet and regular breathing can be a good exercise before athletic or other competition.
4. Helps reduce our resting pulse rate. See Resting Heart Rate as Key Health Indicator
5. Improves blood circulation.
6. Encourages metabolism efficiency.
7. Fosters deep sleep. See 12 Tips to Naturally Good Sleep
8. Harmonizes the function of our central nervous system.
9. Enables more smooth functioning of our bodily organs.
10. Allows men to enjoy greater stamina.
In some Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures and religion there is a belief that each of us are born with a certain number of breaths. There is some logic to this belief. Genetically, each of us are born with a certain energy destined to live and survive a certain length ot time. It's how we use and manage this energy - manage our metabolism - manage our lives, determines how long and how well we live. Proper breathing is a key tool to help manage our metabolism to live a better quality and longer life.
What is Healthy or Proper Breathing Technique?
A healthy breathing rhythm is deep, slow, quiet and regular. Although breathing is involuntary, in that it occurs without our thinking about it, we also have some degree of control over our breathing. It is recommended we use our abdominal muscles and diaphram to inhale. By so doing, we are able to achieve the longest, slowest and deepest of breaths. We can also use our muscles to control our exhale to be long and slow.
Incidently, it is best to Inhale with our nose, as the primary functions of our nose is to (i) warm up air to body temperature through the moisture in our nose and (ii) filter and clean the air of particles.
Symptoms of Short or Shallow Breathing
When Breathing in states of anger, breathing tends to be short, rapid, shallow and noisy. Short and shallow breathing can also cause less than adequate blood flow to the skin, panic attacks, panic disorders, anxiety, hypertension, frazzled nerves, cardiovascular stress, high blood pressure, stress, headaches, neck pain, fatique, cold hands, and digestive and stomach disorders.
Breathing Properly can be a Natural Solution to help solve Ailments without the need for Drugs or Medications
Proper breathing can play a role and may help solve many ailments without the need (or lessen the need) to take drugs and medications. Proper breathing can play a role and may also help you achieve normal functionality without the dependency on drugs and medications. It is worthy to note that many drugs may have toxicity implications and negative side effects.
Although learning proper breathing technique takes time, but over time, improving your breathing rhythm will work to make you more healthy.
When to Focus on Breathing
To improve your breathing rhythm, it is important to focus on slowing down your breathing rhythm regularly every day. A focus on your breathing and on breathing correctly can be very enjoyable. It can be done, for example, early in morning, when going to bed, when standing in a line, when in a meeting, when at a stop light, when waiting for a page to download on the internet, when pumping gas, when getting ready to take a power nap. You can add the productive task of focusing on your proper breathing during many tasks during the day.<-- back to top