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Skillful Breathing May Support Better Health

By Tom Herrin

As we have learned more about how to improve what we do, we have also done a pretty good job of developing greater technique.  This can even apply to those things that are somewhat natural.  Running is a good example of something that has been improved through study of performance and what successful traits are needed to increase performance.  What can be more basic than running?  How about breathing?  We all do this from birth.  It seems natural enough, but some of us have some real difficulties in doing it well.  Some of those who have studied breathing, and some of the problems that have been experienced with it, have identified ways to improve it.

Breathing Exercises

For many years, people who sing have used some kinds of breathing exercises to help with their breathing while singing.  More recently, this has been used for people to improve breathing in general.  Many of these exercises focus on use of the diaphragm, lips, or nostrils.  Some are more creative than that as they use various other methods to help.  Many who participate in activities that involve some kind of meditation practice various breathing exercises on a regular basis.

Better Breathing May Mean Better Productivity

Our bodies require oxygen in order to release the energy supplied from food.  It is much like building a fire, once you add oxygen, you have a sustainable fire.  Without a good source of oxygen, the fire goes out and no energy is released.  If we want our bodies to function better, we need to be sure we take in an adequate amount of oxygen.  If we can develop some better breathing habits, it may carry over to our overall physical performance.  

Improved Breathing May Get Rid of Toxins

When we have a better oxygen supply, we are more likely able to clear our bodies of various toxins.  Breathing helps us to take in oxygen, but another important thing it provides is a way to remove wastes.  The process of respiration releases carbon dioxide.  This must be removed from our bodies so that it does not become toxic.  Many other unwanted things are removed as well.   For some, this may be done by slowing our breathing down.  Taking slow, deep breaths may be enough to make this work.  Many meditative activities have this, in some form, as a part of their program.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Newnan, Ga.

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