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The Right Kind of Breathing May Support Better Health

By Tom Herrin

When we think about breathing, it seems pretty natural.  All we do is breathe in and breathe out, right?  It does seem a little simple, but there are some methods that may be able to help any of us do a better job of managing our health.  Being active until we are out of breath, then allowing our bodies to make adjustments may work, but it may also put us in a situation in which our health is somewhat jeopardized.  If we can learn and develop better practices, we may be able to boost our health.  

There Are Some Good Breathing Exercises

Believe it or not, we can actually use some breathing exercises to enhance our breathing.  Each has a name or reference.  Using exercises involving our lips, nostrils, diaphragm, etc., can help us to train ourselves to utilize individual parts of our bodies so as to maximize our efforts.  They are intended to improve the efficiency of our respiratory systems.  As with so many other things, correct practice can make our process near perfect.

Correct Breathing May Help Us to Relax

Most of us have had the experience of getting ourselves a little too tense and using controlled breathing to calm down.  It actually may serve several good purposes.  Breathing is a process in which we are able to take in needed oxygen for our cells to use in order to function properly.  They use oxygen to help to use the food we eat in order to truly burn calories.  In return, our cells give off carbon dioxide.  This must be removed from the body and exhaled from the lungs.  While it sounds like a drawn out process, it happens very quickly.  If we are to stay healthy, we have to make this occur as efficiently as possible.  When we are too tense, controlled breathing can help us to slow down those processes that make us function.

Good Breathing Practices Can Do a Lot

When we learn to breathe correctly, it seems to help digestion as well as boost immunity.  Managing the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide can make a difference in the way our body does almost every physical function.  Of course, improving breathing can also help us to sleep.  Most of us would probably never think of that, but it is one of those special benefits of practicing something that we do naturally that can make it work better.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntersville, N.C.

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