You know you are breathing now since that is necessary to be alive and reading this article, but are you deep breathing?
Most of us do not breathe deeply; this fast paced life has developed a nation full of shallow breathers.
Shallow breathing was adversely affecting my health and incapacitating me in my life. As a young person, I did not realize that it was my breathing which was causing my stomach aches all the time. During my teens, I was medicated for this with little yellow pills. It was worse when I was stressed.
Learning How to Breathe into my Belly Changed my Life! You can read below the whole story and the many ways it can help you.
13 Health Benefits of Deep Breathing
All of these benefits are things I have noticed in my health and life.
1. Respiratory System Works Better
Respiratory difficulties such as asthma and bronchitis can lessen.
Chest pains can lessen.
2. Digestive System Does its Job
What I have learned through my health coaching is that constipation is very common and is often due to shallow breathing. When people learn to breathe into their lower abdomen they begin to have regular bowel movements right away.
Breathing into the gut massages the internal organs to function well. It calms the emotions which directly affects the digestion system. There are other ways to improve digestion but this is an easy one.
3. Lymph System Works Well
Increases circulation of lymphatic fluid which speeds recovery after illnesses.
4. Circulation System Moves
Increases oxygen to the heart
Blood circulates and congestion is relieved throughout the body.
There is a flow of oxygen to the brain and eyes.
5. Immune System has More Energy
Helps tissues to regenerate and heal.
Creates more energy for the body to heal and detoxify.
6. Nervous System is Calmer
Anxiety can be reversed by deeply breathing patterns.
Can balance the two sides of the brain.
7. Muscular and Structurally you Move
When you breathe easier you move easier.
Reduces muscular tension.
Increases flexibility and strength of joints.
8. Cleansing Systems Work Better
Excess fluids are eliminated through the breath.
Stress on organs of elimination is less so the body can naturally cleanse.
9. Mentally Here
Mental observation and concentration is improved.
Greater productivity and learning.
Better decision making.
10. Physical Appearance is Better
Wrinkles are less from improved circulation.
Breathing helps create beautiful skin at any age.
11. Emotionally Feel Better
Being deeply relaxed reduces feelings of stress.
Releases endorphins, natural painkillers that create a natural high and easy sleep.
Creates more awareness and self-love leading to a healthier life.
Self-love can help to have greater compassion for others.
Sexual enjoyment in increased by being more present with your partner and breathing well increases the intensity of an orgasm. It really is a natural aphrodisiac.
Intuition increases from being more relaxed.
My Story – How Breathing Changed My Life Forever
One week in the 70′s I found myself in a very stressful situation that caused so much stomach pain I was literally walking around bent over. I could not stand upright due to the pain and was not breathing deeply but did not realize it. It became so bad I was hospitalized and given Demerol which took away the pain and of course made me feel high. Being the 70’s that seemed fun for a bit but even back then I was all about being natural so I did not want to be taking chemicals into my body.
I left the hospital with those same little yellow pills I had taken in my teens (not sure what they were called but they made the painless). I knew I had to do something because I did not want to be taking those pills in order to live, but what?
Relaxing seemed a way forward so I enrolled in a yoga class, a friend was teaching and this is when I learned how to breathe. Every morning, I would do yoga and everyday practice breathing into my belly while lying on my bed. It was important to totally focus on doing it as it was so not what I was accustomed to doing. Whenever I noticed the stomach pain returning I would lie down and practice breathing. Later I would practice belly breathing whenever I was sitting around, then when quietly walking and anytime I remembered during the day. Naturally, I found myself breathing into my belly consistently. It is not a noticeable deep breathing just naturally breathing into my whole body gently.
Mostly, we do not learn to breathe properly; just very shallow breathing. Knowing how to breathe and relax is a skill that has served me well for many years, and I urge everyone to learn it.
HOW to Breathe Your Way to Optimum Health
1. Laugh More.
Laughter really is the best medicine’ for health.
When we laughing the amount of air we take in increases and the muscles in our chest loosen. Most of us have laughed so hard that we gasp for air and say please stop making me laugh. Find a laughter group and club or yoga that is based on laughter.
2. Improve your air quality.
Breathing more doesn’t do you any good if the air is toxic. Here are 3 Quick Tip to Improve Air Quality.
3. Practice learning how to breathe
Most people I have worked with do not know how to breathe into their belly. There are all sorts of complicated lessons on breathing but really it does not have to be that difficult. After all babies do this naturally; it is not rocket science. What we want to do is get back to breathing the way we did as a baby.
a. Diana’s Method: Here is my own method to learn how to breath more with your belly.
b. 3 Powerful Yogic/chi-gong Breathing Exercises for improved health.