Breathing Deep - How Important?
Deep breathing has been shown to burn 140% more calories than riding a stationary bike. Oxygen is the key to metabolism, we must have oxygen to burn fat. With that in mind, here are a few exercises to get you going.
Full Chest and Abdominal Breathing
Slow and rhythmic breath through the nose, fill lungs completely. Follow with slow rhythmic exhale until lungs are emptied completely. Perform 6-10 reps, 5-6 times daily.
To have continuous benefit of deep breathing take a deep breath every five minutes. The results can be very dramatic but the problem is making the practice habitual.
Extending the benefits of deep breathing
Our lungs are very elastic and more space is usually available even when you feel you have taken a full breath. After your very full, slow, breath take in three additional short breaths the same applies when exhaling.
Quotes from experts in the field
Nobel Prize Winner – Dr. Otto Warburg, President, Institute of Cell Physiology
“Deep breathing techniques which increase oxygen to the cell are the most important factors in living a disease free and energetic life...Remember. Where cells get enough oxygen, cancer will not, cannot occur.”
Dr. Sheldon Hendler, MD, Medical Researcher Cell Oxygenation, Author “The Oxygen Breakthrough” “Oxygenation through deep breathing boosts the immune system and can rid the body of chronic illnesses.”
Dr. Robert Fried, Breath Connection, Insight Books, 1990 p.52 “All body functions are breathing related. Proper oxygen delivery to all parts of your body is crucial to health and well-being. Aerobic exercise increases the body's available oxygen and therefore promotes wellness. Delivering oxygen to the body is the responsibility of the respiratory system. Breathing is the process by which air enters the bloodstream, via the lungs. Thus, proper breathing, and correcting common breathing disorders, is the ultimate form of aerobics.”
Stephen Levine, a respected molecular biologist and geneticist, and Dr. Paris M. Kidd, PhD., Antioxidant Adaption “Oxygen plays a pivotal role in the proper functioning of the immune system. We can look at oxygen deficiency as the single greatest cause of all diseases.”
Dr. James Shields, MD, Lymph, lymph glands, and homeostasis. Lymphology, v25, n4, Dec. 1992, p. 147 “Deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the cleansing of the lymph system by creating a vacuum effect which pulls the lymph through the bloodstream. This increases the rate of toxic elimination by as much as 15 times the normal rate.”