Proper breathing – detoxification and relaxation of the body
Breathing is one of the actions of our body that keeps us alive. We breathe in the oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Breathing helps us to supply all cells in our body with the oxygen and the brain consumes 20% of the oxygen that we breathe. It is also an important part of the body detoxification because 70% of toxins goes out of our bodies by breathing. In addition to these life-important actions, proper breathing strengthens the immune system, reduces stress, accelerates healing, solves our anxiety and depression, reduces muscle tension, fatigue and headaches, regulates heart rate and blood pressure and improves blood and lymph flow. Every breath is accompanied by muscle contractions, which massage the internal organs, helps our digestion and removes toxins.
Breathing consists of two acts – breathing in and breathing out. These actions are executed automatically. A person does approximately 21,000 to 22,000 breaths a day and enters 8,000-9,000 liters of air. Although these actions spend a lot of energy, by breathing body gets the most energy back. Despite the fact that breathing is automatic, we should gain conscious control of it. Control of breathing in and breathing out are acquired through breathing exercises.
People today mostly breathe using their chests and this represents an improper way of breathing. The proper way includes stomach and upper and lower part of the lungs. On average, we breathe about 18 times and enter 7,500 cubic meters of air per minute, but the ideal would be to breathe 6-8 times per minute and enter the 12,000 cubic meters of air. This way we breathe more air and the body consumes less energy. To achieve this it is necessary to learn how to breathe properly.
Breathing exercises should be performed for about ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the evening. It is necessary to find a peaceful and quiet place where we can practice breathing. Lay hands on your stomach and chest and take a deep breath. First, we fill the stomach and lungs with the air. Count to 4 when you breathe in and feel under your hand how your belly is being puffed. Hold your breath until you count to 16, then exhale counting to 8. Now you can feel how your stomach is sucked in. It is not necessary to count – inhalation should be twice shorter than the exhalation, and exhale twice shorter than holding your breath. This action is repeated a dozen times daily, in the morning and in the evening. In order to breathe properly, it is very important to spend time in nature or at least often ventilate space where we live.