IMPROVE YOUR LIFE WITH ALKALINE BREATHING
Let’s face it, if we stop breathing, we also stop living. This is one of the reasons yogi’s call the breath the essential food, because what we know as life can’t exist without the breath. It is also essential because the breath provides the body with oxygen, and rids the body of the toxin carbon dioxide. This is called the gas exchange.
If the body doesn’t receive enough oxygen health problems are guaranteed. Every cell in the body needs oxygen. The body is made up of tens of trillions of cells. As we inhale we receive oxygen and feed those cells, and as we exhale we remove the waste product of breathing carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a major influence on the pH balance of the blood’s alkalinity. When too much carbon dioxide is in the blood the body becomes more acidic and lowers the pH balance of the blood. So breathing isn’t just essential for living, it is also essential for our health and well-being. When the body can’t maintain a healthy pH balance between 7.35 and 7.45, it responds with illness and sickness. This is one of the reasons why the breathe is so important.
The way we breathe
It’s not unusual to take the breath for granted, because it is on autopilot. We think that because we have an inhale and an exhale there is no more that we need to understand, but the truth is most of us need to improve our breathing. We tend to breathe shallowly (chest breathing) providing minimal oxygen into our lungs and bloodstream. Improving our breathing is one of the most effective ways to improve everyday stress levels and health.
learning how to improve your breathing
In this video, Dr. Popp talks about how to breathe. In particular, he demonstrates how you can find out rather you are breathing correctly. He provides you with knowledge and the basic tools to help you improve your breathing.
The video provides very useful information. Here are the points that stuck out to me as I reviewed the video:
- There are different ways to breath, but for the purpose of this video diaphragm deep belling breathing is the topic of discussion.
- The amount oxygen we take in as we inhale, and the amount of carbon dioxide we remove on the exhale makes a difference when it comes to alkalinity or the acidity of the bodies fluids.
- The diaphragm is the primary breathing muscle.
- Place one hand on your belly, and one hand on your chest.
- Notice rather the belly or the chest is rising. Try not to force it, let the breath come naturally.
- If the chest is rising, you know that you are chest breathing, and have to learn to breathe deeper into your belly.
- If the belly is rising, that is good, because the diaphragm is pulling down, and this is what you want to happen.
- If you can’t notice rather you are chest or belly breathing, try laying on your back with your hands on your belly and chest, and notice how the breath is working within you. See if you can direct the breath towards your belly without the rise of your shoulders and chest.
Spend at least 5 minutes practicing deep belly diaphragm breathing and notice how things change.
Greetings, my name is Kam Kyser aka Omfit Kam, and I am a personal trainer and yoga instructor. I am passionate about the world of fitness and nutrition. I’m always looking for ways to improve what I know and to help others along their spiritual and fitness journey. If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I would love to hear from you.