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Positive Energy 410 - Better Breathing 

Let's do an experiment. Start with a nice, big breath. Breathe deeply. Now, let's do it again but this time pay attention to whether your mouth opens or whether your mouth stays shut.

It seems counterintuitive but mouth breathing can actually result in less oxygen for your body instead of more. The nose produces nitric oxide which improves the ability of the lungs to absorb oxygen and distribute it throughout your body. In addition to helping oxygenate your body, nitric oxide also
 is antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antibacterial.  

Breathing through your mouth can cause:

  • increased cavities
  • sinus congestion
  • increased irritability and bad moods
  • dry mouth and hoarseness
  • weakened immune system
  • nervous system imbalance/Anxiety
You may be unconsciously breathing through your mouth and suffering from some of the above side effects. Take time over the next few days to check in with your breath and whether you are breathing through your nose or mouth.  If you find yourself mouth breathing, gently close your mouth in a relaxed way and return to breathing through your nose.

As you relax your facial muscles and breathe through your nose, imagine your lungs filling up like balloons to fill your rib cage.  Let your lungs expand completely, 360 degrees around your entire rib cage. Take balanced, gentle, relaxed breaths.  

As you retrain yourself to inhale and exhale through your nose, you may notice:
  • decreased anxiety/ increased calm
  • healthier gums/less dry mouth
  • fewer infections and colds
  • reduced sinus congestion
  • better overall health
  • increased ability to regulate moods and energy
  • decreased bad breath

It's common for athletes, soldiers, and meditators to regulate their breathing. Why not experiment with your own breath and take notice of what happens.  Old habits are sometimes hard to break but you are worth the time and energy it takes to create a healthier you.

" Breathing is the essence of life. Breathe deeply, live fully."
 - Gabriella Goddard

"The quality of our breath expresses our inner feelings."
- TKV Desikachar

All the Best,
Rebecca Maldonado
  • Certified Massage Therapist (CAMTC #22775)
  • Movement Education
  • Corrective Exercise
  • Nutrition 
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