Do you know which nutrient is the most vital to your body? It is possible to reside days without water and weeks without food, but you can just reside minutes without oxygen. Oxygen is the key to a well-functioning body. Although the brain constitutes about 2% of your body weight, it uses roughly 25 percent of your oxygen. So to be able to “feed” your brain the nutrients it requires for your body to function at its peak levels, you want to breathe properly.
I bet you are probably saying,”I understand how to breathe. I’ve been doing it my entire life. If I was not breathing I’d be dead.” But you’d only be partly correct. Yes, you’ve been breathing your entire life. And if you weren’t breathing you would be dead. But I am almost sure that you don’t understand how to breathe the ideal way to get the most amount of oxygen in your body. We are living in a world of shallow breathers. We do not expand our lungs almost as much as we could or should with every breath we take.
It isn’t that we intentionally breathe in this way. It’s just that nobody ever showed us how to breathe properly to get the most amount of oxygen in our system. Your body is a strong organic machine that can adapt over time. Your body has learned to work using the specific quantity of oxygen that you currently take in with each breath. But what if there was a way to bring more oxygen from your lungs into your body? What would that do to your health and energy level?
If you could increase the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream, even by only a little bit, you could greatly improve your brain function, power and immunity. So how can you get more oxygen in your system? You’re probably thinking that I will let you breathe deeper with every breath, but I’m not. Sure, you can breathe deeper and pull more oxygen in your lungs. But in order to fully benefit from it, you will need to get it from the lungs into the places it has to go. And only breathing deeper won’t attain this.
Sure you can breathe deeper AND hold your breath longer, but that approach is not always safe or practical. Plus, you’re so conditioned to breathe the way you now do, it would be near impossible to retrain your body to always breathe this way. So what are your choices? There are numerous breathing exercises I have discovered through the years that may help you attain this goal. I will share one of these with you.
This exercise is simple to perform and requires no special equipment. Best of all it can be done almost anywhere.
- If you’re new to deep breathing you might realize that you get slightly dizzy or light headed initially. This is why I advise you to do not practice this exercise when driving until you get the hang of it. Your body is truly full of more oxygen then it’s used to, so you could encounter an intoxicated feeling until your body adjusts. Should you experience this, it is going to go away in a brief time. Just keep practicing the exercise.
- If at any time during this exercise you can’t hold your breath , just breathe normally.
- If you have any health conditions that affect your breathing, then please don’t attempt this exercise until you consult with your Doctor.
So let’s give it a try today. Sit or lay down in a comfortable position. Breathe in through your mouth or nose, filling your upper and lower lungs with air. Once you feel like your lungs are completely full, try to breathe in a bit more without exhaling. Chances are that you’ll have the ability to get a bit more air into your lungs. Without exhaling, breathe in again and try to bring even more air into your lungs. Again, odds are that you’ll have the ability to do this. Now hold your breath for about a count of ten (or so long as you can) and then exhale. You may see that you must cough when you first start doing this exercise. It’s common for many people to experience this. Over time you will most likely notice that you have the ability to take in more air, since you’ve enlarged your lung capacity. You can do this exercise many times at a sitting and can do it up to a number of times every day. Just do what feels best for you.