8 Benefits of Nose Breathing ๐Ÿ‘ƒ

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Anatomically, the nose is an organ in the human body, specially designed for breathing. When we are born, we, only breath through our nose for several months until our respiratory tract is fully developed. Then, we, also breath through our mouth as when required in certain situations maybe during nasal blockage or in an anxious state or when in air hunger after a massive task. But, fundamentally, we are designed to breathe only through our nose, which is not just necessary but also very beneficial.

The importance of nasal breathing are :

1.Filtration: Nasal breathing causes the air to filter through the nasal passage by the cilia and mucus present so that the purified air goes to the lungs. The air gets filtered from the harmful air bourne particles and potential dangers of virus and bacteria before reaching the lungs.
2.Regulates the temperature of air: Nasal breathing can also regulate the air temperature, we breathe in before reaching the lungs. As soon as we breathe, if the air is cold, it gets warmed up before reaching the lungs. And the opposite can occur, we live in a hot climate.
3.Conditioning: Nasal breathing causes the air to humidify in the nasal cavity so that the inhaled air becomes moist and humid. And the oxygen can be easily absorbed by the tissues after reaching the lungs. The air gets conditioned with negative ions so that they can get attached to positively charged ion particles, neutralizes free radicals, enhance the immune system and balance the autonomic nervous system.
4.Reduces stress: Nasal breathing is deep and relaxing as it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and relaxes the muscles of the diaphragm and belly.
5. Efficient oxygen use: Nasal breathing optimizes the oxygen uptake by the lung tissues during inhalation as the breathing is deep and relaxing and expels the carbon dioxide during the exhalation. The ratio and balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide are efficiently maintained.
6. Probiotics: Our nose is a host of probiotic colonies which usually attack the invading bacteria, viruses and fungi before they can enter the rest of the respiratory passage and lungs.
7.Nitric Oxide: When we breathe through the nose, it creates Nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a natural vasodilator. So, when present in the inhaled air, Nitric oxide reaches the body tissues causes increase blood flow to the organs and lower the blood pressure.
8.Promotes oral hygiene: Nasal breathing does not interfere with the normal functioning of the oral cavity. When there is mouth breathing, the mouth gets dried up from the saliva which otherwise cleans up the oral cavity by washing away from bacteria, oral microbiome, maintain the hygiene of the teeth and gums. So, individual breathing through mouth suffers from dental issues and halitosis (bad breath).

So the benefits are tremendous with Nose breathing. Mouth breathing is devoid of these fantastic benefits as it is primarily not designed for breathing.

After a heavy workout or during running, or while sleeping like in Sleep apnoea, the body tries to compensate with mouth breathing to let out the excess blood carbon dioxide level which has gone up. Mouth breathing is shallow and fast, which stimulate the sympathetic system and causes more stress. Mouth breathing causes snoring while sleeping, so some people are advised clinically to use mouth tape to avoid it.


There are different techniques and exercises about how to clear out our nasal passage and facilitate this standard mechanism of nasal breathing. Some popular methods are the Buteyko method and the Yogic breathing, which is alternate nostril breathing or Pranayama.
A method of restoring nasal breathing byย Patrick McKeown, of Buteyko clinic:

Lung cleansing: 8 natural ways ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Our lungs are contaminated every day with environmental toxins, pollutants, dust, second-hand smoke, chemicals, microbes (bacteria, viruses) and the list goes on and on. During this corona virus pandemic, the risk is even higher. Such health hazard, often, lead to various chronic and acute lung issues like Asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, COPD, lung cancer.ย Usually, our lungs can detox and heal themselves once the sources of pollutions are eliminated or significantly reduced. So, nowadays, we often hear about shifting home location towards the outskirts or semi-rural areas rather than staying in urban cities. Whether, we have the option of moving site or not, but we can take necessary steps of detoxifying and cleansing the lungs easy ways and prevent us from chronic respiratory issues and diseases. Lung cleansing can promote healing, normal lung functioning, reduces inflammation of bronchial lining, clear mucus and improves lung circulation.

 

So the simple steps that we can regularly adapt to detox and keep our lungs healthy:

1. Perform deep breathing exercises daily. Though breathing is normal but deep breathing involves diaphragmatic breathing which helps to strengthen the diaphragm and oxygen-carrying capacity of the lungs. Oxygen is nourishing for all cells and all vital processes to carry out smoothly. As we age, diaphragm, which is a muscle, start to become weaker. So, when we perform diaphragmatic breathing, it’s like trying to deep breathe into the belly. In the process, the diaphragm gets contracted, and air fills up. Slowly, as we exhale, the diaphragm relaxes. It creates a back pressure in the alveoli, which in turn improve the lung compliance and help to detox the lungs. Deep breathing also reduces stress significantly. It is essential to do daily 9-10 times of deep breathing exercise. You can get more information on this type of breathing technique from my previous post https://healthhappinesshealing.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=3659&action=edit

2. Another critical factor is to improve air quality at home. It is just not possible to control the external environment, but we can maintain the quality of air in the space we live every day. We need to make sure to change the air filters of the electrical appliances at home regularly. It’s essential to limit the use of air fresheners and scented candles as they contain harsh chemicals which may be harmful. Ensure adequate air ventilation and regular vacuum cleaning to maintain clean airflow at home.

3. Quit smoking: Cigarette smoke contains more than 7000 toxins. Researches have shown a direct link of smoking associated with lung cancer. Smoking also causes chronic inflammation of the bronchial linings and the lungs. So, there is a lot of health hazard associated with smoking rather than any health benefit.

4. Second-hand smoke: Even if you or I do not smoke, but, we are exposed to second-hand smoke, then we carry the same risk of health hazard like smoking a Cigarette. So, it’s essential to stay away from exposure to second-hand smoke. Therefore, always avoid places where you have a risk of inhaling second-hand smoke.

5. Apart from breathing exercise, doing physical activity regularly outside of your home, preferably in a park or open area, to ensure that your cardiovascular system is activated and you can breathe the fresh air every day.

6. Personal care: Having a hot shower, or using a heating pad on the back eases the intercostal muscles of the rib cage and help to soothe during breathing. Getting percussion or vibration on the backside will also accelerate breathing and healing process of the lungs during chronic ailments.

7. Food: Like all organs, lungs also required proper nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants for healing and proper functioning. Adequate nourishment from food rich in vitamin C, D, antioxidants, polyunsaturated fatty acids, drinking enough water, exposure to sunlight and limiting the intake of sugar and dairy products, all helps in the proper functioning of the lungs.

8. Some familiar sources which are nourishing and healing for lungs are ginger, green tea, oregano, peppermint leaves, liquorice, and lemon. Measures like eucalyptus oil steam inhalation and castor oil packs found to have a beneficial effect on the lungs.

Thanks for reading.

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