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Breathing Right

Atualizado: 28 de set. de 2022

Understandably, oxygen is essential to life. We automatically breathe. It’s necessary to survive, and yet getting it in the right proportion is becoming more challenging. That’s due to being subdued to life’s strains that come in many forms. When we do it right, we change our perception to what we can achieve!

Breathing right, not only keeps us alive, but it helps improve our quality of life. Facing the challenge of our environment can put pressure on the breathing tracts; the organs that are involved in breathing. These include the nose, throat, larynx, trachea, bronchi, and lungs, known as the respiratory system. Therefore, understanding and acting on the benefits of best form pays dividends.

The role of the respiratory system is to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. This is known as respiration. The cells of the body use oxygen to perform functions that keep us alive. The waste product created by the cells once they have performed these functions is carbon dioxide. We have to shed it out of our system, and then reoxygenate.

We naturally learn how to breathe, so it should be easy to go through life. And for many people learning the correct way to get the most out of breathing correctly doesn’t present difficulty. For others it’s a major flaw and they often don’t realize it, blaming it on other issues. For example, tiredness could be linked to breathing incorrectly. If we don’t oxygenate well, we tend lack energy.

The correct way to breathe is called belly breathing, also known as diaphragmatic breathing or horizontal breathing. What you do is inhale using your belly. Your belly should come outward as you take in air, and you'll feel your lungs opening up. This draws oxygen all the way down into the bottom of your lungs.

There are many states that impact different results. Sometimes even the most seasoned person in sports does it incorrectly. Correct breathing is vital for welfare. Correct form means inhaling and exhaling through the nose, as such inhalation is beneficial primarily because it allows your nasal cavities to:

  • reduce exposure to foreign substances

  • humidify and warm inhaled air

  • increase air flow to arteries, veins, and nerves

  • increase oxygen uptake and circulation

  • slow down breathing

  • improve lung volume

  • help your diaphragm work properly

  • lower your risk of allergies and hay fever

  • reduce your risk of coughing

  • aid your immune system

  • lower your risk of snoring and sleep apnea

  • support the correct formation of teeth and mouth

Coupled to deep breathing for oxygenation, breathing right makes performance enhanced for feats of excellence. Deep breathing which was introduced in a previous blog needs to be explored in more detail in a future blog, as benefits are twofold and the subject is extensive.

Take care!

Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Subdued (adj) = passive, submissive, quiet, unresponsive, restrained

Strains (n) = tensions, stresses, worries, anxieties, pressures

Larynx (n) = the hollow muscular organ forming an air passage to the lungs and holding the vocal cords in humans and other mammals; the voice box.

Trachea (n) = windpipe, throat / Bronchi (n) = bronchial tube

shed it out (v) = phrasal verb (transitive form) to get rid of temporarily or permanently as superfluous or unwanted, to give off, discharge, or expel from the body of a plant or animal. Shed out can also be to distribute in UK.

Flaw (n) = fault, error, defect, mistake, failing, blemish, imperfection Seasoned (adj) = experienced, veteran, tested, weathered. Expert having a lot of experience of doing something and therefore knowing how to do it well: a seasoned traveler. a seasoned campaigner for human rights. Synonym. experienced approving.

Welfare (n) = health, safety, prosperity, benefit, wellbeing, happiness, (ant) harm

Hay fever (n) = an allergy caused by pollen or dust in which the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose are itchy and inflamed, causing a runny nose and watery eyes. Symptoms include sneezing and coughing, or blocked nose, or irritated throat, mouth, nose and ears.

Feat (n) = an achievement that requires great courage, skill, or strength (syn) accomplishments, deeds, acts. Feat implies strength or dexterity or daring.

Twofold (adj) = double, dual, twin

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