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5 Ways To Improve Your Breathing

James Nestor | 11:59


Oh really the only people who could benefit from breathing correctly, are people who breathe. So if you don't breathe, then you probably won't get much benefit out of learning how to breathe better.

Hi, my name is James nester, I'm the author of breath, the new science of law start. And these are five ways to improve your breathing. Stop breathing through your mouth.

So breathing through your mouth isn't going to kill you, it's going to allow you to get enough oxygen to survive, but just surviving is different from being healthy. So compensation is different from really celebrating in vibrant health. So the difference between the mouth and nose, there are numerous differences. But the main ones are, the nose is the filter, this is our first line of defense for the body. The nose also heats up air, it pressurizes it, it moistens it, and it conditions it so that by the time that air gets to our lungs, we can extract about 20% More oxygen, breathing through our nose than we can equivalent breaths through the mouth. If you think that's not going to make a difference throughout the day, throughout your life, you're crazy when you start looking at so many chronic ailments from asthma, allergies, to even anxiety and how they are directly tied to the way in which you breathe. And oftentimes, they are tied to how we tend to over breathe, you start to understand that having that extra pressure and resistance in your breath. 

Is so essential to calming your body down filtering that air and allowing yourself to work at peak efficiency. And when we walk through the day, just for one, we're not filtering that air, but we're also taking in way too much air which stresses the body out. So a lot of you breathing through your mouth right now maybe thinking this guy's crazy. I breathe through my mouth, everyone I knows breathe through their mouths. What is crazy is to look at 5400 other mammals on the planet right now and look at how they're breathing. Dogs breathe through their mouths when they're thermo regulating to offload heat. But no other animal is an obligate mouth breather for a reason. It is terrible for our health. It affects how your face will look and makes you more susceptible to periodontal disease, it creates hyperventilation, it can stress you out, I can give you a whole laundry list of problems associated with it, the science is very clear. Don't breathe through your mouth, breathe through your nose as often as you can use your nose.

So if you were to take X ray of your head, which is something I've done, you would notice something at the front of your face, you would notice that we have all of these crazy structures right at the front of our face, these structures take up the equivalent space of a billiard ball, if you could just imagine putting the billiard balls in the middle of your head.

Those structures aren't there randomly. When we breathe air through our nose, we're forcing this air through a gauntlet of different passageways where that air is purified, and where that air is heated and pressurized. sea animals that live in shells use their shells to keep out invaders to keep themselves safe. We use our noses to do the exact same thing. So how we breathe affects every system of the body. It affects how your heartbeats it affects your circulation, it affects digestion, it affects how your brain operates. So if we are breathing in a dysfunctional way, if we're taking in way too much air, overworking ourselves all the time, we put these other systems of our body in a state of stress. And if you don't believe me, just try to hyperventilate right now for about 10 to 20 seconds, and see how you feel afterwards. 

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