Our bodies are a wonderful machine that works every second of every day, and it needs 3 things- food, water and oxygen. Oxygen levels in our body affects our metabolic rate. When we over-breathe (breathing more than necessary that creates ph imbalance) or do shallow breathing, both can affect the oxygen level in our body.
Shallow breathing involves mostly the chest rather than the abdomen, making breathing insufficient and requiring a person to take more breaths to get the same amount of oxygen in the body.
Breathing our secret weapon
If we breathe right , this is our secret weapon in increasing our metabolic rate and fighting the cravings. Problems are seen when people don’t take in enough oxygen. We cannot accumulate oxygen, consequently we must repeatedly provide our cells with fresh oxygen, so they can work efficiently.Breathing allows oxygen to enter our bodies
Oxygen provides the fuel that runs our bodies through a process called oxidation.
Oxidation changes the food we eat and the liquid we drink into energy, which is used by our body.
We must remember that our breathing patterns can change throughout the day due to for example our thoughts, feelings and emotions. Most of the population is breathing inefficiently, taking in only ⅕ of the needed oxygen. This causes our body to not work as efficiently, slowing down the metabolism, making our livers sluggish as well as our digestion just to name a few. Dieting changes our bodies metabolism because we are getting a short term gain (weight loss), but then when we go back to eating “normal”, the metabolism has shifted and works at a slower rate.
Breathing is also a cleansing tool for our body. It has been noted that 70% of our waste products are removed through our breathing! Wow isn’t that amazing.
Each day we remove billions of old cells that we no longer need, these old cells that are acidic in nature may be toxic if we let them build up. If we are getting enough oxygen into our bodies this removal works well. If we deep breath this allows our body to be in rest and digest mode which allows our body to heal and recover and especially during these hard times we want our body to be able to heal.
Breathing changes your body from the inside, it changes your cells. If you breathe correctly and enough, your cells become fat burners rather than fat stores.
Breathing correctly improves your digestion. With good digestion your body is able to efficiently receive all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients from the food you eat. When we breathe through our chest our body releases adrenaline keeping us in flight or fight mode. This is not the mode we want to always be as this makes our breathing ineffective.
Diagraphramgatic breathing technique
A Study has shown that diaphragmatic breathing increased both the participants total oxygen intake and metabolic rate1. There was also a significant difference in resting metabolic rate before and after diaphragm breathing exercise. Diaphragmatic breathing can also help with reducing stress by lowering cortisol levels2
Cortisol levels are linked to increased heart rate, high blood pressure, impaired cognitive performance, suppressed thyroid function and other imbalance. High Cortisol levels are also related to weight gain3
With this type of breathing, you can easily manage your blood PH levels which impacts our total appetite and intake more oxygen through the diaphragm to burn more fat.
Here is how to do Diagraphramgatic breathing
- Find a comfortable position where you can sit or lie down on your back straight.
- Begin by exhale, put one hand on your upper chest and the other on your belly.
- Breathe in slowly through your nose so that your stomach rises against your hand. The hand on the chest should remain still.
- Breathe out slowly through your mouth with pursed lips so that your stomach contracts . Make sure hands on the chest still remains still
Do this empty stomach three times a day, between 5-10 min.