To correct common oxygen deficiency the first step is to create habits to your daily life which will increase oxygen naturally. You can find them explained further in the slide show “Free Ways To Increase Your Oxygen Level”
Oxygen is the worlds most basic fuel! Most people are starved of oxygen and end up with oxygen deficiency because of several factors including
- Eating cooked food,
- Not breathing from the diaphragm,
- Eating animal products and processed food,
- Living a sedentary life-style,
- Living in houses full of stagnant, oxygen depleted air,
- Living in cities full of stagnant oxygen depleted air.
In this six part series we are looking at each of these in more detail. Today’s topic is oxygen and breathing.
Free Ways to Correct Oxygen Deficiency, Part 2: Breathing
Many diseases simply cannot exist in an adequately oxygenated body. This is why hyperbaric oxygen chambers are such powerful life saving tools in hospitals. The more oxygen that is available to your body, the healthier is can be.
Did you know that breathing patterns are learned from the people you grew up with? If your caregivers were deep breathers, you learned how to breath deeply by mimicking what you saw. If they were shallow breathers, then you learned that also. The good news is that you can create new breathing habits.
Shallow breathing, thoracic breathing, or chest breathing is described as drawing minimal breath into the lungs, specifically by drawing air into the chest area using the intercostal muscles (upper chest muscles) rather than by using the full lungs which means using the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle located at the bottom of the rib cage, horizontally between the chest cavity and stomach cavity.
On the other hand, diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing, also called deep breathing, is taking breaths that are done by contracting and relaxing the diaphragm. When a breath is taken using the diaphragm, air enters the lungs and the belly must expands.
“This deep breathing is marked by expansion of the abdomen rather than the chest when breathing. It is considered by some to be a healthier and fuller way to ingest oxygen, and is sometimes used as a therapy for hyperventilation, anxiety disorders and stuttering.”
The basic steps to do deep breathing from the diaphragm are:
- Sit or lie comfortably, with loose garments.
- Put one hand on your chest and one on your stomach.
- Slowly inhale through your nose or through pursed lips (to slow down the intake of breath).
- As you inhale, push your belly/ stomach out and feel your stomach expand with your hand.
Breathing exercises such as this one should be done twice a day or whenever you find your mind dwelling on upsetting thoughts or when you are experiencing pain. Breathing is the most basic way to combat common oxygen deficiency. The following is an excerpt from the article Health Hint: Breathing Exercises at amsa.org:
Abdominal Breathing Technique
Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. When you take a deep breath in, the hand on the abdomen should rise higher than the one on the chest. This insures that the diaphragm is pulling air into the bases of the lungs.
After exhaling through the mouth, take a slow deep breath in through your nose imagining that you are sucking in all the air in the room and hold it for a count of 7 (or as long as you are able, not exceeding 7)
Slowly exhale through your mouth for a count of 8. As all the air is released with relaxation, gently contract your abdominal muscles to completely evacuate the remaining air from the lungs. It is important to remember that we deepen respirations not by inhaling more air but through completely exhaling it.
Repeat the cycle four more times for a total of 5 deep breaths and try to breathe at a rate of one breath every 10 seconds (or 6 breaths per minute). At this rate our heart rate variability increases which has a positive effect on cardiac health.
Once you feel comfortable with the above technique, you may want to incorporate words that can enhance the exercise. Examples would be to say to yourself the word, relaxation (with inhalation) and stress or anger (with exhalation). The idea being to bring in the feeling/emotion you want with inhalation and release those you don’t want with exhalation.
In general, exhalation should be twice as long as inhalation. The use of the hands on the chest and abdomen are only needed to help you train your breathing. Once you feel comfortable with your ability to breathe into the abdomen, they are no longer needed.
Abdominal breathing is just one of many breathing exercises. But it is the most important one to learn before exploring other techniques. The more it is practiced, the more natural it will become improving the body’s internal rhythm.
As a supplement to any deep breathing exercise routine, OxygenSuperCharger can be used to increase your body’s available oxygen.
How do you get into the habit of breathing more deeply? Place objects or a few sticky dots in places you will see them each day: like on your review mirror, next to your computer monitor, above your kitchen sink. When you see them, just take a few deep diaphragm breaths. The most simple and basic way to combat oxygen deficiency.
In Part 3 we will look further into free ways to increase oxygen and how eating animal products and processed food decreases available oxygen.
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