That’s right! Most people are! Most people breathe in short, shallow breaths, utilizing only a portion of your lung’s capacity. Think of your lungs as being the size of a tennis court, and our normal breathing engages something the size of a ping pong table. Why is this so important? After all, it’s not you think about breathing, it just happens automatically right?
Well, that is correct, but you can learn, actually our body can learn to breath in a better, deeper pattern. Here’s why it’s so important…
Remember learning that you are an electrical being? That you are literally a 24/7 electrical power plant? Well, 70% of the energy source for that electricity is oxygen!
This means your brain really needs a lot of oxygen – 90% – to perform at its best as it consumes 25% of your total oxygen intake.
Imagine you have an oxygen fuel line attached to your brain. For most people, their fuel line is pinched. This makes the heart work harder to get oxygen to your body and brain, which in turn catalyzes a hormonal response due to this stress. This chronic low-grade oxygen deprivation causes the heart to beat faster and develop rigid heart rate variability…like a brittle rubber that eventually snaps.
Deep breathing comes from the diaphragm to fill the lungs and the heart seeks to provide the power to do this. When we breath from our chest, we compromise the Oxygen levels we need and stress the heart. It can also trigger a physiological ‘fight or flight’ nervous system response. Breathing then actually aggravates the very thing we want to avoid – stress and anxiety reactions!
Unfortunately, while diaphragm breathing is how we are naturally wired (watch a baby breathing), sitting, lack of movement, weight and other factors change the way we breath daily. And, it’s costing us our health.
The Wellness Lab works with clients to retrain the body to breath naturally and deeply from the diaphragm to feel your best each day. A solution that is completely in your control!