Breath detoxifies, releases toxins and strengthens the immune system
Around 70% of our toxins are released from our body through our breath. Carbon dioxide is a natural waste product of your body’s metabolism. Breathing deeply helps the systems in the body to process this more efficiently.
Breath increases energy
Oxygen is the most essential natural resource required by our cells. We can go without food for up to 40 days and without water for three days yet we can die after just a few minutes of not breathing. From a purely physical point of view, breath equals life.
Breath improves the respiratory system
Breathing deeply helps to release tension in the diaphragm and primary breathing muscles, relieving many long-term respiratory issues such as asthma and breathlessness. It opens up the chest, releasing tension within the intercostal muscles and around the scapula, erector spinae and trapezius muscles, allowing for a more relaxed posture.
Breath calms the nervous system
Deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, bringing us into a relaxed state. It functions in the opposite way to the sympathetic nervous system, which stimulates activities associated with the fight or flight response.
Breath strengthens the lymphatic system
The lymphatic system depends on gravity, muscle movement and breathing to keep flowing so that the body can be cleansed. Deep breathing can play an important role in protecting the body from bacteria, viruses and other threats to our health.
Breath releases muscle tension
When we are stressed or experience uncomfortable feelings such as anger or pain, our breath becomes shallow and our muscle tissues contract. Deep breathing helps to release this.
Breath keeps us looking youthful
It’s a universal truth that a happy face is more beautiful than a stressed or angry one. Even better news… breathing deeply slows the ageing process by increasing secretion of anti-ageing hormones! By reducing stress, it improves our mood, elevating the levels of serotonin and endorphins. A 2013 study by Harvard Medical School’s psychiatry department showed that people who meditate daily for four years have longer telomeres – the protective caps found on the end of chromosomes – than those who do not. Short telomeres have been linked to premature cellular ageing.