When we take a breath of fresh air into our lungs, oxygen passes from the lungs to the blood where it is picked up and carried through the blood vessels by a molecule called haemoglobin. This oxygen-rich blood is then pumped by the heart throughout the body so that oxygen can be offloaded to cells for conversion to energy. In order to release oxygen from the blood, however, haemoglobin requires a catalyst which invol
Breathing can be measured in two ways: the first is to count the number of breaths per minute; the second is to determine the size of each breath. Normal breathing rate for a grown adult at rest is about twelve breaths per minute, taking in half a litre of air per breath. These average measurements give a volume of six litres of air per minute. During asthma, hyperventilation, or a panic attack, breathing volume can
There are only two ways to increase carbon dioxide in the lungs. The first is by reducing the breathing volume and the second is by partaking in more physical exercise. Carbon dioxide is the end product from our metabolism, so the more we move our muscles the more carbon dioxide we generate. While exercising, stand up straight and imagine that a string of thread is gently lifting you up from the top of the back of
Our lives are so busy and so frantic with tens of thousands of thoughts each day that the mind never gets a break. This madness increases our breathing and creates insomnia, but since everyone is caught up in it, few see it for what it truly is. So, it is highly beneficial to devote twenty minutes to yourself every day. By observing your breathing, relaxing your inner body, and allowing your breathing to reduce, th
It is of vital importance to practice reduced breathing every day. After all chronic hyperventilation is a habit and the only way to change a habit is to practice doing the opposite. By doing so your brain recognises this new activity as habit and it becomes your natural tendency. It is often said that a ballerina dancer must practice each move 60 times in order for it to become embedded in the brain and to be seen a
To normalise your breathing volume, you need to practice special exercises to relax your body. This is done by bringing relaxation to your body and silently encouraging your breathing to decrease to the point where you feel a hunger for air. With a sustained shortage of air, the breathing centre is reset to direct more calm and gentle breathing. The more you keep your breathing quiet, the more this becomes your perma
Learning to breathe permanently through the nose is the first step to addressing overbreathing. The nose serves a number of very important functions, including the following: It warms and humidifies incoming air. It removes a significant amount of germs and bacteria. It results in more regular breathing (chaotic breathing disturbs blood gases, which can play a role in experiencing stress).
A measurement called the control pause (CP) was developed to measure relative breathing volume. Quite simply, it is the length of comfortable breath hold time following an exhalation. All you need is a watch or clock with a second hand. Here is how to measure your breathing volume: 1. Take a small, silent breath in and a small, silent breath out. 2. Hold your nose with your fingers to prevent air from entering your l