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The Importance of Carbon Dioxide – By Patrick McKeown

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...

What is over-breathing? By Patrick McKeown

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...

Basic Breathing Retraining

  There are three basic steps towards breath retraining:   ✦   Step One Become very aware of your breathing.  Feel, watch and listen to your breathing  as much as you can during the day, paying particular attention to what causes you to take big breaths. Ask yourself...

Breaking the Overbreathing Habit

  As babies  we instinctively  know how to breathe  using  the diaphragm,  with the tummy moving up and down with each breath. For the most part, the breathing  volume matches the exact needs of the metabolism;  this is how the human  body was intended to function and...

Symptoms of Hyperventilation

  Some of the symptoms of hyperventilation affect: ✦   The respiratory system in the form of wheezing, breath- lessness, coughing, chest tightness, frequent yawning, rhinitis (hay fever), snoring and sleep apnoea. ✦   The nervous system in the form of a light-headed...

How is your Breathing?

‘Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.’ Nathaniel Emmons   For the vast majority of people, breathing  is an everyday fact of life which occurs on a subconscious  level. It is something that  is  all  too often  taken  for  granted   –  until...