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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 feeling, poor concentration, numbness,  sweating, dizziness, ver- tigo, tingling of hands and feet, faintness, trembling  and headache.

✦   The heart, typically a racing heartbeat,  pain in the chest region, and a skipping or irregular heartbeat.

✦   The mind, including  some  degrees  of anxiety, tension, depression, apprehension and stress.

✦   Other general symptoms include mouth dryness, fatigue, bad  dreams,  nightmares, dry  itchy  skin, sweaty palms, increased  urination  such as bed wetting or regular visits to the  bathroom  during  the  night,  diarrhoea,  constipa- tion, general weakness and chronic exhaustion.

 

Why do we overbreathe?

Earlier  on,  I explained  that  when  we overbreathe  permanently, the respiratory centre in the brain is trained to accept a lower level of carbon dioxide. There are many reasons why we overbreathe, although not all of them may apply to every- one. These  factors are more prevalent  in countries  experiencing  increasing  modernisation  and  affluence,  and  that prevalence helps explain why there are such high incidences of asthma and other diseases of civilisation in the same countries. Briefly, these factors include: incorrect eating habits; the belief that it is good to take ‘big breaths’; stress; more home heating;  wearing  too much  clothing;  lack of physical exercise, and pollution.

 

Benefits of Reduced Breathing

Reduced breathing due to what is called the Bohr effect leads to  better  oxygenation  of all of the  body’s cells and  tissues which in turn enables  all the organs  to function  more  efficiently.  Almost  everyone  who  have  attended Asthma  Care clinics worldwide report not just a significant improvement in their  asthma,  but  also  an  improvement in  their  general health and well-being.

In addition,  they reported  increased  energy levels; less dependence on stimulants  such as caffeine; increased calmness;  reduced  anxiety and  normalisation  of  weight  –  all within a relatively short period of time. Chronic complaints such as headaches, constipation  and spasmodic conditions – caused by incorrect breathing  and dietary factors or as result of side effects from asthma  related  medication  – were also gradually eliminated.

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