Take a Deep Breath! How to Maximize The Tea and Overall Health!
If you haven’t read through the letter we send to new tea friends, we mention deep breathing.
This is more significant than you think. My cute mom, at 85 and before we knew about the tea, had been doing some deep breathing exercises for pain management called “Oxycise” — you can go to www.oxycise.com for more information.
While it didn’t makes sense for how deep breathing could affect pain from arthritis, old leg and knee injuries and back pain from osteoporosis, it worked. I did some studying up on breathing and health and this is what I learned!
As I read through it …. no wonder Mom felt so much better.
Breathing is the gateway for the tea to work its wonders
1. Deep Breathing Detoxifies and Releases Toxins
Your body is designed to release 70% of its toxins through breathing. If you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly ridding your body of its toxins i.e. other systems in your body must work overtime which could eventually lead to illness.
When you exhale air from your body you release carbon dioxide that has been passed through from your bloodstream into your lungs. Carbon dioxide is the natural waste of your body’s metabolism.
2. Deep Breathing Releases Tension
Think how your body feels when you are tense, angry, scared or stressed. It constricts. Your muscles get tight and your breathing becomes shallow. When your breathing is shallow you are not getting the amount of oxygen that your body needs.
3. Deep Breathing Relaxes the Mind/Body and Brings Clarity
Oxygenation of the brain reducing excessive anxiety levels. Paying attention to your breathing. Breathe slowly, deeply and purposefully into your body. Notice any places that are tight and breathe into them. As you relax your body, you may find that the breathing brings clarity and insights to you as well.
4. Deep Breathing Relieves Emotional Problems
Breathing will help clear uneasy feelings out of your body.
5. Deep Breathing Relieves Pain
You may not realize its connection to how you think, feel and experience life. For example, what happens to your breathing when you anticipate pain? You probably hold your breath. Yet studies show that breathing into your pain helps to ease it.
6. Breathing Massages Your Organs
The movements of the diaphragm during the deep breathing exercise massages the stomach, small intestine, liver and pancreas. The upper movement of the diaphragm also massages the heart.
When you inhale air your diaphragm descends and your abdomen will expand. By this action you massage vital organs and improve circulation in them. Controlled breathing also strengthens and tones your abdominal muscles.
7. Deep Breathing Increases Muscle
Breathing is the oxygenation process to all of the cells in your body. With the supply of oxygen to the brain this increases the muscles in your body.
8. Deep Breathing Strengthens the Immune System
Oxygen travels through your bloodstream by attaching to hemoglobin in your red blood cells. This in turn then enriches your body to metabolize nutrients and vitamins.
9. Deep Breathing Improves Posture
Good breathing techniques over a sustained period of time will encourage good posture. Bad body posture will result of incorrect breathing so this is such an important process by getting your posture right from early on you will see great benefits.
10. Deep Breathing Improves Quality of Your Blood
Deep breathing removes all the carbon-dioxide and increases oxygen in the blood and thus increases blood quality.
11. Deep Breathing Increases Digestion and Assimilation of Food
The digestive organs, such as the stomach, receive more oxygen, and hence operates more efficiently. The digestion is further enhanced by the fact that the food is oxygenated more.
12. Deep Breathing Improves the Nervous System
The brain, spinal cord and nerves receive increased oxygenation and are more nourished. This improves the health of the whole body, since the nervous system communicates to all parts of the body.
13. Deep Breathing Strengthen the Lungs
As you breathe deeply the lung become healthy and powerful, a good insurance against respiratory problems.
14. Deep Proper Breathing makes the Heart Stronger
Breathing exercises reduce the workload on the heart in two ways.
First, deep breathing leads to more efficient lungs, which means more oxygen, is brought into contact with blood sent to the lungs by the heart. So, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to deliver oxygen to the tissues.
Second, deep breathing leads to a greater pressure differential in the lungs, which leads to an increase in the circulation, thus resting the heart a little.
15. Deep Proper Breathing assists in Weight Control
Deep breathing provides your body’s cells with oxygen, which helps you absorb nutrients. It also stimulates your lymphatic system to get rid of toxins.
If your breath is shallow, also known as chest breathing, your cells are receiving less nutrients and your lymph system may be more sluggish, both of which may lead to weight gain, according to the study.
16. Deep Breathing Boosts Energy Levels and Improves Stamina
17. Breathing Improves Cellular Regeneration
18. Breathing Elevates Moods
Breathing increase pleasure-inducing neuro-chemicals in the brain to elevate moods and combat physical pain.
Breathing is instinctively the first and most important thing we do when we are born. A loudly crying baby is what every parent, doctor and midwife is waiting for because it means that the baby is alive, well and has made the transition from fetal life to life outside the womb.
This whole transition process at birth is fascinating and quick: The baby’s lungs, which were filled with fluid during pregnancy, have suddenly filed with oxygen from the air.
The fluid in the lungs is removed through the blood and lymph system, and is replaced by air. The baby’s lungs must be able to exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide.
At the same time, vigorous blood circulation in the lungs will begin. The miraculous glory of it all is truly worth spending a few moments on.
(Just Google “baby’s first breath” and get ready to be awed with the miracle of birth and procreation.)
Remarkably, the first few breaths after birth may be the most difficult breaths you have ever, or will ever take. Think of blowing up a tiny, new, un-stretched balloon. It’s not too different!
The problem is that as we get older we breathe higher and higher up in the lungs, often referred to as “chest breathing.” I truly believe this is where my Mom took the issue head on and changed her life and future, simply be having a deep breathing session on her bed for 15 minutes each day.
Babies and young healthy breathe from low down in their lungs and their bellies rise and fall as they breathe. The obvious answer for anyone who is interested in improving their health is to breathe like a baby with the whole body and with noticeable movement in and out from the belly, although of course you are not breathing from the belly, but the lungs, deep into the diaphragm.
How to Breathe Basics
Schedule your deep breathing exercise just as you would schedule important business appointments. Set aside a minimum of two 10 minute segments of time everyday although you can begin with two five minutes segments if you prefer.
Diaphragmatic breathing, often called deep breathing, is the healthiest way to breathe. Even though it may feel unnatural at first, deep breathing has many benefits, physical, mental and emotional.
In order to breathe properly you need to breathe deeply into your abdomen not just your chest.
Even in the old Greek and Roman times, doctors recommended deep breathing, the voluntary holding of air in the lungs, believing that this exercise cleansed the system of impurities and gave strength. This certainly is of great value to you in your work in the world.
Breathing exercises should be deep, slow, rhythmic, and through the nose, not through the mouth. The most important parts of deep breathing has to be regulating your breaths three to four seconds in, and three to four seconds out.
- Inhale through your nose, expanding your belly, then fill your chest. Counting to 5
- Hold and Count to 3. Feel all your cells filled with golden, healing, balancing Sun light energy
- Exhale fully from slightly parted mouth and Feel all your cells releasing waste and emptying all old energy. Count to five and repeat.
You may feel a little light headed at first, but it will all pay off!
Doesn’t that feel wonderful?