- Poor concentration, lethargy (no energy).
- Poor sleep and insomnia
- Mood disorders
- Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
- Tension, headaches
Breathing is something you can control and regulate, it is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed and clear state of mind.
A man can live a week without water, few months without food, several (5-7) days without sleep. But his life will end 2-3 minutes if his is not breathing.
Human been consists 75 000 000 000 000 cells and they all must BREATH. The extraordinary virtues of breath are well known to both psychiatrists and psychologists. Its been determined that the breath of an even tempered man is different from the breath of a man that is in a stressed state.Every emotion has a corresponding rhythm of breathing. This rhythm I’m breathing presents an important, even in athletes, high achievements for sports are impossible if you are not breathing correctly. But what’s going on when you breathe? A lot of mysteries are hidden in here as well.
When we inhale our lungs expand the alveoli, which are the tiny bubbles that the lung consist of begin to fill with air. The oxygen is then transported to the tissues of the organs and into the cells, where oxidative reactions necessary for our metabolism take place. Scientists agree that oxygen, so important to our life and its processes, can be a mortally dangerous enemy to our life and they call it a paradox of oxygen. Over-breathing (hyperventilation) reduces oxygen delivery to the brain, heart, kidneys and other vital organs; creates spasms in various systems; damages metabolism and the functioning of the nervous, cardio-vascular, respiratory and immune systems. Over time, hyperventilation will gradually destroy a person’s health and energy system
1. If you get stressed, your breathing increases. If you’re experiencing long-term stress, your body habituates a heavier volume of breathing.
2. Interestingly, processed foods, which tend to acidify your blood in an attempt to maintain normal pH, will also make you breathe heavier. This is because one of the roles of carbon dioxide, which is in your blood, is to regulate pH. Processed, high protein and high grain meals have the greatest adverse effect on the way you breathe.
Slower breathing leads to a longer life.
The Buteyko Breathing Normalization method—is a powerful approach for reversing health problems associated with improper breathing. The most common of which are excessive breathing and mouth breathing.
The development of the method was begun in Moscow in the early 1950s by a Russian medical doctor named Konstantin P. Buteyko, who discovered that excessive-breathing is a major contributing factor to, and quite possibly a cause for many diseases.
Typical characteristics of over breathing include mouth breathing, upper chest breathing, sighing, noticeable breathing during rest, and taking large breaths prior to talking.
The Breathing Normalization method teaches you how to bring your breathing volume back toward normal or, in other words, to reverse what’s called chronic hyperventilation or chronic over breathing. When your breathing is normal, you have better oxygenation of tissues and organs, including your brain.
Why you must learn the Breathing Normalization method
When you breathe through your nose, you carry a small portion of the oxygen into your lungs. Asthmatics typically breathe through the mouth. They also tend to breathe heavier and have a higher respiratory rate than non-asthmatics. Heavier breathing volume that’s coming into your lungs cause a disturbance of blood gasses, including the loss of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Carbon dioxide is not merely a waste gas.
Although you breathe to get rid of excess CO2, it’s very important that your breathing volume is normal, in order to maintain a balanced amount of CO2 in your lungs.
“If you’re breathing too heavily, you lose carbon dioxide, and smooth muscles surrounding your airways constrict. Another factor from an asthmatic point of view is dehydration of the inner walls of the airways. It’s a combination of these factors that cause the airways to constrict. So, it’s not just the airways which constrict when you’re breathing too much, but it’s also the blood vessels.”
As your airway constricts, there is a natural reaction to breathe more intensely as a compensatory mechanism. However, this causes even greater loss of carbon dioxide, and cooling of your airway causes it to close even more. In other words, asthma symptoms feed back to the condition.
Please take five or six big breaths in and out of your mouth. Most people will begin to experience some light-head ache or dizziness.
While you might reason that taking larger breaths through your mouth allows you to take more oxygen into your body, which should make you feel better, the opposite occurs. This is because you’re getting rid of too much carbon dioxide from your lungs, which causes your blood vessels to constrict—hence the light-head ache.
So, the heavier you breathe, the less oxygen that’s actually delivered throughout your body due to lack of carbon dioxide, which causes your blood vessels to constrict.
Check Your Breathing
A useful tool with Buteyko Breathing Normalization method is a simple concept called the control pause.
The Control Pause is the length of time after exhalation until a first impulse to breathe in again. It helps us to understand for how long you feel comfortable to stay without air. The Control Pause is supposed to be effortless. To obtain an accurate measurement, please rest for 5-10 minutes before measuring.
- Take a small, silent breath in through your nose and allow a small silent breath out through your nose.
- Hold your nose with your fingers to prevent air from entering your lungs.
- Count the number of seconds until you feel the first definite desire to breathe.
- At the first definite desire to breathe in, you may also feel the first involuntary movements of your breathing muscles. Your inhalation at the end of the breath should be calm.
- Release your nose and breathe in through it.
Remember that taking your control pause entails holding your breath only until you feel the first involuntary movements of your breathing muscles, or the first stress of your body telling you to “breathe.”
Control pause 60 sec = optimal breathing 3-4 litres per minute
Control pause 30 sec = 2 times more than what’s recommended = breathing for 2 people
Control pause 15 sec = 4 times more than what’s recommended = breathing for 4 people
Control pause 10 sec = 6 or more times more than what’s recommended = breathing for 6 or more people
The Breathing Normalization method has been clinically researched and tested and will help to regulate your breathing, reclaim control and begin to restore yourself to good health.
How do I start learning the Breathing Normalization method?
The first step to improving your breathing and your overall health is to register for our Butyeko Wonder course.
The initial session we measure breathing and briefly explain the theory and application of this drug-free and holistic approach of Butyeko Breathing Normalization method.