Detox your Body: Are you breathing correctly?

by Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND December 12, 2008

Proper breathing is slow, deep and rhythmic. Deep breathing means that the first movement is from the abdomen. When you breathe, the movement starts in the lower abdomen and then moves up to the chest.

To check your breathing, put one hand on your lower abdomen and one hand on your chest and take a deep breath. Does your chest rises up first you? If yes, you are probably using your neck muscles to breathe, not your diaphragm. Incorrect breathing contributes to neck and shoulder tension, shortness of breath, digestive concerns, gastric reflux and heart burn and a host of other health concerns.

Benefits of The Complete Breath:

- purifies the bloodstream

- develops chest and diaphragm

- strengthens lungs, thorax and abdomen

- increases resistance to colds

- aids digestion

- clears up phlegm

- helps to lift depression

- calms the nervous system

Technique:

1. Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position or in a chair.

2. Straighten your back, which will straighten your thorax for easier breathing.

3. Inhale slowly through the nose, breathing deeply, consciously looking upward.

4. Take five seconds to fill the lower part of the lungs, expanding the ribs and pushing the abdomen out.

5. Hold the breath for 1-5 seconds.

6. Exhale slowly until you have emptied the lungs, looking downward.

7. Repeat 4-5 times more.

8. It is recommended that you practice the complete breath technique 5 – 10 minutes a day, for about 3 months, or as recommended by your Naturopathic Doctor. It is also a great technique to do when you are stopped at a stop sign, red light or standing in line.

Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND


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