HI U OLE PATOOTS DOIN......... life is 'bout as interesting as I can stand. I don't feel well and don't know why. 'Course being 82 has nothing to do with the situation. If I get up in the morning and do an ozone sauna and breath ozone bubbled through olive oil, then I feel chipper. Think that's a word the Brits would use. But, I feel good.
Here's what I'm trying to say........ when you get old and worn out then you have to get oxygen into your body. You see all these people with oxygen bottles hanging on them. The are not trying to feel good, they are trying to survive.
As a result of my status, I am reading and watching everything I can about how to breathe. They tell me that babies know how to breathe, but old folks don't. Babies breathe with their bellies, but us old smart folks breathe from our chest. Why....... well the military told us to stick our chests out and breath.
I am working on this and no one on EC is. I think people are missing the boat. When was the last time some bright dude on EC talked about breathing? I have never seen any post on EC about breathing. Are we dumb or what?
Here's the Bad News!! Sorry!! Ready??
Turns out that most of us are breathing all wrongly and I have just finished listening to an American chap who says he can fix this for us, if we will but take on board his sage advice for Self Improvement. (No, his initials are not D.T.).
On our national treasure: "Radio New Zealand-National Radio" to-day, he was interviewed on this gripping topic and sounded extremely plausible (unlike D.T.)
I was particularly intrigued, as for years I was a "mouth breather" due to the fact that I experienced an accident when I was a small ankle biter and my nose got smashed up and blocked from there on in. You could say that years later, after the ops, I had to learn to do what most people don't have to think about (but nevertheless do wrongly anyway).
After two operations to open up the airways, I studied Ayurvedic breathing practices and benefited immensely at the time: even the constant headaches began to recede.
James Nestor in his recently published book: "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art" claims that the nose is a sophisticated air-conditioning system that, if allowed to do its job properly, becomes our body's first line of defence against a myriad of nasties that seek to enter our bodies via our ventilation system! (Cheeky blighters).
It might be fun to listen to him being interviewed on our N Z National Radio (I tried to copy the link but failed) and you could hear a Kiwi accent at the same time - hey two for the price of one, education and entertainment together!
Or possibly actually read the book.
Maybe there's a Podcast lurking about somewhere? Over to you health enthusiasts.
If you're quick, it will still be on RNZ's site for you to listen to.
Cheers and Happy Breathing
Michael from Down Under
P.S. Said to help with Stress also.
I just found this wonderful way to breath easier called The Buteyko breathing. Simply breath through the nose at all times without opening the mouth. By keeping the mouth closed you are reducing inflamation and keeping the nasal passage open. At night I tape my mouth shut with sticky tape and sleep that way all evening. When I wake up I have no fatigue and absolutely no phlegm. During the day I am completely awake and energetic without drinking coffee or other stimulants. I conserved all my energy at night. Another thing to remember to sleep on the left side and never on your back. Sleeping on your back the organs are compressed resulting in the mouth being thrown open and loosing all you carbon dioxide. Like all remedies one has to try it to realize the benefits. I am so pleased to have found this.
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I'd like to see Buteyku breathing exercises added to the list of remedies as there are very few ailments that would not be improved by re-establishing or normalizing the flow of oxygen to the cells. Below, you'll find an essay I've just written on the subject titled Of Carbs and Carnivores:
This is about the OTHER carb - carbon dioxide.
Carbohydrates have a place in the diet of carnivores which is as a stop-gap in times of famine - I.e. the absence or unavailability of prey.
In a famine, carbs provide strength and energy for a short period of time. Not the carbs themselves, but the adrenaline production they trigger.
This is good for providing energy in an otherwise weakened animal so that it can hunt food, but what it does is not good as a way of life.
Adrenaline creates a state of hyperventilation which floods the muscles with oxygen-loaded blood. Which is good in famine conditions, but what that does, is not good as a way of life.
Hyperventilation interferes with the production and processing of carbon dioxide which is also good, but not as a way of life.
Depleted carbon dioxide enriches the blood with oxygen which is good, but not as a way of life.
Without carbon dioxide, the blood can't release its oxygen to the cells, which isn't good as much as it is a handy thing to be able to do when one is weakened by hunger to facilitate the strength and energy to hunt for a short period of time.
When the cells' flow of oxygen is reduced to that degree, pathogens go in and the oxygen in the cells is spent destroying them. Then the cell is oxygen depleted which means the next pathogens to come along can move right in.
Oxygen and pathogens can't coexist which is why dead bodies decompose - no oxygen=pathogen party.
Carbon dioxide is not waste. It is absolutely necessary to get the blood to release oxygen to the cells and it is provided in the pause between breaths. Hyperventilation eliminates the pause, thereby interrupting the carbon dioxide supply and inviting pathogens into the cells.
Proper, healthy, calm breathing is a light breath in, a light breath out and a pause. One can test one's overall state of health by relaxing, breathing normally/lightly through the nose with the mouth closed, holding one's nose after exhaling and counting the seconds that elapse before you feel a need to take a breath. Not to measure how long you can hold your breath, but to measure how long before you feel the need for another breath. 40 seconds and above is considered good - 60+ seconds is considered optimal and there aren't a lot of people who are in the "good" range of 40 and above.
You might want to check out a site called http://doasone.com it has different breathing techniques that you can follow along with.
EC: Interesting concept!
I can certainly testify to the benefits of nasal breathing. There are MANY reported benefits, I urge everyone to try it if they don't already. search "nose breathing" on Google, Yahoo!, etc... Even wikipedia's page seems to agree.
Nose breathing reduced my asthma-like symptoms considerably. About 8 years ago I was diagnosed with allergy related asthma. I ignored the symptoms for about 6 years as they were mild. They worsened, and I had to use an inhaler every day to control the coughing. This year, I noticed that when I laughed, sang, yelled or became stressed, talked too much (I am a teacher), I would cough. I knew my doctor would just give me more asthma drugs, so I began to research alternative treatments on the internet. I came up with the Buyteko program which requires an hour a day of breathing exercises and changing to nose breathing from mouth breathing. As I do not have an hour a day to practice specialized breathing exercises, I utilized what I could: In June of this year (2007), I became a nose breather. It was tricky at first. I had to learn to shorten my sentences and inhale only through my nose. I naturally exhale through my mouth slowly as I speak. This is okay. No deep breathes in or out through the mouth. No deep breathes in through the nose either. To prevent mouth breathing at night, in accordance with the Buyteko program, I tape my mouth with cheap masking tape. It took 3 months, but I have no asthma-like symptoms. I can laugh, shout, get excited or stresed and sing.
It has been over a months since I have used an inhaler.
Slow breathing is not quite a remedy but it is definitely a natural method and I'm surprised it's not yet on your site. It has completely solved my hypertension problem and it's also ideal for relaxation, stress and anxiety relief and much more. You can even use it for panic attacks. I use a method of slow breathing combined with music that is so relaxing and enjoyable.
I read about a machine that you can pay a lot if money for, which helps lower your blood pressure by a breathing technique. I learned this Yoga breathing technique which does the same thing. Breath in, (through nose) half way..12345, hold...12345, breath in rest of way...12345, hold..1-5, Breath out half way through lips, 1-5, hold...1-5, finish emptying lungs as slowly as possible through pursed lips. Do 8 rounds of this. 8 is the Chinese lucky number. It is also the symbol for infinity when turned sideways. The object is to take longer on the exhale than on the inhale. I find that I can lower my BP quite a bit with this method.
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