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13 Health Benefits of Deep Breathing

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13 Health Benefits of Deep Breathing

Start paying attention to the way you breathe: Are you breathing deeply enough?

Most of us do not breathe deeply; this fast-paced life has created a nation full of shallow breathers.

Shallow breathing adversely affected my health and incapacitated me in life. As a young person, I did not realize it was my breathing that caused my frequent stomach aches. During my teens I was treated for my upset stomach with little yellow pills . The pain–just like my shallow breathing–grew worse when I became stressed.

Learning how to breathe into my belly changed my life! You can read below my whole story and the many ways it can help you.

1. Respiratory System Works Better
Respiratory difficulties such as asthma, bronchitis and even chest pain can subside.

2. Digestive System Does Its Job
What I have learned through my health-coaching is that constipation is very common and is often due to shallow breathing. When people learn to breathe into their lower abdomen they begin to have regular bowel movements right away.

Breathing into the gut massages the internal organs to function well. It calms the emotions which directly affects the digestion system. There are other ways to improve digestion but this is an easy one.

3. Lymph System Works Well
Increases circulation of lymphatic fluid which speeds recovery after illnesses.

4. Circulation System Moves
Increases oxygen to the heart.
Blood circulates, relieving congestion throughout the body.
There is a flow of oxygen to the brain and eyes.

5. Immune System has More Energy
Helps tissues to regenerate and heal.
Creates more energy for the body to heal and detoxify.

6. Nervous System is Calmer
Anxiety can be reversed by deep-breathing habits.
You may start to see balance in the two sides of the brain.

7. Muscular and Structurally you Move
When you breathe easier you move easier.
Reduces muscular tension.
Increases flexibility and strength of joints.

8. Cleansing Systems Work Better
Excess fluids are eliminated through the breath.
Stress on organs is lessened, allowing the body to naturally cleanse.

9. Mentally Present
Mental observation and concentration is improved.
Greater productivity and learning.
Better decision making.

10. Physical Appearance is Better
Wrinkles are less from improved circulation.
Breathing helps create beautiful skin at any age.

11. Emotionally Feel Better
Breathing deeply relaxes the body, reducing feelings of stress.
Releases endorphins, natural painkillers that create a natural highs and easy sleep.
Creates more awareness and self-love leading to a healthier life.

12. Relationships
Self-love can help to have greater compassion for others.
Sexual enjoyment is increased by being more present with your partner and breathing well increases intensity of an orgasm. It really is a natural aphrodisiac.

13. Spirituality
Deepens meditation.
Intuition increases when you’re relaxed.
Creativity increases.

Next page: Diana’s story of shallow breathing and tips for breathing deeply.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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7:13PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

I adore deep breathing !!!!! :-)

3:59AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

Thank you :)

4:18PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Thank you :)

11:29PM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

Thanks for the reminder.

12:40AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

thank u

9:34AM PDT on May 30, 2013

Deep breathing is extremely beneficial if you do it correctly. I do a series of exercises/stretching/deep breathing every morning. Only takes a few minutes. In my Tai Chi class, we do deep breathing exercises where you learn to push the air into your diaphraghm and hold it before exhaling. When my macho brother, who works out daily and was in great shape, tried to do my deep breathing morning exercises, he almost fainted. This goes to show you - most people are in the habit of shallow breathing and not used to deep breathing!

8:49AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Eh- eh, eh-eh... :-)

6:20AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Good information, thanks.

2:33AM PDT on May 27, 2013

thanks

2:59PM PDT on May 26, 2013

thanks

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