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Deep Breathing – essential for Life and Health

We tend to take breathing for granted, after all we do it automatically around 22,000 times per day, but would it surprise you to know that improving your breathing could change the way you look, improve lymphatic function, lower your blood pressure and help you cope with stress? Shallow chest breathing, which is the default for many of us (especially when we are stressed or anxious) leads to higher than desired levels of carbon dioxide in the blood. Whilst this isn’t life threatening, it does cause fatigue, mental fog and impaired tissue function. It also limits the efficiency of your lungs, tenses your muscles, speeds up your heart rate and weakens your diaphragm. Your body receives less oxygen, and your sympathetic nervous system becomes overstimulated. How should...

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