As I Live and Breathe

Our Tai Chi and Mediation Classes have started back up!  We began with a discussion of the optimal way to breathe then worked on bringing awareness to our breathe.  Here is a chart to give you an understanding of what we touched on.EBF

Mouth Breathing Vs Nose Breathing

– Uses less respiratory muscles and can be related to slouching and muscular tension

– Hypocapnia – reduced carbon dioxide content in alveoli (tiny air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide take place) of the lungs

– Hypocapnic vasoconstriction – constrictions of blood vessels due to carbon dioxide deficiency

– Suppressed Bohr effect – oxygen binding to hemoglobin for transport in the blood

– Reduced oxygenation of cells and tissues of all vital organs of the human body

– Biochemical stress due to cold, dry air entering into the lungs

– Biochemical stress due to dirty air (viruses, bacteria, toxic and harmful chemicals) entering into the lungs

– Possible infections due to absence of the self-immunization effect seen with nose breathing

– Pathological effects due to suppressed nitric oxide utilization, including vasoconstriction (blood vessels get smaller), decreased destruction of parasitic organisms, viruses, and malignant cells (by inactivating their respiratory chain enzymes) in alveoli of the lungs, inflammation in blood vessels, disruption of normal neurotransmission and hormonal effects

– Keeps respiratory muscles healthy

– Delivers nitric oxide produced in various body tissues to lungs, blood, and cells which dilate blood vessels

– Destruction of viruses, parasitic organisms, and malignant cells in the airways and lungs by inactivating their respiratory chain enzymes

– Regulation of binding-release of oxygen to hemoglobin (found in your blood and transports throughout the body)

– Vasodilation of arteries and arterioles (regulation of blood flow or perfusion of tissues)

– Inhibitory effects of inflammation in blood vessels for repair

– Regular hormone secretion

– Neurotransmission in memory, sleeping, learning, feeling pain, and many other processes only possible with nitric oxide

– Humidifies, cleans and warms the incoming air flow using a thin layer of protective mucus

– This thin layer of mucus in the nasal passages moves like a long carpet from the sinuses, bronchi and other internal surfaces towards the stomach where the stomach acid either kills or weakens any invading bacteria

Breathe for Thought:


“Upper chest breathing is most common in those with diseases and illnesses
The textbook, Respiratory Physiology (West, 2000), suggests that the lower 10% of the lungs transports more than 40 ml of oxygen per minute, while the upper 10% of the lungs transports less than 6 ml of oxygen per minute. Hence, the lower parts of the lungs are about 6-7 times more effective in oxygen transport than the top of the lungs due to richer blood supply mostly caused by gravity.”

www.normalbreathing.com

If you are interested in joining our classes please contact us at info@aim2walk.ca or give us a call at 416-679-9255!

Michelle Teves
R.Kin, NeuroChangers Program Director

www.Aim2Walk.ca

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