Our bodies need oxygen to function; move our muscles and digest food. Breathing helps get rid of carbon dioxide, which is created as a waste product in the body. You can release up to 70% of the toxins your body is retaining by deep breathing!
Why Deep Breathing?
Deep breathing requires you to relax your abdominal region while you take a deep breath in. Fill your lungs slowly as you breathe in and allowing the lungs to expand. As you exhale, release the air out and feel your diaphragm relax and the chest wall pull back. Posture is important when deep breathing, so pay attention to how you sit and hold your head.
What Are The Benefits Of Deep Breathing?
Deep breathing exercises has many health and lifestyle benefits. These include:
- Better functioning organs
- Increase in confidence
- Decrease in anxiety and depression
- More energy
- Weight loss
- Better Sleep
- Improvement in mood
How Do I Deep Breathe?
Sit upright in a comfortable chair with your feet on the floor. Keep your shoulders relaxed and close your eyes.
Place one hand on your stomach and take a deep breath, pay attention to the rise, and fall of your belly.
Inhale slowly to the count of three, then exhale to the count of three. Notice that as you breathe in how your lungs fill with air. Then as you exhale slowly release the air from your lungs. Be deliberate in your breathing pattern… slow and steady, this is not a race!
How Often Should I Practice Deep Breathing
5-10 minutes each day or when you are feeling anxious, angry, stressed, or depressed
What Happens To My Body When I Practice Deep Breathing?
Your heart grows when you inhale, and your blood flow slows down. When you exhale, your heart shrinks and your blood flow speed up. Together the breathing tells your brain via your heart and nervous system that you are safe and allows your body to relax and regroup!
Try carving out 5 minutes to practice deep breathing and slowly make your way up to 10 minutes and enjoy watching the stress and toxins in your body melt away!