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How to Breathe On A Staircase

Sasha Yakovleva explains how:

Many people feel out of air while walking upstairs. Some people start coughing, wheezing or they experience tightness in their chest or throat. Unfortunately, almost everyone breathes through his or her mouth.

Some people have to walk upstairs many times during each day. If they don’t breathe correctly, this can significantly worsen their breathing and health. On the other hand, if they know how to control their respiration, they can turn a staircase into a Buteyko-case – an ultimate tool for breathing and health improvement. Here are my recommendations on how to achieve this:

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Sleeping: Tools For Nasal Breathing

Sasha Yakovleva explains how:

I rarely endorse any product related to breathing because most of them are designed to widen airways. They make people feel more comfortable, but in the long run, they strengthen hyperventilation, the root of diseases, and therefore worsen various breathing problems and health issues. As many of you know, reducing your air consumption is essential for health improvement. There is no health without healthy breathing!

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Chew To Breathe Better And Lose Weight

dreamstime xs 113978281Watching my pooches processing foods astonishes me. Ruff and Foxy gulp raw beefsteaks at the speed of light but chew bits of apple for several minutes. They are a great visual aid for Dr. Buteyko’s thoughts on how to eat. Contrary to a common belief, he determined that the human body requires more time to condition plant-based food compared to animal-based. “Observe the cattle,” he suggested, “they masticate grass the whole day long!” This is terrible news for vegetable-lovers: we not only have to work harder scrubbing and cooking vegetables, but also chewing them. It would be so much easier to swallow a hot dog!

I noticed that when I take my time to chew my food (whether vegan or not), I minimize its adverse effect on my breathing; besides, I eat less because it sates my appetite faster. When I mentioned this observation to my student in Germany, he asked, “Have you heard about Fletcher? “ I had not. “When I followed his recommendations, - he shared, - I lost 40 pounds without changing my diet. Check it out!“

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Facing Skin Issues

Side-effect of Breathing Normalization

skin problems and breathing

On my birthday, a friend handed me a gift certificate for a facial. I redeemed it right away. After a steam bath, a few heavenly masks, and a delightful massage, the time came to face the world.
I opened my eyes and saw a meticulously polished face of the aesthetician leaning over my face examining it closely.
- Your skin is amazingly healthy! – She exclaimed - This is unusual!
What a gratifying comment for someone who resides in a high mountain desert and just turned fifty-four!
- What products do you use? – She continued her investigation.
- I don’t use much… I never buy any fancy products… or sunblock. Sometimes, I use natural oils, - I mumbled.
She was surprised:
- How do you manage to maintain such a remarkable skin?
I hesitated to answer but then decided, what the heck, she needs to know.
- By restricting my air consumption.
The aesthetician looked at me in disapproval; she had no desire to continue our conversation.

Why is it so difficult to understand? Breathing affects everything in the human body: our largest organ, the skin, is not an exception.

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Stormy Outside. Calm Inside.

Survival and Breathing Normalization  

Natural disasters are scary. It is difficult to keep them out of your mind whether they impact your life directly or not (or not yet). This week, I found myself thinking about the tremendous suffering caused by Florence, the storm in the US, and Mangkhut, the typhoon in the Philippines and Hong Kong. I wanted to write a blog about it but found myself at loss of what to say. I felt that talking about it honestly could be too drastic for this breathing improvement blog but softening it down would make it trivial. Balancing within this dilemma, I decided to present this topic as a historical account, an opportunity to learn about Dr. Buteyko’s work regarding natural disasters.

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Nose Breathe Mask and Nose Breathing

Readers Feedback To The Blog About Swimming

Nose Breathe Mask for SwimmingPeter MerlinI received several emails as a response to my previous blog about swimming. Mostly, people were excited to find out that there were ways to swim and breathe solely through the nose; they liked the mask Dr. John Douillard suggested. Our Breathing Normalization Specialist Peter Merlin purchased one right away and sent me his picture wearing it. “This thing is great! I can lap swim again! “, He wrote.

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How To Breathe While Swimming?

Breathe Through Your Nose: How And Why?

Many people assume that swimming always improves breathing, but Dr. Buteyko’s work does not support this belief. Swimming can increase the level of CO2 in the lungs and therefore make breathing better or decrease CO2 and consequently worsen your breathing and health. To turn swimming into a health improvement tool, you need to know how to control your respiration.

First, avoid forceful mouth breathing, which is commonly taught by swimming instructors.

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Fires Are Still Burning

Our Readers' Comments On Breathing Toxic Air

Breathing Toxic Air My wife and I arrived in Bend, Oregon to an ominous layer of brown smoke blanketing everything. We couldn’t believe it!

People were walking around as if it was normal. They were even eating outside!

The cold evening temperatures had pushed and concentrated the smoke at street level. You could see bits of ash floating down. This made me feel apprehensive since I used to have severe coughing fits. Still, I was confident that I would be okay since I practice Buteyko breath holds every day.

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Smoke In The Air: Protect Yourself With The Buteyko Method

Learn how to breathe using Breathing Normalization when the air is hazardous.

How to breathe during wildfiresRecently I’ve been receiving emails from people in California, Oregon, Montana and other states asking how to breathe when the air is full of smoke from wildfires. I’ve also heard complaints from my neighbors in Crestone, Colorado about couching, itchy eyes and scratchy throats triggered by ashes in the air. Even though there were no fires in Crestone or nearby, here as in many places, the sky looked hazy due to a sizable wave of wildfires on the West Coast.

I need to admit that I did not experience any discomfort because pollutants in the air don’t substantially affect people whose Positive Maximum Pause is around 40-60 seconds or higher. Unfortunately, the Positive Maximum Pause of the majority of people is only 10-20 seconds or even lower; in this case, the smoky air causes suffering. (To understand the Buteyko breathing measurement system click here).

If the Positive Maximum Pause is low, unhealthy air will decrease it even further making the person feeling unwell and triggering various symptoms, which can be related to the respiratory system or not. The good news is that by controlling your breathing by applying the Buteyko Breathing Normalization method, you should be able to minimize or prevent this situation. Below are my recommendations on how to do it.

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Inclined Bed Therapy Helps Healthy Breathing

 
Can sleeping on an inclined bed help the body to improve breathing and get rid of disease? Extreme Health Radio talked about all this and more with Andrew K. Fletcher. There are many health benefits to sleeping on an inclined bed and they go hand in hand with Dr. Buteyko's work.
 
 

Can the Wim Hof Method Be Detrimental To Health?

Question: About a month ago, I decided to do the Wim Hof method. As a result, I started to hyperventilate all the time. Every time I become aware of my breath, I begin to breathe very deeply and quickly. Sometimes I feel like I need to breathe from my mouth; it's a feeling of being hungry for air. I also noticed a decline in my cognitive functions, difficulty concentrating and even hyperactivity. Walking up a set of stairs has become an extremely challenging experience. Now, I have inhalation problems when falling asleep, and my heart is always racing. Can Wim Hof’s method be detrimental to health?

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How To Reduce Hyperventilation With A Belt

How To Use a belt to stop hyperventilation (Buteyko)

Konstantin Buteyko, MD-PhD, often wore a wide leather belt around his torso, just underneath his outer garments. He would say, “Hyperventilation hides waiting to ambush; the belt is your protection.”

Hyperventilation Is Hiding Waiting to Ambush

When I heard this story from his widow, Ludmila Buteyko, I was surprised: Aren’t we supposed to gain control over our breathing so that we naturally stop hyperventilating?

Certainly, this is possible, yet it is important to understand that there are some factors that promote hyperventilation. Here are a few of them:

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Food Supplements, Breathing, And Health

healthy lifestyle medicine nutritional supplements and people concept close 1My first dialog on this topic took place more than twenty years ago during one of my first visits to America when I was staying in LA with an acquaintance. One morning, I found him in a kitchen bending over a long row of colorful pot-bellied containers of various sizes. 

I pointed my finger at his collection. “What is this? An American version of Russian nesting dolls?”
My joke made him smile. He patiently explained that it was his supply of food supplements and began taking capsules out of each container.
“Why supplement food? Is your food not good?”
My limited English and naiveté put a smile on his face again.
“Vitamins, minerals, and herbs are essential for maintaining good health.” His voice became evocative of my first-grade teacher in Moscow—“You must wash your hands!“ He continued. “Everyone should take food supplements daily. I always do!” He poured water into a glass, and one by one began swallowing the capsules.
“Strange!” I thought. “How come my health is perfect without these babies? “
“Is your health good?” I inquired.
“Not really. I have issues,” he disclosed.

Since then, I have met many people in the same boat. Based on the number of supplements they take, you would think they should be health-rich, yet they are health-poor. This is not a paradox.

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Portrait Sasha

Breathing Normalization BlogBlogger:  Sasha Yakovleva

Sasha Yakovleva is an expert on the Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method and Russian Healing Arts, an Advanced Breathing Normalization Specialist and co-founder of BreathingCenter.com. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and many other publications, TV, and radio programs.

She is the author of the books Breathe To Heal, Adenoids Without Surgery, as well as the instructional DVD series called The Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method, and the CD - Breathing Normalization Meditations.

 
 

Portrait Sasha

Breathing Normalization Blog

Blogger:  Sasha Yakovleva

Sasha Yakovleva is an expert on the Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method and Russian Healing Arts, an Advanced Breathing Normalization Specialist and co-founder of BreathingCenter.com. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and many other publications, TV, and radio programs.

She is the author of the books Breathe To Heal, Adenoids Without Surgery, as well as the instructional DVD series called The Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method, and the CD - Breathing Normalization Meditations.

 
 

Portrait Sasha

Breathing Normalization Blog

Blogger:  Sasha Yakovleva

Sasha Yakovleva is an expert on the Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method and Russian Healing Arts, an Advanced Breathing Normalization Specialist and co-founder of BreathingCenter.com. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and many other publications, TV, and radio programs.

She is the author of the books Breathe To Heal, Adenoids Without Surgery, as well as the instructional DVD series called The Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method, and the CD - Breathing Normalization Meditations.

 

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