- Published: November 9, 2012
Recently I've been very successful. I gave up my car (at least for the summer), stopped eating meat, fish, poultry and eggs. I've also been privileged to observe the success of people around me. For example, my husband, Thomas, stopped using sun blocks, which was not easy considering that he spent many years in Hawaii. He also replaced his Iphone with a simple internet-free phone. I also noticed that AnnChris, our Program Coordinator and a former asthmatic, is off of her medication - she does not need it anymore! Monique, our Breathing Normalization Specialist from Holland, told me that recently she stopped wearing socks and even gave up her favorite vest. She was able to do so because her body temperature became more self-regulatory. Also, several of our students stopped consuming dairy products.
What happens when the weather becomes too hot? Most people switch to hyperventilation!
During hot summer days the tendency to breathe through the mouth, or too frequently and too deep is always higher. By decreasing the level of carbon dioxide in the lungs, this type of breathing reduces the amount of oxygen being delivered to the brain, heart, kidneys and all other bodily organs (see the Bohr Effect). This makes many symptoms more active and could even cause death.
Theoretically, sun exposure is conducive to our health. Sun rays accelerate metabolism making our bodies produce more carbon dioxide. The increased level of CO2 in lungs lessens our breathing and creates a strong positive impact on all functions of the body.
Right now, pollen is as high as it can be triggering asthma, allergies and all sorts of breathing difficulties. What can we do about it? Buteyko's breathing exercises help us to pass through this difficult season without the intake of medication. The Awareness Belt is also instrumental in reducing couching, sniffling, sneezing, tearing, etc. Of course, the perfection of the Breathing Normalization method makes people completely free of any breathing trouble, including asthma and allergies. Maybe now it is the time to invest in your health? Maybe now is the time to help your children become disease-free?
I had not been to the gym for years and when I recently visited one, I was shocked. I saw pale and exhausted people torturing themselves through exercise. Almost all were breathing heavily through their mouths! They were unaware that their fitness was harming their health.
Put a chair in front of a big mirror, uncover the upper part of your body and sit down. If you don't have a big mirror, just imagine that you are in front of one.
Familiarize yourself with your breathing by observing your body movements. Ask yourself the following questions:
When we are asleep, we don't have any control over our breathing. We are also physically inactive and our metabolism is slow, producing less carbon dioxide than during active periods of the day. Hyperventilation is the strongest during the night and especially early in the morning, usually generating strong symptoms. Stopping hyperventilation during the night is an important step towards better health.
It's worth flying over continents to see Louis. The good news is that you don't have to.
Today in the US asthma is considered an epidemic. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood. In the United States, it is estimated that nearly 5 million youngsters under age 18 have this disease. In 1993 alone, asthma was the reason for almost 200,000 hospital stays and about 340 deaths among people under age 25.
Blooming tress, growing grass, and fragrant flowers often cause sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and terrible headaches. Unfortunately, allergies are so common that they seem normal.
Allergies are not normal! From Dr. Buteyko’s perspective, it is a serious health issue indicating the dysfunction of the immune system. If they are not stopped by Breathing Normalization, he believed allergies could lead to cancer..
People often don't feel well when it's windy. Why is this?
Dr. Buteyko explained that with windy weather comes a change of atmospheric pressure. This reduces the level of carbon dioxide in the lungs, which is already scarce for most people. A CO2 deficit always leads to the deterioration of health and makes symptoms more active. This explains why a person's health is often worse during the spring when the weather is unstable and often windy.
When you know how to reduce your breathing, you can overcome the impact of windy weather on your health. When your breathing becomes healthy, you will no longer be affected by weather changes.
Most people lose energy when they talk: this is because they breathe through their mouths. This deep breathing stimulates the loss of vital carbon dioxide and worsens symptoms.
Many professional educators or actors suffer from breathing difficulties. This problem can be corrected if they learn how to modify their breathing during work hours. If you talk for a living this could be a lifesaver, eliminating a choice between 'keeping your job' and 'being healthy'.