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the Russian patent holder
of the Buteyko Method

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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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Fruits, Berries, Sweets, and Breathing

How fruits, berries, and sweets affect breathingEating strawberries or watermelons on a snowy day is a red flag for me. In a four-season climate, nature offers us an endowment of fruits and berries during the warmest season and only for a blink of time. When it comes to these gifts, I try my best to stick to “local and seasonal,” but no one is faultless. I don’t let Christmas go by without tangerines. Dr. Buteyko was not a big fan of fruits; he specifically recommended avoiding citruses. He considered them allergy triggers. Fortunately, these succulent orange orbs don’t make my skin dry, reddish or pimply. Ludmila shared with me that Konstantin ate only wild fruits and berries. Undomesticated sweets are more nutritious, have tougher immunity and are always seasonal and local if you pick them yourself. 

Fruits and berries contain sugar. Lots of sugar. Hyperventilators are often obsessed with them or other sweet objects since their metabolism is dysfunctional to a degree.

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Protein: How it Impacts Breathing

protein and breathingSaturday morning in Woodstock, New York. With the sun rising, I left my house and ambled up to the top of Overlook Mountain. Watching nature awaking, I passed by a pair of deer and a wheel of dharma glistening in gold on the rooftop of a Buddhist monastery and strolled down to town again. 

Sunfrost, a healthy grocery store, was invitingly opening its doors. After almost three hours of hiking, I felt energetic, uplifted and hungry for protein. “A glass of fresh organic carrot juice would be nice,” I contemplated. Carrot juice contains a lot of protein, almost as much as human milk. I’ve heard that you can raise a baby on it.

At Sunfrost’s juice bar, there was already a line. No surprise! Arguably, Woodstock is the most famous small town in the world. On weekends it’s packed with people from all over, but mostly with New Yorkers.
“You would not believe it! Yesterday it took me an hour to get out of Manhattan.” In front of me, an overweight man was chatting to a middle-aged woman wearing pajama pants.

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Animal-based Food and Its Effect On Breathing

Animal-based products and Breathing

Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, and Dairy

It was fall of 2009. I was sitting in a restaurant by the Black Sea, gazing at the sun-bleached tops of ever-rolling waves and waiting for Mikhail, a long-term student of Konstantin’s. Almost every time Dr. Buteyko escaped the busy city of Moscow to dock in Crimea, this local man had hung out with him, absorbing precious knowledge. 

I was not surprised that Mikhail was late. Crimea’s provincial charm comes with its own time zone of slow time. During this afternoon, waiters were leisurely floating around, carrying trays of traditional Ukrainian appetizers: boiled beef tongue, marinated herring, and, of course, salo—thin slices of raw pork fat. Salo is a delicacy present in almost any Ukrainian home. It can be eaten with eggs, similar to bacon, or on a piece of dark rye bread with butter, or with a glass of vodka. If you ask a Ukrainian man to name one type of food he would take to fly to the moon, undoubtedly, he would say, “Salo.”

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Stress! Your Body's Mute Button

Your body is talking to you all the time, giving you a heads up about incoming dangers.  Stressful times such as the holiday season can mute this voice and before you know it your body is under full attack. Panic attacks, suffocation attack, or migraines can be debilitating and take time away from all the merriment of the season.  For people already battling illnesses such as asthma or COPD, this added stress can be even more harmful. So how do we prevent stress from muting our body's alarm system? 

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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.

 

* Disclaimer: Breathing Center's services are educational, not medical; Buteyko Breathing Normalization Specialists are teachers and trainers, not medical doctors. The results of application of the Buteyko Breathing Normalization method may vary from person to person. We cannot guarantee identical results to everyone.

 

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