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Breathe Less, Eat Less? Breathing Problems And Diet.

Breathe Less, Eat Less
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Breathing Problems After The Holidays. Too Much Food, Too Little Exercise, Or Does It Go Deeper?

Thanksgiving and Christmas is when Breathing Center's phones ring off the hook. After holidays, people are fervent to improve their breathing. Why is that? Well, do you recollect the feeling of heavy, hindered breathing after finishing a plate of turkey and potatoes? This is the reason! "Wrong food" and over-eating, accompany any holiday season, reminding people about their mortality.

No doubt, people over-eat even without holidays but to a less threatening degree. Statistics says: in the US, two-thirds of adults struggle with being overweight and obesity. Those who determined to feel and look better, counterbalance this inconvenient habit with rigorous exercise, dieting, taking weight control pills, getting massages, going to steam rooms, and undertaking liposuction. What a busy life! Wouldn't it be simpler and more pragmatic to just eat less?

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Breathing & Alcohol

Breathing and Alcohol Affects Asthma, Hypervenitlation

"Doctor, how much alcohol is alright?" a Russian patient would ask Dr. Buteyko.

In response, Konstantin would put on the air of a thoughtful scientist:
"The amount of alcohol should never exceed your Positive Maximum Pause," he would proclaim, hiding a mischievous smile."So... if my PMP is 7 seconds, I should not drink more than... " the patient would wonder, trying to comprehend the formula. "...7 grams of alcohol! But, Doctor, that will hardly cover the bottom of a glass!"

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Breathing and Sanity - The Road To Calmness And Tranquility

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After publishing my last blog post titled Shut Your Mouth, I received an email from Victor Lunn-Rockliffe, a brilliant "Buteyko artist" who has been spreading information about the benefits of reduced breathing for years. Our book, Buteyko™ Breathing Manual, contains his illustrations. Victor emailed me his drawing of "nose breathing people," among which I found the face of Buddha Shakyamuni. All portraits emitted calmness and tranquility. Looking at them, I caught myself wondering if there is a connection between breathing and sanity. I went online and looked at images of Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and other advanced souls from various spiritual traditions. There were no mouth-breathers among them!

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Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life

Stop Breathing Through Your Mouth

Health-Wise "Wild People" Superior To The "Civilized". Why?

One of our Breathing Normalization specialists told me about a fascinating book published in London in 1882. It is called Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life and available as download. The author examined health of about 150 various tribes primarily American Indians. He found out that health-wise "wild people" were extremely superior to the "civilized" population. Why?

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Coffee, Caffeinated Drinks - Breathing and Health

Coffee and Buteyko Breathing Improvement

One of my students, David, who had asthma, had to use his rescue inhaler several times a day, often starting early in the morning. He liked coffee but stayed away from it for health reasons. During his training, he discovered that coffee's effect on breathing is similar to a bronchodilator's: it temporarily increases airflow. David decided to use this negative effect as medicine and changed his tactic: he would start his day with a gratifying cup of coffee and later get another cup, which he kept on his office desk throughout the day. When his breathing felt restricted, he would have one or two sips of coffee, which was often enough for him to overcome his breathing difficulty and avoid using a rescue inhaler. Undoubtedly, coffee has side-effects but compared to inhalers, they are minimal. For David, coffee became a good compromise during the initial stages of his Breathing Normalization process

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Water and Breathing Normalization

Breathing's Impact On Health Is Greater Than That Of Food Or Water Combined

Doctors at Clinica Buteyko™ in Moscow, Russia would rather eat junk than drink water from a dubious source. Why is that? Remember Dr. Buteyko's logic? We can survive without food for a month, without water for a week, without air just for a few minutes. Following this logic, Buteyko believed that breathing's impact on human health is greater than that of food and water combined; however, between food and water, water is more important. What we drink affects our health more than what we eat.

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What Is The Diet For Me? Dr. Buteyko's Perspective

Buteyko Breathing: what to eat

What We Put In Our Bodies Act As Notes To Create A Particular Breathing Melody

I once talked to a friend who teaches elderly people about health and longevity: “Health and longevity depend on the level of CO2 in the lungs,” I told him. “In other words, how a person breathes.”

“I disagree,” he replied. “It depends on a person’s lifestyle but breathing has nothing to do with it.”

According to Dr. Buteyko, our health is governed by our breathing patterns, which are formed as a result of our lifestyle. For example, food and drink that we put inside our bodies act as individual notes that create a particular breathing melody. These rhythms impact our metabolism, oxygenation, brain activity and many other operations of the human body.

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Exercising and Healthy Nose Breathing

Bike Riding In The Front Range Of Colorado Used To Be A Challenge For Me

Bike riding in the Front Range of Colorado used to be a challenge for me. All riding out here involves climbing and the focus that nose breathing requires was a struggle. Initially, my riding partner was always ahead of me on the climbs. Now, on the particularly steep ones, he is right with me or behind me.

Shortly after I began classes at the Breathing Center, I changed my breathing to the Breathing Normalization method. Biking seemed the best way to start. All I had to do was slow down for the climbs, which I had to do anyway having just moved out here from Illinois.

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The Theory of Breathing Normalization

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One of the most common questions we are asked is "How does Breathing Normalization work?" Well, as anyone that has taken a Breathing Normalization Course will tell you; the answer to this question is both very complicated yet extremely simple.  In this excerpt from The Breathing Normalization, Sasha presents some analogies that lay a foundation for one's understanding of the method.

Talking And Nasal Breathing

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Breathing Center Is Here To Help With Breathing Problems

When sharing information about Breathing Normalization at Expos, health fairs and other public venues, people will often come up to us and ask "What free information can you give me right now that will help me breathe less?" Our answer is always, "Breathe through your nose only, all the time, 24/7".

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Anxiety: Breathe It Away!

Breathing Normalization Stops Anxiety

Do you know that Breathing Normalization stops anxiety? Reduced breathing makes the nervous system healthier and less reactive. People who normalize their breathing always become calmer, more balanced and emotionally less vulnerable. Difficult to believe? Read this story of Breathing Center's student who was taught 'How to Breathe Less' by Lisa Calice, one of our Breathing Normalization specialists.

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Breathing Exercise: Consume Less Air

Breathing Exercise: Consume Less AirUse your fingers to press your nostrils. Don’t block the passages completely; just reduce their size by narrowing the openings of your nose. Relax, and then slow down your breathing, imagine you are breathing through narrow straws. Give yourself some time to adjust to this reduced breathing. Feel free to modify the size of the air openings; you can make this exercise easy or difficult as you like.

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Breathing Exercise to Stop Coughing

Breathing Exercise to Stop Coughing

Coughing provokes deep breathing, which makes us cough even more. You can stop this by exercising the Buteyko cough. Here is how to do it:

General rule: do not open your mouth; make coughing sounds through your nose.

Gently inhale through your nose and then cough about three times through the nose.  When you are done, block your nose with your fingers for a small number of seconds and stop breathing. Then, open your nose and inhale; if you need to, repeat the Buteyko cough.

Try to cough only when you have to and suppress light urges. Don’t put any efforts into excreting mucus; your body will stop producing it excessively when your breathing is normalized. Mucus is your friend: it protects you from hyperventilation.

by Sasha Yakovleva

 

 

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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