Breathe less – get more oxygen!
The idea of Breathing exercises is to primarily improve the cells’ uptake of oxygen. And to make that we are not supposed to breathe more, but actually less! When we breathe the oxygen go through the lungs into the blood.
The hemoglobin in the red blood cells carries the oxygen to all our body cells. But for the oxygen to get released in to the cells they need carbon dioxide. The amount of carbonic acid is in turn determined by the amount of carbon dioxide.
As we grow older, the amount of carbon dioxide does sink in the blood. From a level of 6.5 percent at age 20 drops content to 6 percent at 30. At 50 it is perhaps the most at 4.5 percent, which is not enough. Oxygenation of the body decreases, and the cells are able to create less energy. Glands and organs become weaker, and we begin to feel old and decrepit. At 3.5 percent death comes due to oxygen deficiency in the cells.
We often talk about the benefits of breathing exercises. But deep breathing, also called holotrop breathing, which is the most widespread method of breathing exercises, is no solution to the problem. It scents even more of the precious carbon dioxide so that oxygenation is even worse. This breathing is a good technique to reach the subconscious, but it is not very good for the body. Correct breathing is also very individual. Technology and dosage may vary from person to person depending on what you want to achieve and in what condition you are.
The basic principle is still always the same: The body needs less oxygen, not more.
Proof of this is all the people who live in areas at high altitudes where the oxygen content of air is lower. In the population of the Caucasus in Russia and the Hunza people of the Himalayas, a lifetime of 100-120 years is the norm, and people often retain their vitality well into old age. Down here we are used to an oxygen content of 21 percent in the air. But the body cannot use all of it, and the oxygen that is not consumed is forming free radicals that attack the body’s cells and causes it to age. But we can stop the cells from getting old by doing breathing exercises. When we breathe in short breaths, out long breaths, and make pauses where we hold the breath, the supply of oxygen and carbon dioxide is reducing in the blood. We get fewer free radicals, adaptation ability improves, we reduce the number of breaths and saves energy that the body instead can use to strengthen itself. Thus, we can train our ability to get by on less oxygen, while strengthening our bodies by deliberately creating a shortage of oxygen – hypoxia – and a surplus of carbon dioxide – hypercapnia.
Almost all of our health problems are due to oxygen deficiency and energy deficiency in the cells. When the body gets used to the oxygen deficiency – hypoxia – is it a kind of exercise for the body, where the cells learn how to use the oxygen better and better. Hypoxia and hypercapnia can be used to rejuvenate the body, combat insomnia and reduce your stress level. Correct breathing can also become a gateway to other methods. A person in stress rarely quiet to focus on what she needs most, such as meditation and mental techniques. But as breathing exercises are a fast way to unwind, they are an effective way to counter stress and access the power of their thoughts.
The best way to prevent heart attack and stroke
These skills are already used partially in health care, but hardly at all in healthcare. Some health counselor sends burned people at the gym, where even more adrenaline will get pumped into the blood, in Instead of teaching them to be still and relax. Physical exercises are not suitable at all for burnt out people. Breathing exercises are, however, a simple method that can be adapted for different needs, and which would be used as an effective medicine against sickness and burnout.
The important thing is that the exercises are done regularly and long enough to get into a routine.
Breathing exercises, for example, is the best way to prevent heart attack and stroke. The brain and heart is the largest oxygen consumer, and therefore, the problem with the oxygen supply is often most acute right here. For example, during a heart attack the oxygen uptake is limited since the blood vessels become very narrow. When the need for oxygen increases suddenly in a stressful situation the oxygen simply does not get through, leading to an infarct. A person who is trained to cope with hypoxia, lack of oxygen, though, will be able to handle unforeseen challenges much better. Hypercapnia is a complement to hypoxia. More carbon dioxide in the blood dilates the blood vessels and capillaries. Through proper breathing, you can therefore terminate a cramp that can lead to infarction. If you have pain in the chest – inhale and hold your breath for as long as you can. This increases the concentration of carbon dioxide in the blood, making the blood vessels wider and the angina releases.