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Poor Health Can Come From Ineffective Breathing, And How To Do It Right

Poor Health Can Come From Ineffective Breathing, And How To Do It Right

Lack of Oxygen

It is widely known that we wouldn’t be able to survive without oxygen. It is so due to the fact that all of our organs feed on it to function properly, especially our brain and our heart. In order to keep our overall health intact, enough oxygen needs to be passed to all our organs, and all carbon dioxide needs to be exhaled.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and as a result, we develop a condition called respiratory failure. Minor cases of the condition are manifested by shortness of breath, rapid breathing, and in more severe cases, patients can experience confusion and sleepiness. Many respiratory diseases and injuries affecting respiratory organs can cause lack of oxygen in our body, yet in most cases of respiratory failure, the reason is actually because of our improper way of breathing.

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Shallow vs. Deep Breathing

Most people fall into the category of shallow breathers, since they take short, shallow, chest breaths. Usually caused by inactivity, muscle stiffness, and poor posture, shallow breathing does tremendous damage to our overall health. Since we are not utilizing our entire lung capacity, residual carbon dioxide remains inside causing fatigue, respiratory sluggishness, and diminished tissue function.

On the other hand, deep breathing helps our lungs to function properly by providing our organs with blood rich in oxygen. It also clears airways and helps dispel residue from our lungs making us feel more energized altogether.

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How to do it right?

By now we are well informed about the importance of proper breathing. Here we will deal with the techniques anyone can do at home in order to prevent more serious respiratory failure. Even though our lungs are not muscles, they need to exercise too.

Pranayama deep breath exercises provide great solution for those who need to improve their breathing habits. You get to feel great in the process too since the movements and breaths it involves are known to help to awaken life force energy – Prana. By implementing three Pranayama exercises, you will improve gas exchange and enhance energy levels.

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1. Breath of fire

Sit with your legs crossed and back straight. Your arms are resting on our knees with hands facing up. Breathe energetically through your nose pumping your navel.

2. Kapalabhati

This is a variation of Breath of fire with more focus on the exhale with your arms stretched in the air. Breathe from your abdomen.

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3. Bhastrika

This warrior breath pumping requires you to lift your arms in the air as you inhale, and lower your elbows to touch your ribs as you exhale saying “Hah”. Again, breathe deeply from the abdomen.

If you are interested in seeing these breathing exercises in practice, we suggest you taking a look at this video below:

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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