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Breathing Correctly

Why is it so important?



Doctors and scientists have long known that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) plays a vital part in releasing oxygen from the blood to cells and tissue – the Bohr Effect.

When we breathe out, we exhale Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Contrary to popular belief, this is not just a waste gas. Although you breathe out to get rid of excess CO2, it is very important that your breathing volume is normal in order to maintain a certain amount of CO2 in your lungs.

Dysfunctional breathing, due to a lack of CO2 in our bodies, is linked to some 150 diseases, according to Professor Buteyko, who developed the Buteyko Breathing Methodology in Russia in the 1950's.

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What am I doing wrong?

Typically, people tend to breathe incorrectly by over-breathing and/or hyperventilating.

Over-breathing involves taking too many breaths – you should be aiming for no more than six per minute, but many people take much more than that.

Hyperventilating involves shallow breathing, where your chest lifts first rather than your stomach – you should be breathing from your diaphragm.= In addition, many people breathe through the mouth instead of via the nose.

All of these bad habits lead to a loss of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and this can lead to a




variety of health problems, both physiological and mental.

You may only notice you have a breathing problem when you develop an obvious breathing difficulty like asthma.

In addition, many people breathe through the mouth instead of via the nose.

All of these bad habits lead to a loss of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and this can lead to a variety of health problems, both physiological and mental.

You may only notice you have a breathing problem when you develop an obvious breathing difficulty like asthma.

Or you may find that you are becoming shorter of breath during conversations, moderate exercise and feel you want to address this to increase your fitness levels.

But other key symptoms of poor breathing include:

• Regularly sighing, yawning, feeling the need to take in more air, or even gasping for air

• Regular blocked nose

• Coughing, especially when in polluted areas, or on taking a deep breath

• Tightness, pressure and discomfort in the chest

• Heart palpitations, abnormal rhythm

• Snoring / Sleep apnoea

• Inability to concentrate and focus

• Anxiety and restlessness in certain and often frequently occurring situations

• Various health conditions

You don’t need to accept this – by improving your breathing you can help to restore your body’s vitality and address any health concerns you may have.