Health Benefits of Nasal Breathing
The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Nasal Breathing
The coronavirus is a topic on all of our minds, affecting our lives in ways we never imagined.
The number one question we’re all asking is: “how do we stay healthy and safe?”
Along with washing our hands frequently, we’re advised to cough into our elbows, keep our hands away from our faces, maintain a safe distance from others and stay home.
There are also many benefits of nasal breathing.
While most of us naturally breathe through our mouths, experts are finding that mouth breathing may not be as effective as nasal breathing.
In fact, most people breathe at only 10 to 20 percent of their full capacity.
Many people don’t realize this nasal breathing is involuntary and mouth breathing is voluntary. We only breathe through our mouths when we have difficulty breathing through our noses.
This can happen when we’re under stress or suffering from some type of illness.
Breathing is something we all do unconsciously. It provides us with the oxygen we need to survive.
It also helps release toxins from the body. Each time you exhale, you are releasing carbon dioxide. Our lymphatic system is what flushes out the toxins in our immune system. It relies on breathing to keep the process flowing.
Unfortunately, however, many of us aren’t breathing in a way that supports and maintains optimal function of our bodily systems. Here are three reasons why you should practice nasal breathing:
- Nostrils filter the air we breathe
The main function of the nose is to support respiration.
When air enters our nostrils, the small hairs filter out allergens and larger particles to prevent them from entering the lungs.
The mucous membranes work to filter out the smaller particles. Next, our nostrils add moisture and warmth for easy entry into the lungs.
By inhaling the healing vapors of BoomBoom’s therapeutic-grade essential oils, this opens up your airways for better breathing.
- Breathing through the sinuses produces nitric oxide, which can combat harmful bacteria and viruses
When you restrict your breathing, it negatively impacts respiratory function, which lowers your energy.
Also, since exhaling is the primary way to get rid of toxins, poor breathing can lead to a number of health issues – poor circulation, high blood pressure, insomnia and more.
Talk about a negative ripple effect!
Since our sinuses produce nitric oxide which fights bacteria and other foreign bodies, nasal breathing can help strengthen your immune system.
Nitric oxide is “a potent bronchodilator and vasodilator,” according to research published in Nursing in General Practice. In other words, it helps lower blood pressure and increases the lung’s capacity to absorb oxygen.
As “an active component of the cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune systems, [nitric oxide] is extremely versatile and significant within and throughout the human body,” the study reports.
Experiencing the positive effects of nitric oxide requires change our breathing behavior and adopting a more nasal-based approach.
- Nasal breathing can reduce pain and boost energy
When we’re experiencing pain, our first instinct is to hold our breath. However, taking deep breaths is what will help us through the pain.
Breathing oxygenates the blood, which triggers the release of endorphins in our brain. Endorphins serve many functions, which includes reducing physical and emotional pain, improving our mood and increasing energy.
Here’s a fun fact: When we inhale and exhale, the lungs extract oxygen from the air.
Since our nostrils are smaller than our mouths, air comes in at a slower pace, which gives us more time to extract oxygen.
You would think you’d take in more oxygen from mouth breathing, but as it turns out, nasal breathing is more effective.
“Nose breathing imposes approximately 50 percent more resistance as compared to mouth breathing. This results in 10 to 20 percent more oxygen uptake,” the authors write.
When there is a healthy exchange of oxygen to carbon dioxide, the blood pH levels will remain balanced. However, if carbon dioxide is lost too quickly (as is the case in mouth breathing) oxygen absorption goes down, causing you to feel light headed and dizzy.
This is why nasal breathing is so important for maintaining stable energy levels.
If you want to kick it up a notch, the healing vapors of BoomBoom inhalers open up your airways for better breathing.
Each time you inhale, you stimulate thousands of sensory nerves inside your nose that are connected to the brain. This will give you an instant zap of energy, making you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
Experience the Long-Term Health Effects of Nasal Breathing
Learning how to breathe in and out through the nose allows us take fuller, deeper breaths, allowing our bodies to absorb more oxygen.
Also, our lower lungs (stimulated by nasal breathing) are filled with the parasympathetic nerve receptors, which are responsible for relaxing the mind and body.
The upper lungs, on the other hand, which are stimulated by mouth breathing triggers sympathetic nerve receptors, which can lead to hyperventilation and the release of stress hormones.
To improve your nasal breathing, place your attention on your breath throughout the day.
If you are breathing through your mouth, make the switch to breathe through your nose.
Focus on your breath for 30 seconds to begin to retrain your mind and body. Over time, this will become your natural form of breathing.
By turning nasal breathing into a habit, you’ll not only improve your physical health, but your mental health as well.