This is a guest post courtesy of Andrew Shepherd, DC of Parker Wellness Centers.
[brackets are Martie Whittekin, CCN additions]
Proper breathing decreases the risk of disease AND improves immune system strength! However, many people are “shallow breathers” as a reaction to environmental stressors.
Breathing in a shallow way keeps the body in a stress cyclical—stress causes shallow breathing and shallow breathing causes stress. This cycle activates the sympathetic nervous system which keeps the body in constant [debilitating] “fight or flight” mode.
Long term shallow breathing can have serious health consequences!
According to John Luckovich, an Integrative Breathwork Facilitator in Brooklyn, NY, “the chronic stress that is associated with shallow breathing results in lower amounts of lymphocyte, a type of white blood cell that helps defend the body from invading organisms, and lowers the amounts of proteins that signal other immune cells. The body is then susceptible to contracting acute illness, aggravating pre-existing medical conditions, and prolonging healing times. It is also a precursor for cardiovascular issues”. (Source: Headspace)
This is important information with all that is going on right now. [It is too bad that the “experts” in the media don’t mention that proper breathing is a free defense against covid-19 that has only positive side effects.]
Working on proper breathing techniques calms the sympathetic nervous system and will keep you less susceptible to illness and disease.
Not only that, but the other exciting benefits of paying attention to your breathing include:
✅ Reduce stress levels in your body
✅ Lower your heart rate
✅ Lower your blood pressure
✅ Reduce diabetic symptoms
✅ Reduce depression
✅ Better manage chronic pain
✅ Better regulate your body’s reaction to stress and fatigue
It’s also important to note that chiropractic adjustments will help reduce the stress on your nervous system and facilitate relaxation in the body which will allow you to take fewer [and deeper] breaths per minute.
Practicing proper breathing techniques AND getting adjusted regularly are two of the best things you can be doing for your health right now. [For important virus protection, also remember the vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc and selenium that we often discuss here and on the radio show.]
Take charge of your health and get a chiropractic adjustment. Practicing “breath focus” can combat stress AND help keep you healthy.
See what Harvard has to say about breathing and stress and relaxation techniques to fight stress!
[ Martie found an interesting site with 5 breathing exercises.]
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