Posted on January 8, 2019 by adminKeys to Good Health A common slogan among asthma sufferers is”When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters”, alluding to the desperateness of one who can’t inhale the life-giving air. Is life-giving air the entire story on breathing? This report takes common breathing advice and provides reasons for its efficacy. It goes further and provides essential elements in breathing technique for better health. Breathing is perhaps one of the very densely integrated autonomous behaviours that reach well beyond a simple filling of the lungs. “Breathing emerges through complex network interactions between neurons distributed throughout the nervous system. The respiratory rhythm generating network is made up of micro networks working within larger networks to create different rhythms and patterns that describe breathing.” The outworking of Garcia’s study can be observed when a man is influenced by strong emotions like anger & fear. Mainstream suggestions for breathing is to reevaluate the autonomous control and inhale deeply through the nose and exhale through the mouth slowly with pursed lips. By remembering to breathe, a space is created to restore calm and reduce blood pressure and stress hormones so creating opportunity of situation control. Professor Konstantin Buteyko (Russia 1923-2003) is credited for a method characterised by slow and decreased breathing combined with spaced pauses of no breathing allowing Carbon Dioxide to build up to bursting point. Breathing is a relevant part of the practice of Yoga. Yoga breathing techniques typically accompany either different poses or some kind of meditation. Thus it is hard to separate and ascribe the result to the breathing, poses or the meditation. Pandit JJ, in 2003 tested 3 breathing techniques for optimum Oxygen uptake, as follows: 1. 2. Eight (8) deep breaths taken within 60 seconds The Oxygen uptake was the same for Things 1. & 3 and a greater efficacy than for Item 2. His work illustrates that breathing technique is vital. Enter Nitric Oxide (NO), a colourless gas with a half-life of merely seconds. In 1998 the Karolinska Institute awarded the Nobel prize to US pharmacologists Robert F. Furchgott, PhD, Ferid Murad, MD, PhD, and Louis J. Ignarro, PhD for their discoveries of the role of Nitric Oxide (NO) as being a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system. NO relaxes the smooth muscle in arteries providing a larger flow area for blood, thus reducing blood pressure and bring more nutrients to where they’re needed. The importance of NO in the human physiological functions cannot be overstated. Although 1000’s of research papers have been written, World research goes on. NO is implicated in heart health, lower blood pressure, better quality of sleep as well as erectile dysfunction. NO is produced in the uterus, the largest being the maxillary sinuses both sides of the nose. They are closed chambers except for a tiny soft-tissue opening known as the ossium that’s open the olfactory airways. There is no right or wrong way to breathe – the autonomous brain function sees to it that you get sufficient oxygen in your system. However, there are ways to breathe to get maximum NO into your system. Here are 7 pointers to help get this remarkable gas in your bloodstream. 1. Nose hair and constricted nose ducting ensure there’s a negative pressure in the airways. This partial vacuum causes the sinuses to deliver a small amount of NO-laden atmosphere into your inhaled breath. The harder you breathe at the more NO the sinuses will deliver. BLOCK ONE NOSTRIL AND BREATHE IN. Blocking one nostril and consequently the other nostril increases the partial vacuum to induce NO-laden air to be pumped into your inhaled breath. BLOCK BOTH NOSTRILS AND TRY TO BREATHE IN. Close both nostrils and try to inhale. This creates the greatest quantity of vacuum in your respiratory system allowing NO-laden air to be sucked from the sinuses. Obviously you can just do this for a brief time before resuming normal breathing. 4. NO requires time to be absorbed into your bloodstream. Accordingly it is good to hold your breath for as long as it is convenient. Alternatively exhale slowly to allow the lungs time to absorb the NO. HUM OR SING Lundberg et al revealed in 2003 that humming increases exhaled NO by 700%. Other researcher found an even greater increase in exhaled NO during humming. Problem is that it is hard to inhale while humming. Thus the sequence suggested is to hum for 3 minutes then immediately inhale. . PRETEND TO SNORE To overcome the issue of simultaneously humming and inhaling, it’s advised to pretend to snore, which makes the sound like you were snoring. The snoring sound frequencies are in the range of the maxillary sinuses natural frequencies roughly 110 to 350 Hz. Letting the maxillary sinuses to resonate will pulse NO-laden air to the inhaled breath quantity. Because snoring is an inhaling manoeuvre the NO will reach the lungs at greater quantity. VALSALVA MANOEUVRE During a descent procedure in an aeroplane headaches are often avoided by use of the Valsalva manoeuvre. This manoeuvre involves closing both nostrils while trying to exhale until the ear drums’pop’. This has the effect of pressurizing the uterus which upon following inhalation release the pressure and inject NO-laden air into the olfactory airways. FAQ’s A. NO in the sinuses is a finite resource and can be depleted. B. Why not breathe in NO gas like they do for babies with pulmonary hypertension? The dosage of NO in a medical setting is closely controlled. Exposure of animals to NO has caused drowsiness, unconsciousness and death. C. Why not sit in a high traffic area and breathe at the NO produced by automobiles? But, exhaust gases are a poisonous cocktail of different gases such as Carbon Monoxide. The risk of poisoning far outweighs any advantages to be gained. After about 5 years of Purchasing women’s wear from China, India, Thailand, Bangladesh and Indonesia we found a need to ensure supply is based on the following: • No child labour • No Azo dyes that cause cancer • No unpleasant processing chemicals that hurt the environment. • Fabric from renewable sources • Natural flame retardant fabric We went a little farther, and asked ourselves the question: What can we add to our range of clothing that enhances wellness in the wearer? We came up with some surprising answers.