A Breath of Fresh Air, Literally: Breathe Deeply, It’s Good For You!

Breathing is life! That life is fueled by the oxygenation (breathing) procedure that permeates the cells with every inhalation and filters out poisonous carbon dioxide in the body with each exhalation. Breathing is so essential to our presence we chose our first breath from our mother’s womb. The better we breathe, the better our bodies will function. Elementary education schooled us that breathing has been an involuntary action, implying everyone was born breathing the proper way.


Like many things in life, the truth isn’t as obvious as it first appears. Studies reveal as individuals age the reality of life induces them to breathe shallowly when they ought to breathe deeply. This stress-induced shallow breathing habit exacerbates existing harmful stress in people’s bodies and could prematurely take away their breath (no joke intended) for great unless proactive measures are taken. It is the high time people re-learned to breathe using their own bellies, not just their chests, like newborns. Deep and mindful oxygenation is the right way to health, per experts.

Thank goodness, attaining deep breathing proficiency is easy, it requires awareness and practice. “The simplest and most powerful technique for protecting your health is totally free – and literally right under your nose,” according to Harvard trained Dr. Andrew Weil and writer of this Bestseller’Spontaneous Healing’. This is part of the Healthy Body Healthy Mind movement gaining traction in the health care field.

Studies reveal appropriate breathing techniques contribute to successful treatment and control of various ailments such as asthma, depression, higher blood pressure, elevated (bad) cholesterol, headache, anxiety, anxiety, and chronic fatigue, etc.. ) However, the very same studies cautioned these benefits shouldn’t be substituted to your doctor’s prescription and treatment.

Experts vouch better oxygenation skills are also powerful in helping individuals obviously fall asleep, enhancing fantastic mood and sexual delights. Granted I’ve not read, on a lighter note, I state this: Oh Yeah, there is a book on the market subtitled:”Breathing Exercises for Heightened Pleasure and Deep Intimacy” in bed. There you go, my friend! Eat your heart out on that one; do not be shy. And don’t ever say I never did anything to you. Do I have your undivided attention? Let us get back on the right track. Ha..ha. .ha! HoggMechanical

But what is anxiety, anyhow?

“Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both positive and negative experiences. When folks feel stressed by something happening around them, their own bodies respond by releasing chemicals into the blood. These compounds give people more energy and power, which is a good thing if their anxiety is brought on by physical danger. But this can also be a bad thing, if their anxiety is in reaction to something emotional and there is no outlet for this extra energy and power”, per the Mountain State Center for Independent Living.

The main Kinds of stress are:

1. Survival Stress uses”flight or fights” reflexes to respond to the threat in people and animals.

2. Internal Stress is when you are faced by things you have no control over or worrying for no apparent reasons. Some people take this to dizzying heights. They are fretting about addicts who worry themselves to illness.

3. Environmental Stress is when your environment breeds the strain. This is worldwide but is virtually inevitable in African cities in which poor sanitation, ubiquitous air and noise pollution from vehicles and their nonstop loud horns, exhaust fumes, generators, overcrowding, work and family pressure, fear of armed robbers, kidnappers, assassins, bombers, sectarian violence, vehicular crashes brought on by poor roads and motorists, abject poverty, etc..

4. Fatigue and Overwork pressure takes time to collect before it begins to emit deadly radicals directly into one’s bloodstream and ravages one’s body from inside out. Working within an air-conditioned environment or living in relative luxury won’t preclude one from being a victim. Google and read my well-received post: Working Until You Drop In America, Can It Be The Ideal Way To Live? This is difficult stress to prevent because people feel it’s beyond their control. Many of us abroad are affected because we choose to be all things to all people both here and in Africa, forgetting that”weta suya, weta suya, o bun’ahu nama” or we’re only humans.

Breathing exercises are recommended anxiety relievers because:

They can be practiced anywhere.

They operate rather quickly.

They are Free.

They take a very little exercise to learn.

They improve your blood with oxygen as you inhale and remove harmful carbon dioxide as you exhale.

They may be used before, during, and following any stressful situation.

They could effectively reverse accumulated stress to mitigate the damaging effects of chronic anxiety.

Renowned Western medical doctors Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra continue to perform exceptional work in educating these holistic approaches to better health. Monumental benefits stem from the favorable methods of our ancestors. We’re so keen to discard our good traditional ways (in favor of contemporary medicine)that we forget to research their merits. Keep the great ones! Both the Chinese and the Indian preserve theirs, why not Africans? See: Guelph Furnace & Air Conditioning Repair and Installation | HVAC Service Areas

Please note, I’m neither a medical doctor nor do I play one on the Internet. When it comes to several things I do not know, I listen to and learn from the experts, and do my own research prior to adopting any suggestions. Even for things that I know something about, I keep an open mind to learn more to add to my repertoire; I suggest you do the exact same to optimize what you escape the article.

When, not if, you find these deep breathing exercises helpful as I did, pass it forward to other people; do not hoard it or require it to your tomb! You do not need to be MD or RN to spread the word, particularly to those with restricted access to good medical care in Africa. In the end, it was an Indian engineer (not MD)who enlightened me a couple of years about the benefits of proper breathing exercises. Everyone should dare to make a positive impact, albeit small. Yes, you can! It had been clearly one lunatic from Aba, Nigeria, that ingenuously uttered in a mixture of Igbo and English languages that,”ama m ihen’abia na hour na hour”. English for: anybody can be a purveyor of wisdom.

Conduct your own experiment by checking your blood pressure (BP) before and then after engaging in some deep breathing exercises. Try it, you will be amazed.

In accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one out of every 3 American adults (the number might be higher for Africans) have high blood pressure and many of them don’t even know it since HBP is a quiet killer. Lives will be saved via education and appropriate diagnoses in Africa where a few mysterious and deaths sickness are falsely credited to voodoo, juju, poison, or witchcraft. www.hoggmechanical.com/locations/kitchener/