Do you ever have those days when you stop and wonder… did I breathe today?
It’s a relief that your brain controls your breathing for you. It would be a bummer if it didn’t.
But what if regular breathing isn’t enough?
During your normal daily activities, you’re only using about half of your lungs’ capacity.
And you seem to feel fine, right?
The thing is, your body is built with a healing system that gets turned on with deep breathing.
The bad thing is, most of us never use it.
If you want to turn on your internal healing powers, this post is for you.
This one exercise is the easiest thing you can do to start naturally detoxifying your body today.
And feel better than OK. Feel pretty awesome, actually.
HOW DEEP BREATHING WORKS
Quick respiration 101. You breathe in, you inhale oxygen. Super critical.
You breathe out, you exhale carbon dioxide. This is the basic waste product from your body doing it’s normal thing.
Through daily metabolism, your body also creates lots of other waste products. And your lungs are one of the main ways these wastes (toxins) leave the body.
Your lungs are the entrance for good stuff and the exit for bad stuff.
When you only use part of your lungs, the unused parts get a little stuffy. Blood might flow through, but oxygen can’t get in and toxins can’t get out because the tiny air sacs in the unused parts are collapsed.
Let’s just say it’s not ideal (or, bad, actually).
Your body loves and lives on oxygen, so more is better. Less of it means that your body makes due, but not all engines are working optimally. You won’t feel your best.
But when you practice deep breathing daily – and below I’ll show you how – you open up more of your lungs. You take in more oxygen, you get rid of more wastes.
THE REAL REASON DEEP BREATHING CLEANS YOUR BODY
Enter, your lymphatic system. Your whhhaaat?
It’s the system of vessels that run parallel to your blood vessels, only it carries lymph instead of blood. Lymph is a yellowy goopy fluid that’s full of white blood cells – your immune cells that fight infections and bad stuff.
Your circulatory system (heart and blood vessels) have a pump – your heart. But your lymphatic system has no pump. There is nothing that moves that thick goopy stuff.
Why do you want your lymph to move?
Your lymph is kinda like a sewer system. Immune cells travel to all your tissues and literally pick up waste (toxins) from your cells and take that waste out.
You WANT toxins and waste to leave your body. That’s what detoxification is. That’s good.
But if lymph moves slow, toxins sit around much longer and damage your cells. That’s what causes disease, illness, fatigue, aches, pains, and all things bad.
So now you want your lymph system to move, don’t you?
Deep breathing is it. It’s the switch that triggers your lymph to flow.
Your body is so beautifully designed. One simple exercise can do so much.
Here’s what 10 minutes of deep breathing will do for you:
~ you relax for a sec
~ your lungs get aired out
~ your blood gets oxygen
~ your brain gets a reboot
~ your lymph flows like it’s supposed to
~ your cells and tissues get their trash taken out
Are you thanking your body right now?
THE IDEAL WAY TO DEEP BREATHE
The idea of this kind of breathing is based on a yoga breathing practice called pranayama. Prana means life force and yama means to consciously control or elongate.
through your nose
with your mouth closed
let your diaphragm move down first
then let your chest expand
HOLD YOUR BREATH
through your open mouth
first empty the chest
then let your diaphragm rise back up
As for how long on each part, ideally with a ratio of 1 count inhale: 3 counts hold: 2 counts exhale.
For example, if you inhale for 3 counts, hold for 12 counts, exhale for 6 counts.
If you can do 10 breaths a day, wonderful. Three times a day, amazing.
Try it and let me know how you feel in the comments below.
There are other ways to get your lymph system moving to detoxify your body, like rebounding.
But that’s a little more effort than a few deep breaths 😉