Information gathered and prepared by H. Wiens MSc., RP.
Registered Psychotherapist Portage Medical Family Health Team
Taking just a few moments each day to practice some deep breathing exercises, coupled with mantras and imagery, relaxes the mind and body in the following ways:
Increases energy level: As the body is being oxygenated, this provides additional energy and improves the function of every gland, muscle and organ.
Improves posture: As the lungs are filled to full capacity the spine is lengthened.
Activates the parasympathetic nervous system: Deep breathing signals to the nervous system that all is well, which decreases heart and respiration rate and stabilizes blood pressure, which rests and repairs the body and decreases anxiety and depression.
Improves concentration, memory and decision-making: In a state of calmness, the blood to the brain reaches its optimal supply, which improves concentration and the encoding of memory.
Natural painkiller: When you breathe deeply, the body releases endorphins, which relaxes muscles
Improves digestion: Breathing deeply increases the blood flow to the intestines to improve digestion.
Stimulates lymphatic and circulatory system: Deep breathing allows the lymphatic and circulatory system to work more efficiently in detoxifying the body.
Reduces inflammation: Deep breathing reduces the acidity in the body making it more alkaline thereby decreasing inflammation.
Oxygenates and detoxifies the body: Deep breathing detoxifies as the exhalation releases carbon dioxide, while the inhalation oxygenates glands and organs.
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