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How many times have you been asked to “take a deep breath now”? I remember being asked to take a deep breath absolutely every time I have ever had a physical. The doctors always have asked for a deep breath, to expand the lungs, so they can hear various sounds that may be good or not so good. But wait! I have different advice!
Hands up, everyone who is currently breathing! Oh good. You brought your breath with you. Breath allows life. And if you’ve ever held your breath too long, you know you don’t feel well or think well.
About 6 times per minute, we breathe in oxygen, which is distributed into little collectors in the lungs, where the air and the blood actually meet, across a respiratory membrane. The oxygen, from the air you’ve inhaled, goes into the blood, and the carbon dioxide comes out of the blood, into the breath. And we breathe out carbon dioxide. Then it takes only seconds for the oxygen you’ve inhaled to start circulating to the brain and body, through the blood system. The oxygen/carbon dioxide balance is crucial to your body chemistry. It maintains your acid/base balance. So this matters WHY?
This matters because you can only inhale, and get that good oxygen, if there is room in your lungs. So exhale first. Here’s a way to get a perfect exhale: sing “ha” on any note you choose, and keep going until you completely run out of breath. At the end of your breath, you’ll naturally gasp, quickly taking in a wonderful gulp of new air. Terrific! And how much did you take in? That full exhalation emptied the bottoms of your lungs, pushing out all that stale urban air and pollution you don’t usually get to, in normal breathing. Now when you inhale, you are inhaling into much more space, and you’ll get much more oxygen.
In about 30 seconds after you force the exhale and allow the gasp, you’ll notice a rush up the back of your head. This is oxygen! The stranger it feels, the more stale air you know you were storing in your lungs. And now your brain and body are working much better. You can think more clearly now, and all systems are more vital. This trick is absolutely free and the equipment is always with you. So don’t take the regular advice! Exhale first, for your perfect breath and health.
● Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core (Second Edition). Keep this book with you constantly, to quickly recharge your Peace Within, with quotes, photos, and poems that take you directly there! Kebba is a corporate stress management trainer, and she also has a holistic healing practice.
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