Breathing Exercises Boost Immune Strength As Asthma Increases

Breathing Exercises Boost Immune Strength As Asthma Increases

Studies Suggest We Are Slowly Suffocating

  • Air pollution may contribute to the development of asthma in previously healthy people.
  • A recent Los Angeles study found that 8% of childhood asthma cases are a result of living within 250 feet to major roadways.
  • The gains in lung function paralleled improving air quality in the communities studied, and across the Los Angeles basin, as policies to fight pollution took hold.
  • The research appears in the March 5, 2015 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that air pollution is causing an increase in respiratory illnesses, as much as 50% in some areas. The result is that asthma has grown into an epidemic in the United States. Breathing exercises that can help are often overlooked.affects 16.2 adults and 6.7 million children.
  • The most common chronic childhood disease in the country affects 1 in every ten kids and links is now correlated with allergies.
  • Common air pollutants slow children’s lung growth according to results of a comprehensive, ten-year study from the University of Southern California Children’s Health Study.

When the quality of our air is weak, we tend to breathe shallower, and we absorb more toxins.

The resulting rapid, shallow breathing leads to inadequate oxygen supply, respiratory disease, and fatigue.  Parents may resort to the strongest medications to help their children breathe better and remain active. On the other hand, many parents are uneasy with the constant intake of medication and look for alternative ways to reduce their children’s need for bronchodilators and steroid-based drugs.

Solution: Breathing Exercises

The environmental facts speak openly about the necessity and urgency to take action and improve our breathing capacity.  To enjoy health, we must enhance our breathing ability and understand that:

  1.  Shallow breathing increases stress and anxiety.
  2. Deeper breathing exercises bring relaxation and the ability to manage better asthma episodes.

The first step in the breathing process is inhaling. After oxygen enters the lungs, it is picked up by hemoglobin in the blood and sent to all the cells. Once in the cells, oxidation, the method of combining the nutrients from food with oxygen, creates energy. Oxygen maintains cells and keeps them clean and healthy. At the same time, oxygen helps remove waste from the body and reduces inflammation. Breathing that is more efficient increases oxygen in the body.

Children are especially at risk for respiration difficulties because their growing bodies require oxygen. Moreover, their bodies must be capable of using that oxygen efficiently. Unless the muscles responsible for respiration are exercised through deep breathing techniques, the rib cage and surrounding tissues get stiff, which makes inhalation more difficult. Less suppleness and weak muscles leave stale air in the tissues of the lungs and prevent fresh oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. This stunts growth, depresses the immune system, and contributes to disease. By teaching children to breathe fully and deeply, you can positively impact their health for a lifetime.

First Graders Can Do It

The International Breath Institute helps you retrain poor breathing habits in a three-step breathing exercise called Full-Wave Breathing. Full-Wave breathing fights the toxins that pollute our cities by strengthening the lungs, relieving bronchitis, improving circulation, oxygenating the blood and minimizing the reoccurrence of respiratory ailments.

Research from the International Breath Institute shows that first-grade children, who sat for long periods of time in their seats, breathed shallower and shallower as the day pro­gressed. Their postures slumped, and their eyes glazed. Learning cannot take place under such conditions.

But, when their teacher led them through deep breathing exercises for ten minutes each day after lunch, something amazing happened. They felt upbeat! They learned and concentrated more easily. They were relaxed and could shift attention without difficulty after recess. The first graders reminded each other to use their breath before each assignment, and they practiced breathing while walking in the hallway, which helped them not chatter and disturb oth­ers.[i]

Emotional Links to Allergies and Asthma

Emotional reactions affect our breathing.breathing problems

Fear accelerates breathing.

Anger pumps our breathing like a spewing volcano.

Sadness and grief inhibit breathing.

Well-known asthma triggers are exercise, emotional stress or emotional excitement.

Shallow breathers are more anxious and impulsive.

Breathing is the only body function that we do involuntarily, and that we can voluntarily control. We can influence our autonomic nervous systems and positively affect other systems in the body like circulation, respiration, and digestion.

How people breathe affects their attitudes. Deep breathers are more relaxed and balanced. Shallow breathers are more anx­ious and impulsive. Full-Wave Breathing is a smooth and successful tool to help children develop better resilience and emotional strength!

You can’t breathe for your kids, but you can help them with breathing exercises to give them an extra edge in fighting illness every day. Use the Full Wave Breathing method with your children and you will see the difference it makes.

 

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Let Nature Spark Your Intuition

Let Nature Spark Your Intuition

 Ignite Intuition and Expand Consciousness 

Become your own consciousness coach by strengthening your connection to your intuition. Using your intuition is like conducting a science experiment. You can take my testimony that it’s powerful chemistry, but wouldn’t you rather spark the flame and see for yourself?

Yes, you’ll need to do a little training. Don’t worry – no aerobics required! Instead, this article offers you some exercises that will sensitize you to your feelings and thoughts.

Sensitivity is the first step in communicating with your intuition.

Choose a time when you won’t be interrupted to practice these exercises. Your practice time is most effective if you’re not distracted. Simply keep in mind that when you’re open and relaxed, you’re more receptive to the “voice” of your intuition.

1. The Tide Flows Images To You

Sit or stand, but make yourself comfortable. Imagine that you are

  • Digging your toes into sand
  • Feeling a soft wind touch your face.
  • Listening to the waves roll up on the sand and roll away.
  • Warming like a sea turtle on the beach in the strong afternoon sun.
  • Now listen more closely to the rhythm of the tides, and begin slowly syncing your inhale and exhale to rhythm of the tides
  • The tides are high, rushing to shore and spreading all over the sandy beach.
  • In your mind’s eye, watch how the tide rolls in and out. Feel the rhythm of the tide within yourself. Breathe and open your abdomen fully. Feel the imaginary water moving in and out of you.
  • Do you feel pulled in and out like the wave? Ask the waves, “Waves, what images do you have for me?”  Wait, breathe, and be still. Intuitive images and feelings rise spontaneously within you. You hold the space to receive them.

2.  Lightning Strikes for You

If you’ve ever watched a storm when bright flashes sizzle the sky, then you know the power of the energetic activity in a bolt of electricity. You can reach that energy for yourself, using lightning as a doorway.

  • Imagine that you are comfortably seated with a good view of the sky. Stare out of an imaginary window, and gaze at the sky as the thunderclouds roll before you. Lightning flashes, leaving its footprint-its light reflection-against the dark, heavy clouds.
  • Stare into that space, and the lightning flashes again. Hold the image of the lightning blaze in your mind and breathe the intensity and power of the lightning into you. Imagine the power in your gut, your nervous system. Feel the tingle as the power lightning activates you!
  • Now that you feel and focus on the lightning flashes, ask for the images you need according to your intention. Wait, breathe, and be still. Intuitive images and feelings rise spontaneously within you. You hold the space to receive them.

3. Let Nature Teach You

You’ll get a tremendous benefit if you can take a walk or simply retreat to nature itself to learn to soften and focus your vision as a gateway to deeper awareness and feelings. Nature imagery exercises are a good way to use intuition and to help you relax if you work long hours. Natural images are familiar and most people find them comforting.

There are several ways that you can let nature help your intuitive connection.

4.  Remembering Past Ah-Ha Moments

An Ah-Ha Moment is your natural intuition at work and at its best.

In a moment of flight over enemy lines, a World War Two pilot had a flash of insight – an “Ah-ha!” moment about what he would do if he lived through that moment. He lived and now owns a large business conglomerate.

While vomiting in the alley behind the local neighborhood pub, an alcoholic wondered what he could do to help himself. — “Ah-ha!” — He saw his answer as a vision in his mind. The next morning he quit drinking and rehabilitated himself.

On the way to her office one morning, a real estate developer wondered what it would take to close a big deal. The answer — “Ah-Ha!” — arrived in her daydreaming while driving.

To foster your intuition, take a trip down memory lane to an Ah-Ha moment you’ve already experienced. Write in as much detail as possible what you remember-images, feelings, sensory awareness, and all the emotions that the moment stimulated. Review what you’ve written. In reviewing, you’ll find clues to how your intuition works and how to become your own consciousness coach.

 Keep an Intuition Journal

Some people keep dream journals. Those practicing and cultivating intuition keep Intuition Journals.

Give yourself fifteen minutes each day to check in with your gut and see if there is anything you need to be aware of. Just write down whatever comes and then go about your regular schedule.

After a week, you’ll begin to see patterns. You might notice that your intuition communicates in brief sentences, images, metaphors, caring advice, or a soliloquy.

The Bottom Line

Be open to the idea that your intuition is giving you important information that you need to know. Ultimately, when you decide your need to know is so important that you can’t ignore intuitive signals, you’ll have made intuition a priority in your life.

If a strong feeling of certainty arises from your intuitive exercises, write it down. Ignore your intellect’s questions or judgments, and truly trust your gut-level feelings, images, or awareness. Re-read all that has happened to you; see how intuition has worked for you and how being incongruent did not.

Learn from experience that your intuitions are to be trusted.

 

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