We can live without food for a few weeks or water for a few days, but breathing? Only a few minutes, so it’s safe to say that breathing is essential.
Did you know that breathing is one of the primary ways that the body detoxes? Not only are we supplying oxygen to our brain, organs, and tissues like muscle when we inhale but when we exhale, CO2 and additional toxins are expelled from the body, helping to regulate pH levels.
Most of us, however, hardly use the full capacity of our lungs. We barely skim the air off the tops while allowing stale air to accumulate. We don’t realize we’re doing this simply because we’re not thinking about our breath. So although breathing is something inherent to us, real cleansing, therapeutic BREATHING is a process that requires conscious effort.
Deep belly breathing, the kind that accesses all 4 lobes of the lungs energizes, promotes clarity, stimulates circulation, uplifts the mood, and relieve stress–organically.
If you’re feeling sluggish or foggy, simply by taking several slow, deep breaths as you focus your attention on them, you’ll almost immediately feel uplifted and centered. And if you do this exercise outdoors in the fresh air, that’s even better. In a way, breathing really is the perfect stimulant and likely the only free one at that. We really should take advantage of it more. Soooo, deep breath in…deep breath out…