Your breathing is your Brain’s Remote control – it can enable the body to ‘switch’ stations and even ‘frequencies’. Nasal breathing and deep breathing have a direct link to cognitive functions. This remote control affects the electrical signals that communicate with emotional processing centers.
Deep breathing can aid the body to release endorphins, the feel-good hormones that can also act as a natural pain killer, and boosts the levels of neurotransmitters that get depleted when experiencing regular pain.
When you breathe in deeply and concentrate on the breath, the upward and downward movement of the diaphragm aids with the removal of toxins from the body, thus promoting better blood flow.
Deep breathing can aid in improving immunity as it brings fresh oxygen in, and exhales out toxins and carbon dioxide. When the blood is oxygenated, it ensures smoother functioning of your vital organs, including the immune system.
When the blood is healthier and breaks free from the jumble of toxins that bombard our bodies, the organs are more capable of warding off infection-causing germs from the base and boost immunity. When your body’s organs are functioning like they should, this also increases the absorption of vitamins and nutrients in the body, making sure you recover faster as well, and increases energy levels.
And, of course, one of the most known benefits of deep breathing is to calm that anxious and stressed state quickly. Deep breathing slows down your heart rate, allowing your body to take in more oxygen, and signals the brain that it needs to chill out. And if that wasn’t enough, that signals jump on in to play a bit of a balancing act with your hormones, lowering cortisol levels, and increasing an endorphin rush in your body. This can also promote a better night’s sleep, especially if you practice some deep breathing exercises before bed.
A Natural Detox Aid
Our breathing helps lymph chug along through the lymph vessels and drains into the bloodstream. Allowing the lymph to flow efficiently encourages natural detoxification.
Breathing Tight Muscles
When you are angry, tense or scared, your body jumps into fight or flight mode. Your brain sets off a plethora of signals to the rest of your body that they need to jump into action, and fight on your behalf. When this occurs, your breathing constricts. At this time your body is not getting the amount of oxygen it requires.
We need to communicate with the brain that everything is ok. One way of doing this is to take some long deep breaths to reverse this process – calming the heart rate, relaxing the muscles, and slowing the breath lets the brain know that everything is all good.