NOSE VS MOUTH BREATHING
Let’s look at just a few physiological facts on what happens when we mouth breathe.
Every time we take a breath through the mouth, we activate the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system. If that happens for a prolonged period of time, that will create a change in the blood PH (making the blood more acidic), and that will start effecting brain chemistry. Constantly bathing the body and brain (all tissues and cells) in an acidic environment will make muscle tissues tighter, will increase pain sensitivity, will change hormonal functions, and will increase inflammation throughout the whole body. And we all know that constant inflammation is not healthy.
When inflammatory markers are higher than normal, we can stretch all the time, the muscles will never relax. They will always feel tight, and those short and tight muscles are more likely to create injury, or prevent us from recovering from one.
When the blood is more acidic, pain intolerance will decrease, so the smallest tissue irritation might feel as excruciating pain.
With the blood being acidic, the glands and hormones will go “wild”. Metabolism slows down, and digestion slows down or stops completely. Managing weight, and loosing weight will become impossible despite of exercising and eating well. Constipation will be huge issue as well.
Hormonal imbalances will also cause difficulties in reproduction, males and females.
The adrenal glands will run on “high” all the time and they will burn out, causing constant fatigue. and tiredness, brain fog and inability to focus, to learn and to retain information.
Mood swings, irritability, inability to sleep and anxiety will follow.
I could keep going on and on, but I think you got the message.
When we breathe through the nose, we activate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest), which will allow our body and mind to find balance and homeostasis, normalize blood PH, and let all hormonal glands work properly. Outcome? Energized, fresh, healthy, focused mind pairing with optimal, healthy body and a kind persona. Wouldn’t you like to be “relentlessly upbeat”?
Are any of the above symptoms look, feel familiar? If your answer is yes, it’s time to act! How?
LEARN TO BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE!