On an average, an individual
breathes around 17,280-23,040
times a day, without giving it a second thought. When we breathe, we take in
life-giving oxygen, which purifies the blood and nourishes the organs.
Deep breathing practices have been encouraged and carried out
since centuries, and that's for a pretty good reason. Here we bring for you
some of the best and noteworthy benefits of deep breathing, minus the
exaggeration and hype. Read on, you'll be surprised.
This one is probably fixed into your mind, with the
tabloids screaming of how yoga and meditation can reduce stress. Chances are,
however, that you may get bored with the routine and stick to anti-depressants
and binge eating as a let-out for stress, instead of trying deep breathing.
There are many reasons why you
should give deep breathing a try as a remedy for stress. Deep breathing
stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and thereby slows down the heart
rate to normal. Furthermore, it also reduces panic and anxiety and helps you
Deep breathing exercises strengthen the respiratory
muscles and improve the oxygen supply to your body. Junk food consumption and
erratic lifestyles cause a much lower oxygen supply to the body, which makes
you feel tired and restless. Deep breathing practices can prove to be very
effective in these cases.
This one will be a major head-turner, since detox
diets are all in the rage nowadays. A good supply of oxygen to your body helps
flush out toxins, which detoxifies the body and stimulates healthy body
Regular deep breathing practices have been known to help reduce
hypertension, fatigue, headaches, depression, panic, anxiousness, tension,
hyperventilation and more. Insomniac people have noted a good difference in
their sleep patterns after trying deep breathing practices daily.
To make things simpler, we've
listed down a few simple exercises that incorporate deep breathing practices,
which improve overall health. Try them and notice the difference. •
breathing right before you sleep- Breathe in for three seconds, hold for three,
and let it out in counts of three. Do this 10-15 times. Notice how calm and
relaxed you'll feel instantly. •
diaphragmatic breathing under the guidance of an expert. It is one of the best
breathing exercises to help manage stress and depression. •
To keep your lungs healthy and strong, take a long
deep breath, and then let it out forcefully in short breaks, at least 3-4
breaks. This helps keep away major lung diseases.