The myriad of health problems that we face are examples of how stress, unhealthy environment, and lack of rest impact our overall health. Because of this, a lot of people have turned to alternative medicines and healing techniques such as aromatherapy, massages, acupuncture, herbal medicines, and the like, but have you ever heard of actually breathing your way to health?

Yes, you heard it right. There is a depth of knowledge that we can garner on our ability to use proper breathing techniques to enhance our health.

First of all, there is a difference on our normal breathing methods and proper breathing. Normally, a person employs shallow breathing, a negligible rise and fall of our chest, and takes in only a limited amount of oxygen. Proper breathing on the other hand, means full contraction of the chest and diaphragm, employing muscles of the stomach to pull a large amount of air in, and exhaling a larger amount of toxins and waste outside of the body.


Proper breathing also employs proper posture to fully expand and contact the lungs, which means shoulders back, head up, and spine straight. Moreover, it means inhaling from the nose and exhaling from the mouth, taking the longest time as possible.


What are the health benefits from employing proper breathing? First, you cleanse your body of a lot of toxins and allow your cells to function properly to fight disease. Second, it can lower down stress levels and deploy happy hormones to regulate overall mood. Third, it improves sleep patterns, reducing exhaustion and regenerating the body as it sleeps. Fourth, it improves overall circulation to aid your heart and your brain. And last but not the least, it improves blood sugar levels, gives more energy and improves flexibility, as well as helps in managing one’s weight.