The Breath Is
Your breath is powerful.
Today’s podcast guest, Patrick McKeown shares his insights about a revolutionary breathing technique based on the Buteyko method.
The Buteyko Method consists of a series of breathing exercises and guidelines specifically designed to reduce over-breathing (clinically known as ‘chronic hyperventilation’).
Inhaling and exhaling is an autonomic, which means you’re not thinking about it often, if at all.
Breathing through the nose can be a valuable tool, because most people breathe at only 10-20 percent of their full capacity. Nasal breathing improves sleep, boosts energy, enhances concentration and heightens athletic performance.
The nose is a reservoir for nitric oxide, an essential gas for the maintenance of good health.
By breathing through the nose, you harness various properties of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide plays a role in dilation of the blood vessels in the lungs so that oxygen can be properly absorbed from the air.
Viruses are spread with the mucus or saliva in the air. A natural filter for that is the nose. And that’s why nasal breathing is one of your first lines of defense.