Aerobics ~ The Danger of Breathing Through Your Mouth

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  1. river

    river Watch Her Flow MEMBER

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    Another very important reason for breathing through the nose--one that very few people are aware of--has to do with maintaining the correct balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our blood. When we breathe through our mouth we usually inhale and exhale air quickly in large volumes. This often leads to a kind of hyperventilation (breathing excessively fast for the actual conditions in which we find ourselves). It is important to recognize that it is the amount of carbon dioxide in our blood that generally regulates our breathing. Research has shown that if we release carbon dioxide too quickly, the arteries and vessels carrying blood to our cells constrict and the oxygen in our blood is unable to reach the cells in sufficient quantity. This includes the carotid arteries which carry blood (and oxygen) to the brain. The lack of sufficient oxygen going to the cells of the brain can turn on our sympathetic nervous system, our "fight or flight" response, and make us tense, anxious, irritable, and depressed. There are some researchers who believe that mouth breathing and the associated hyperventilation that it brings about can result in asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, and many other medical problems. Some people, for instance, get exercise-induced asthma, a temporary condition in which one begins gasping for air.
    http://www.authentic-breathing.com/aerobic_tips.htm

    I want to add also that for Black folks it may be a good idea to breath more slowly in the cold climates we are in.We are not in our natural habitat and our bodies are not designed to do the things Europeans do to adapt to this alien climate such as having a slender nose to warm the air. If we breath more slowly we can give the air time to warm
     
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    Aru Uirisu New Member MEMBER

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    didn't know this, good information, oh and can you change the title(it happens to me too lol)
     
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    Welcome to Destee:grouphug:

    Yes, it happens to the best of us:D
     
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