Coping Skill – The Perfect Breath

In 1970 the patent for putting wheels on suitcases was submitted. We did not start putting wheels on suitcases until the 1980’s. These days no one would entertain a suitcase without wheels. We put a man on the moon before we put wheels on suitcases. Sometimes the most simple solutions to us are the most overlooked.


There is mounting evidence some of our ancestors knew something we have forgotten overtime.

Straight teeth and taller more athletic physiques demonstrate this.

The body has to work harder with when absorbing more oxygen than required. Blood pressure can rise.

Increasing studies show that the body reacts better when trained to manage carbon dioxide levels better.

Breathing in and out through your nose at a rate of 4 breaths per minute have a significant impact on anxiety levels.


Here are some general observations and potential benefits associated with nasal breathing:

  1. Physical Filtering: The nasal passages are equipped with tiny hairs called cilia, which help filter and trap airborne particles, allergens, and pathogens. Nasal breathing allows for the air to be filtered before it reaches the lungs, potentially reducing the amount of harmful substances inhaled.
  2. Humidification: Nasal breathing aids in the humidification of the inhaled air. As the air passes through the nasal passages, it is warmed and moistened, which helps prevent dryness in the respiratory system.
  3. Nitric Oxide Production: The paranasal sinuses within the nasal passages produce nitric oxide (NO) gas. Nitric oxide is known to have various physiological effects, including vasodilation (expanding blood vessels), which may contribute to improved oxygenation and circulation.
  4. Improved Lung Function: Nasal breathing promotes diaphragmatic breathing, where the diaphragm muscle is fully engaged, allowing for deeper and more efficient oxygen exchange in the lungs. This can potentially enhance respiratory function and overall oxygenation of the body.
  5. Reduced Dry Mouth: Nasal breathing helps to humidify the inhaled air, preventing excessive dryness in the mouth. Dry mouth can contribute to oral health issues such as bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. By maintaining proper moisture levels in the mouth through nasal breathing, the risk of these oral health problems may be reduced.
  6. Enhanced Saliva Production: Nasal breathing encourages proper salivary flow. Saliva plays a crucial role in oral health as it helps neutralize acids, washes away food particles, and provides minerals for tooth remineralization. Optimal saliva production through nasal breathing can support dental hygiene.
  7. Improved Jaw Alignment: Nasal breathing promotes correct tongue posture and encourages proper development of the jaws, potentially leading to better dental alignment. Well-aligned teeth and jaws can facilitate efficient chewing and reduce the risk of dental issues that may affect athletic performance.
  8. Enhanced Oxygenation and Stamina: Nasal breathing has been linked to improved oxygen exchange and lung function. Efficient oxygenation is crucial for physical performance and endurance during athletic activities. By breathing through the nose, athletes can potentially optimize oxygen intake and utilization, leading to improved stamina and overall athletic performance.

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For immediate relief of shortness of breath due to anxiety, people might try diaphragmatic breathing.

Five minutes of deep relaxing breaths (in through the nose for 5 seconds, out through the mouth for five seconds) lowers both blood pressure and anxiety levels.

Some doctors it to help reduce anxiety, and some people who practice it report that it helps provide emotional balance.

This breathing technique involves contracting the diaphragm, expanding the belly, and deepening inhalation and exhalation.

Deep breathing also plays a role in meditation, some religions, and martial arts, and it is a core component of yoga and tai chi.

If breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques do not re-establish regular breathing patterns, you should consult your Doctor.







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