You may not realize how important it is to breathe properly. A lot of issues may go away when you do.
I started reading about Quantum Touch, an energetic healing technique founded by Richard Gordon. It starts with moving energy and deep breathing to increase your energy. One of the benefits of Quantum Touch is that the practitioner often receives healing as well as the client.
I believe that comes in large part to the breathing itself.
Reading the book about Quantum Touch got me thinking about some of the things I had learned and experienced with deep breathing before.
Several years ago I regularly took a colon cleanse product. I found that by becoming more “regular” and being cleared out that I could breathe more easily and deeply. When they discontinued the product I figured that if “being clear” could allow me to breathe deeper, then maybe if I regularly breathed deeper I could stay more “regular”. Sure enough it worked.
It makes sense if you think about it. When you breathe deep your diaphragm expands downward compressing your stomach and intestines, helping out the digestion and elimination processes. Most people breathe shallowly and only in their chest and are constipated. Maybe there’s a connection?
In a qigong class, also several years ago, we did a breathing exercise where we would breathe as deep and as fast as we could to super-oxygenate the brain. It makes you hyper-alert and made my whole face tingle. It feels great, but don’t overdo it. If you aren’t used to it, it can make you feel light headed.
When your cells get enough oxygen they can work much more efficiently, making you more alert. Again, most people breathe too shallow, so they leave their cells oxygen-deprived. Oxygen deprivation at the cellular level means the cells don’t function properly and can lead to a bunch of problems.
Here are some quotes about the value of oxygen in our bodies.
All chronic suffering is caused from a lack of oxygen at the cell level. – Dr. Arthur Guyton, M.D.
We can look at oxygen deficiency as the single greatest cause of all disease. – Dr. Parris Kid, PhD.
Cancer has only one prime cause. It is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of the body’s cells by an anaerobic cell respiration. – Dr. Otto Warburg, recipient of 2 Nobel prizes in medicine.
Insufficient oxygen means insufficient biological energy that can result in anything from mild fatigue to life-threatening disease. The link between insufficient oxygen and disease has now been firmly established. – Dr. W. Spencer Way
I’ve seen it written in many places that the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that are harmful to us are anaerobic (not oxygen breathing) and cannot survive in an oxygen-rich environment.
That tells me that breathing properly, getting plenty of oxygen into my lungs and cells, is a great way to boost my chances of staying healthy. It certainly can’t hurt.
Disclaimer – I’m not a doctor and I am not giving medical advice here. This post represents my opinion on the benefits of breathing and I practice breathing deeply several times a day.
Disclosure – I am NOT an affiliate with Quantum Touch. I will not make any money from them if you follow that link and order something from their website.