Explore the Power of Breathing through Breath
Breath, written by James Nestor, explores the art of breathing. While breathing is an involuntary action that we mostly don’t pay much attention to, the author points out that the way we breathe can affect our health. The effects are numerous with minor to ginormous issues of our health. It could restructure our face, could help combat diseases, or widen our airways. It could also either lead to good regulation of our body temperature and heart rate or could induce hallucinations.
If you wish to delve deeper into the subject, you could read the book summary or listen to the free audiobook summary on the RollingSlate website.
Breathing through the nose
It is imperative to breathe through the nose rather than the mouth because it is more beneficial for our health. This was proven by an experiment performed by the author in which he clogged his nose thus relying on his mouth to breathe for two days.
The side effects that resulted were dangerous. His risk of experiencing heart stroke increased along with a plummet in his body temperature. Moreover, his sleeping habits got altered and made him miserable throughout. The side effects on his clogged nose were remarkable, to say the least. His nose got blocked and infected. However, when he got back to breathing through his nose, he felt much refreshed and relieved.
Through this experiment, Breath proves that breathing through the nose can have a positive impact on the body.
Relation between the human head and breathing right
Breath points out that there is a direct relationship between our brain and breathing. Homo sapiens with large brains had an evolutionary advantage over their small-brained ancestors, but that came at the risk of their larynx size. Smaller and lowered larynx due to the larger brain size made them susceptible to shock.
Moreover, our diets, especially the advanced food culture led us to develop small facial structures. Smaller facial structures developed due to the reduced amount of chewing food. However, they cause orthodontic issues.
Breathing in and out
The art of breathing includes two steps; breathing in and breathing out. This helps the diaphragm of the lungs to function efficiently and thus increases our lung capacity. Even people with respiratory issues might find themselves utilizing those parts of the lungs that they had not used before. James Nestor provides the example of Carl Stough who found out through his research that breathing right can increase our lung capacity. Coupling the same with walking and cycling can help increase the capacity of the lungs to 15%.
Deep shallow breathing in and out can have remarkable health benefits. Breath explains it to us using biochemistry. The process of breathing is the mechanism of exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a waste product, which also provides some benefits to the body such as dilating the blood vessels to increase blood flow. However, heavy breathing removes all the carbon dioxide and this leads to lesser blood flow. Hence, it makes us feel lightheaded or develop headaches.
As such it is essential to breathe slowly but not too deeply. If you wish to know further about the right way of breathing, you can go through the free book summary and listen to the audiobook summary on the RollingSlate website.
Changing our facial structure
The author noted how processed food made chewing easier and hence, led to smaller mouths, smaller airways, and often crooked teeth. However, these are all caused by our habits, primarily our breathing habits, and can be altered easily if we following the right way of breathing.
Breath provides the examples of John Mew who found out the solution to our small mouths and crooked teeth. He developed a simple art of breathing that could make our airways open up. Moreover, Theodore Belfor’s Homeoblock can also assist in improving the facial structure. It can lead to expanded airways and expansion of bone in the jaw which has the additional benefit of making us look younger.
Ancient Wisdom of breathing
The correlation between breathing and health is common knowledge in ancient civilizations like India and China. Concepts such as ‘prana’ or ‘ch’i’ came into origin which revolved around the art of breathing. Acupuncture and yoga were common practices to help keep the prana and ch’i’ stable.
There are many extreme forms of breathing that can create tremendous effects on the human body and also help us manipulate our bodies according to our use. The yogis of the past have mastered these techniques which helped them survive in extreme living conditions. However, the author suggests that breathing in for 5.5 seconds and out for another 5.5 seconds can help improve our health.
If you wish to know further about the benefits of breathing right and master this art, the book summary and audiobook summary are available on the RollingSlate website. Thus, this book helps us rethink breathing and the right way to breath.