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Monday, 27 March 2017

The importance of meditation, and how to do proper deep breathing for great health

Modern day society is full of stress and we are yet to come to grips with what exactly can be done to put it under perfect check. Especially in industrialised society where man has become used to a somewhat mechanical lifestyle on a daily basis, coupled with the nature of foods and assorted types of drinks and beverages that we consume, stress and stress-induced diseases have become rampant. But research has shown that meditation and deep breathing have become some of the most effective antidotes available to you.

Deep breathing gives greater oxygen

But from the very beginning it was not so; this is not how nature intended for us to live. And today scientific research is opening up new understanding regarding stress control and how to entirely beat this plague; we are also being alerted of the importance of meditation in all of these as well as the need to ‘breathe properly’ – deep breathing, and breath control, that is. Yes, there is a way to breathe properly. We all seem to take for granted the fact that we all operate on a mechanism of inhaling and exhaling i.e. taking in of oxygen and then breathing out and expelling carbon-dioxide.

Experts make us understand that we are not merely supposed to be running on auto pilot as we are all the time, but there is the need to be conscious of this wonderful activity, and learn how to control our breathing, as well as the need to properly suck in adequate amount of oxygen from time to time. This comes with it a lot of health benefits and so – the need to engage more in meditation as well as general breathing exercises in our overall lifestyle.

Meditation for a stress-free and calmer you

About deep breathing, you can do it anywhere, and you should do it more often. You should take a really deep suck-in of (fresh) air through your nose - thoroughly filling up your lungs. By this action your lungs are filled with nitric oxide, a chemical found in the back of your nose that opens up blood vessels. And then, let out your breath freely, and feel happy and calm. This is what it would normally do for you.

In meditation and controlled breathing, it is important to note that when you breathe you take in air which in turn supplies your brain with oxygen, and your brain happens to be the one that operates all the vital functions of your body and so you are able to stay alive! Thus without oxygen your brain ceases to operate well, leading to the gradual shut down of your body system. And this is why a ‘choke’ is very dangerous, and so if you are deprived of air even for a minute, you can become unconscious or even incur a brain damage.

Deep breathing - a relaxation technique for better sleep

The point here is that we do not make any effort in breathing (deeply) because naturally it is just a normal physiological, automatic action that happens without our being conscious of it. But if you pay some attention you would notice that our breathing most of the time is just shallow breathing – meaning that most of the time we do not draw enough oxygen into our system and this is also a part and parcel of stress build-up. And what does stress do to you? It breaks down your immune system making you easily susceptible to even the slightest of illness or infection, ranging from the common cold to the more serious cardiovascular diseases.

Take a deep breath anywhere, anytime

The quality of your breathing experts say can have a huge impact on your health and life. Meditation can be used to bust stress as people of the ancient have been able to do for centuries. When you meditate you are mindful of your breathing and putting it under control; this helps to ward of stress when you bring both mind and body under a state of control to bring about calmness.

To prove the efficacy of meditation and controlled breathing in relation to stress, researchers at the Chopra Centre for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California - USA, were able to show that people who did meditation as well as breath control remarkably improved their health rating as exemplified by their enhanced blood pressure and stress levels compared to those that did not partake in these activities.

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