Breathing is something we do day in, day out, without giving it a second thought. However, not all breaths are created equal, and dysfunctional breathing can actually be doing serious harm to your health.
Katy Graczer, breathwork instructor and founder of The Yogapod in Sydney, explains that those of us who breathe through our mouth rather than our nose could be experiencing everything from snoring and asthma to anxiety, poor cognitive performance and even dental issues as a result.
WHY IS NASAL BREATHING BETTER?
Breathing through your nose is the optimal way for your body to receive oxygen.
“When we breathe nasally, the air is filtered and humidified so that when it enters the lungs and breathing systems, it’s cleaner and less damp or cold,” explains Katy.
“This protects the airways from irritation and inflammation and assists with keeping the nasal and respiratory passages clear and unblocked.”
Another reason why breathing through the nose is better for our bodies is because of nitric acid. This naturally occurring substance is a vasodilator responsible for expanding blood vessels and increasing blood flow. Nasal breathing drastically increases its production.
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