How Deep Breathing Can Help Improve Your Immune System

How Deep Breathing Can Help Improve Your Immune System

Improve Your Immune System
Improve Your Immune System

Improve Your Immune System

One of the greatest threats to the efficiency of the immune system is stress. Stress is sometimes referred to as the “fight or flight” response or you could say the “deer in the headlights” look or thought process or lack thereof. In stress, you can think too much and stop breathing properly as a result. Breathe and deep breathing helps make everything work in the human body.

We cannot function without breathing and the oxygen that it carries with it. The better the air quality and the deeper you breathe the more you can help your immune system work properly. Teaching yourself to routinely deep breathe can improve your overall immune system.

How Deep Breathing Helps The Immune System

Every hour, every day, and every year cells regenerate, and cannot regenerate without oxygen. Breathing is the fastest and most efficient way for our bodies to get oxygen. Deep breathing helps our immune system regenerate cells in order to fight infection and any other ailments that try to bring our bodies down.

When you deep breathe, you stop the fight or flight from happening in your body and mind. Taking a deep breath allows you to think and move forward with your day. Deep breathing helps keep you strong to make money, exercise, love, and carry on with life.

Exercise Requires Oxygen Needed For The Best Immune System

There is no hiding the fact that exercise helps keep the immune system strong. The oxygen and deep breathing that exercise forces you to do is part of what helps keep you strong. Although twenty to forty-five minutes of exercise is healthy, just deep breathing during the day can also help you maintain a healthy mindset.

By simply deep breathing through your nose or mouth, seven times a day can greatly increase the efficiency of your immune system.

Yoga, Pilates, and meditation are excellent practices to help you deep breathe. People are living longer and are staying stronger. Yoga, Pilates, and meditation are not just trends, they really do help you breathe deep and improve your immune system.

Certain things cannot grow where there is oxygen. This is why one of the latest dental trends is an air pick. The more oxygen you can get under your gum line, the less bacteria will grow. Deep breathing through your mouth will help fight the bacteria that can easily grow in your mouth.

Deep Breathing Helps Digestion

The food we eat and the water we drink help to keep our immune system strong. Breathing deep will help our overall digestion system, which is extremely important to the health of our immunity. Our immune system is working all the time for us, but it is not until we get sick that we think about it.

If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, exercise, eat whole foods, sleep, and incorporate deep breathing into your daily life, you can help to maintain a healthy immune system that will not have to work overtime.

Deep Breathing Helps Carry Toxins From The Body

One of the functions of the immune system is to eliminate toxins from the body. Deep breathing helps the immune system do just that. Every day we can be exposed to viruses and other bacterium that is floating through the air and that we breathe in. A strong immune system will help when you go to places like work or stores when you cannot control the quality of the air you breathe.

Final Thoughts

Deep breathing is a very simple practice you can adopt to help your immune system. The best part is that you can breathe deeply anywhere and anytime, it is free and takes very little time and effort to reap its many benefits.

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How Your Body Uses Energy As You Continue to Train

How Your Body Uses Energy As You Continue to Train

How Your Body Uses Energy
How Your Body Uses Energy

How Your Body Uses Energy As You Continue to Train

When you first start working out, your body will go through a number of changes. These changes are designed to provide you with more energy and your ability to recruit that energy as and when you need it, is one of the biggest factors in determining how fit you are and how well you’re able to train. It’s also what controls the amount of fat you’re able to lose in any given amount of time!

Let’s see how this works and what you can do to improve it…

The ATP-CP System

Essentially, the body finds its energy using three separate systems and it goes through these three systems in order.

When you first start exercising, you will begin using what is known as the ‘ATP-CP’ system. This stands for adenosine triphosphate creatine phosphate system. Catchy!

Adenosine triphosphate is the most fundamental form of energy known to biology. This is what glucose must be broken down into in order to be used by the body and a fair amount of it exists inside your muscles at all times. As soon as you start exercising, you utilize that ATP and this provides up to a couple of seconds of power. CP – creatine phosphate – allows us to recycle ATP and is also stored in the muscles ready to use.

The ATP-CP system is the most energy efficient and provides us with energy without making us gasp or feel unwell.

The Glycogen Lactic Acid System

The glycogen lactic acid system works by using glycogen stored in the muscles. This is the second most energy efficient source but has the unwanted side effect of producing lactate and other metabolites as a by-product. Lactate makes us feel unwell if we keep pushing ourselves and correlates with other metabolites that can make the muscle feel like it’s burning.

We can usually use this system of energy for a couple of minutes before the lactate becomes too much or the burn becomes too much. It is possible to improve your tolerance to this however, with training.

The Aerobic System

Finally, we switch to the aerobic system. This is the energy system most of us are most familiar with and it works by utilizing oxygen in the blood in order to burn fat stores for energy. This is why it makes us start breathing more heavily and increases our heart rate.

The aerobic system is the least energy efficient and it takes time for the energy to be delivered. Thus we are forced to slow down once we reach this state. However, it is also the type of energy system that we are able to sustain the longest. In fact, we can continue with this kind of exercise indefinitely or until we collapse from a complete lack of body fat!

HIIT

HIIT (high intensity interval training) is so effective because it involves switching from the first two types of energy (anaerobic energy) to the last kind. This enables you to deplete both your glycogen and your fat stores and thus does both more effectively.

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