Deep Breathing Pattern and Mouth Breathing Reduce Cell Oxygen Levels

Published: 08th February 2011
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On the surface, it seems that there are no distinctions between mouth and nasal breathing or between automatic deep breathing (hyperventilation) and normal breathing. All of us continue to obtain o2 into the lungs and bloodstream and get rid of harmful carbon dioxide. Professional medical science, nonetheless, has the opposite viewpoint.

Respiration is about transport of O2 (oxygen) to the body tissues. Hence, let us consider mouth breathing effects and deep breathing effects. Keep in mind that hypoxia (or low tissue oxygenation) is a clinical property for almost all chronic disorders.

While contemporary individuals believe in a myth that big or heavy breathing (hyperventilation) can certainly boost up oxygen index in the body, large numbers of research studies have demonstrated that hyperventilation lowers tissues oxygen content. Hypoxia (or low tissues oxygen content) is created due to hypocapnic (deficiency of CO2) vasoconstriction of blood vessels (leading to poor perfusion of key vital organs) and the lowered Bohr effect (less O2 is supplied by red blood cells).

Anybody may easily demonstrate that hyperventilation diminishes oxygenation of cells. Begin deliberate or forceful overbreathing. In approximately two minutes most people can pass out or faint. Why? Due to reduction of oxygen and glucose in the brain.

Tissues hypoxia causes immune system dysfunction, extra mucus production, inflammation, anaerobic cell respiration, free radical production, lactic acid increase and many other pathological processes. Therefore, the slower and easier a person breathes, the more oxygen their organs and tissues get. (Note that I analyze here effects of basal breathing patterns.) Furthermore, elevated CO2 or hypercapnia is a sign of super health seen in yoga masters.

Besides, apart from cells oxygen level control, carbon dioxide performs uncountable jobs in the human organism. Some of them are: control of inflammation, dilation of bronchi and bronchioles, sleep control, control of viscosity of blood, mucus and other body fluids, calcium metabolism, repair of alveoli in lungs, lactic acid regulation, synthesis of proteins and hormones, mucus production regulation, bronchodilation, regulation of pulse, relaxation of muscle cells, free radical suppression, weight monitoring, blood pressure maintenance, stability of the nerve cells, normal immunity, control of blood sugar and dozens of other key physiological processes.

How to make our respiration pattern lighter and slower and have more carbon dioxide in the cells? One solution is to breathe through a device that keeps expired carbon dioxide for each subsequent inhalation. During this breath session, the breathing control centre adapts to augmented CO2 quantity and later our involuntary or basal respiration pattern becomes light and slow. That is the mechanism of the Frolov breath reconditioning device.

How is it possible that Frolov respiratory reconditioning device can be applied for so seemingly different chronic diseases? This is logical since chronic over-breathing and resultant hypoxia (or low oxygenation of tissues) are revealed in virtually all chronic diseases (study results of many dozens Western research studies with definite values on my site).

Another option is to learn the Buteyko breathing technique that requires to change your unconscious breathing pattern or normalize your breathing 24/7. This is surely a hard challenge since you should adjust your lifestyle factors (diet, exercise, sleep, etc.) in order to improve body oxygen content.

Resource box

- Hypercapnia (Hypercarbia): Pathology or Super Health? Overview of effects of elevated CO2 (over 40-45 mm Hg) with physiological effects and medical quotes.

- Causes of Hyperventilation: Lifestyle Risk Factors that reduce body oxygen level (sleeping on one's back, mouth breathing during sleep and exercise, poor posture, chest breathing, certain nutrients and nutritional deficiencies, etc.)

Dr. Artour Rakhimov is a health educator and breathing teacher. He is the author of books on breathing and the educational website devoted to natural self-oxygenation and breathing retraining. has 100's of medical quotes, graphs, charts, tables, results of trials, analysis of breathing techniques (Buteyko, Frolov, Hatha Yoga, Resperate, etc.), free breathing exercises, manuals, lifestyle modules and other resources for better health. Normal Breathing defeats chronic diseases!

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