The Advantages of Nose Breathing vs. Mouth Breathing
You probably don’t put a lot of thought into breathing. It is something that happens automatically and you may not even be aware of how you breathe. But believe it or not there is a right way and a wrong way to breathe. When it comes to breathing, nose breathing is king. That’s because nose breathing has a number of advantages over mouth breathing.
For one, nose breathing helps to filter and warm the air that you breathe in. This is important because it can help to protect your lungs from harmful irritants and pollutants.
Nose breathing also helps to regulate your body’s temperature. This is because nose breathing helps to humidify the air that you breathe in. And when the air is more humid, your body doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain its internal temperature.
Another advantage of nose breathing is that it can help to improve your brain function. This is because nose breathing helps to increase the amount of oxygen that your brain receives. And when your brain has more oxygen, it can function better
Mouth breathing, on the other hand, has a number of disadvantages. For one, mouth breathing can cause you to snore. This is because when you mouth breathe, the air that you breathe in is not filtered and warmed. As a result, the air is colder and drier, which can lead to nose and throat irritation.
Mouth breathing can also make you more susceptible to allergens and infections that can cause bad breath and gum disease. This is because when you mouth breathe, the air that you breathe in is not filtered. As a result, bacteria and viruses can enter your lungs and cause infections.
Finally, mouth breathing can cause you to feel tired. This is because when you mouth breathe, your body has to work harder to pump oxygen-rich blood to your brain. As a result, you may feel tired and sluggish.
Health Risks Associated with Mouth Breathing
Mouth breathing can also lead to a number of health problems. For one, mouth breathing can cause high blood pressure. This is because when you mouth breathe, your body has to work harder to pump oxygen-rich blood to your brain. As a result, your heart has to work harder, which can lead to high blood pressure.
Mouth breathing can also cause sleep apnea. This is a condition where you stop breathing for short periods of time during the night. Sleep apnea can be dangerous because it can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Finally, mouth breathing can cause bad breath. This is because when you mouth breathe, the air that you breathe in is not filtered. As a result, bacteria and other particles can build up in your mouth, which can lead to bad breath.
Exercises to Help You Breathe Through Your Nose
There are a number of exercises that you can do to help you breathe through your nose. For one, you can try yoga or meditation. These activities can help to calm and relax your body, which can help you to focus on nose breathing. Alternate nostril breathing and “Breath of Fire” are two nose breathing exercises practiced in yoga that may be helpful. In alternative nostril breathing, you close one nostril to breath in, and the other to breath out. “Breath of Fire” involves normal inhalations deep into your belly and quick, forceful exhalations through the nostrils.
Another exercise that you can try is diaphragmatic breathing. This is a type of breathing that involves the use of your diaphragm, a muscle located at the base of your lungs.
To do diaphragmatic breathing, place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Then, take a deep breath in through your nose, allowing your stomach to expand.
As you breathe out, tighten your stomach muscles and push all of the air out through your mouth. Repeat this process for 10 breaths.
Why Nose Breathing Is Superior
So, if you want to breathe better, think more clearly, and stay healthy. nose breathing is the way to go. If you are still struggling with nose breathing there may be a reason. Nasal congestion, a deviated septum, smaller nostrils, or Rhinitis may be the cause of your Nasal Obstruction. Be sure to visit Dr. Reddy for a consultation if you think nasal obstruction, a sinus infection or deviated septum could be to blame.
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