How Many Breaths You Take Per Day & Why It Matters
You take about 22,000 breaths per day. That’s over 8 million breaths a year!
Breathing is the most important thing you do, and yet why do you take it for granted?
In fact, by ignoring your breath, I put it to you that you're missing out on achieving your full potential and actively harming your body and brain.
So how does breathing work?
On average, you take roughly 22,000 breaths per day. Although a primarily subconscious effort, breathing is complex and affects all parts of the body. When you breathe, you use the respiratory system and your body’s cells use the oxygen, and in return, create waste in the form of carbon dioxide.
The simple function of breathing involves an incredible amount of connected body parts; The respiratory system is made up of the nose, mouth, throat, windpipe and lungs. While the diaphragm is the main breathing muscle, the muscles surrounding the ribs, abdomen, neck and shoulders support your ability to breathe.
Why is breathing so important?
Breathing is the body’s most important function and affects you in a multitude of ways. That’s why, emergency responders take the ABC approach to assessing a situation on site. They determine if your airway, breathing, and circulation are functioning properly, and in that order.
Here's what happens when you breathe:
Powering your Body - Energy
Glucose is supplied to the body by the food you eat. When you breathe oxygen in, the cells react with the glucose, allowing your body to use it as energy. When your breathing is compromised, it an be accompanied by sluggishness and fatigue.
Packing a Punch - Superoxides
Breathing in oxygen is crucial to helping defend your immune system. When you breathe oxygen in, your body creates what’s known as superoxides, helping to fight against bacteria and viruses in the body.
Aside from superoxides, the nasal turbinates play a large role in cleansing the air you breathe. The nasal turbinates are fleshy areas within the nose that facilitate the conduction, filtration and humidification of the air you breathe.
Feeding your Brain with Cognitive Clarity
The cells in your brain are incredible sensitive and rely on oxygen. In fact, your brain uses 20% of the oxygen you breathe because it processing everything that happens within the body.
When your breathing is compromised, you may notice an inability to think clearly.
With the breathing method and tools I teach, you take full advantage of each breath, and provide the oxygen your brain requires.
Essential Healing Powers
When you’ve been wounded or injured, your body needs some serious oxygen to help the body repair itself. During the healing process, oxygen plays a vital role in fuelling cell replication to replace dead or damaged cells.
When you’re active, your muscles crave oxygen. That’s why, when you’re working out or exerting energy, you feel the burning sensation and weakness in your muscles. This is happening because your muscles are using oxygen quicker than your blood can replace it.
What you can do to get the most out of my 22,000 breaths?
There are many ways to increase better breathing, including diet and exercise, mediation, posture and yoga, to name a few.
If you or your partner suffer from the inability to breathe well, I can help you get the most out of your 22,000 breaths a day.
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