Benefits of nasal breathing

Lucy the beagle's nose

The first requirement for functional breathing (breathing that is aligned with your metabolic needs) is using the nose.  Let’s take a look at what happens during nasal breathing and why it's so important:

👃Nasal breathing protects the airways since the nose humidifies, filters, and warms the incoming air.
Frequent sore throat might be a sign of mouth breathing. When the nose is bypassed the irritants in the air might cause tissues in the throat to swell, including the tonsils.
👃Nose breathing saves moisture.
Mouth breathing causes dry mouth and can lead to dental problems. 
👃Since the nose is smaller than the mouth there is about 50% more resistance. This slows down the breathing rateThe air inhaled with each breath has more time to reach the alveoli. This means more oxygen is delivered into the blood.
👃There’s an increase in carbon dioxide at the end of exhalation which helps release oxygen from the blood into the tissues and organs.
Nasal breathing delivers more oxygen to your organs and tissues.
👃Nitric oxide produced in the paranasal sinuses is carried into the lower airways.
    Nitric oxide sterilizes the air and supports heart health. 
👃When breathing through the nose you can engage your diaphragm more easily. 
    Upper chest breathing might make you more susceptible to back problems. 
    Diaphragmatic breathing promotes relaxation and helps with stress management.
👃Nose breathing provides better recovery post-exercise due to increased oxygen uptake in the blood.

The nose knows how to breathe properly. Nose breathing is efficient breathing with
  • Optimal oxygen uptake
  • Optimal oxygen delivery
  • Functional movement support
  • Better dental health
  • Protected airways 

Remember to keep your mouth closed ⛔ and breathe with your nose ✅

Stay healthy, stay happy.

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