Thursday, July 31, 2008

Breathe Deep

Are you aware of how you breathe? Our lungs are one of the seven channels of detoxification, filtration, and elimination. Deep breathing also serves to allow the lymphatic system to function properly, which is also one of the seven channels of detoxification in the body. As well as removing toxic substances, lymph nodes produce substances that ward off unfriendly bacteria and viruses and kill abnormal cells that develop in the body like cancer cells.

Every cell in your body is surrounded by lymph nodes. The lymphatic system is also part of the immune system. Caring for the immune system is paramount for overall good health. To keep the lymphatic system clear, it is essential to promote the drainage capacity and reduce its toxic intake. This can be accomplished by careful attention to diet, stress reduction, exercise, and deep breathing.

Shallow breathing does not allow the lungs nor the lymphatic system to clear themselves out properly. In the United States, we are typically shallow breathers. A simple regimen of deep breathing activity can help facilitate the movement of lungs and lymphatic system to move toxins out of the body - as well as help with stress reduction and relaxation. In conjunction with a quiet environment where you can be alone and focus, try this 5 minute exercise each day:
  • Inhale for 1 count
  • Hold for 4 counts
  • Exhale for 2 counts
  • Repeat

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