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35  Amazing Facts About Breathing  | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. Breathing through your nose warms and filters the air, and provides twice as much resistance to airflow than breathing via the mouth. This resistance helps maintain good lung elasticity and a strong heart.
  2. The nose has a 4 stage filtration system. By breathing into the mouth you bypass it which easily results in sore throats, tonsillitis, and even ear infections.
  3. Mouth breathing interferes with sleep, reduces the amount of oxygen reaching our cells and has an ill-effect on posture. It also can contribute to misaligned bite, bad breath, snoring, sleep apnoea and night-time urination.
  4. The highest recorded “sneeze speed” is amazing 165 km per hour.
  5. The function of your lungs is to transport oxygen from the air you breathe into your bloodstream while taking away carbon dioxide, which is released into the air when you breathe out. The body in fact needs about 40 kg (88 pounds)  of oxygen each day.
  6. Breathing has very little to do with oxygen. Air has 21% oxygen and the body only needs 5%. It’s all about removal of Carbon Dioxide!
  7. 70% of our body’s waste products are eliminated via our lungs and the rest through the urine, skin and feces.  When the efficiency of our lungs is reduced due to poor breathing less oxygen is available to our cells, it slows down the flow of blood which carries wastes from the kidneys and lungs.
  8. Most vertebrate animals (animals with spines) have two lungs.
  9. Our right lung is slightly larger than the left allowing room for your heart.
  10. The primary breathing muscle is the diaphragm, responsible for 75 percent of an inhalation’s force. The secondary breathing muscles are the intercostals, located between the ribs, and our abdominal muscles. The third set of muscles involved are in the neck and upper chest  (the scalenes, sternocleidomastoids and pectoralis major).
  11. Hyperventilation occurs when the upper chest and neck muscles are used as primary breathing muscles, instead of using the diaphragm.
  12. The lungs are in fact the only organs that can float on water. In fact, medical examiners use the so-called “lung float test” during autopsies to determine if a baby was stillborn (died in the womb). If the lungs float, the baby was born alive; if the lungs don’t float, the baby was stillborn.
  13. You can live with one lung but it may limit your physical ability. You may live relatively normal life.
  14. If you laid out the lungs flat their surface area  would amazingly cover a tennis court ( about 70 square meters!).
  15. The capillaries in the lungs would in fact extend 1,600 kilometres if placed end to end.
  16. We lose half a litre of water a day through breathing. This is the water vapour we see when we breathe onto glass. However you lose about four times that amount when you exercise.
  17. A person at rest usually breathes between 12 and 15 times a minute. The breathing rate is faster in children and women than in men. An average person breathes in around 10,000 litres of air every day.
  18. With a large lung capacity you can send oxygen around their body faster. You can increase you lung capacity with regular exercise.
  19. Smoking is the worst enemy for your lungs besides carrying a risk of lung cancer.
  20. Asthma is a disease that  is a result of your airways narrowing  after being irritated. The narrow airways make it hard for you to breathe in air.
  21. The more you breathe (hyperventilation) the hungrier you will be and the more acidic the body will become.
  22. The general guideline is that you should only ever exercise to the intensity that you can keep your mouth closed.
  23. When we breathe in and out of our nose during a yoga practice,  we don’t want to stress our body too much . Stress is indicated by resorting to open mouth breathing.
  24. We naturally change sides in our sleep approximately every 30 minutes, and this is mostly due to the balancing of the breath through each of the nostrils.
  25. Inhaling through the nose, and exhaling through the mouth messes with the balance of CO2 in the body. This results in a loss of CO2. Holding the breath can increase CO2, which will help to rebalance the PH level.
  26. Ancient yogis believed we only have so many breaths for our life. If this is so why not stretch our life out a bit longer by taking slow and deep breaths?
  27. Breathing is in fact the only autonomous system of the body that we can also control. This means that the body governs it but we can change how we breathe through conscious breathing practices such as pranayama.
  28. Your breath is the first thing to respond in your body according to what you are thinking, feeling, observing, hearing, tasting, touching, sensing or experiencing at the time. It is intimately connected to your physical, emotional and spiritual state. It is an indicator of our mood and our mood is an indicator of our breath. This means that if we change how we breathe we can change our mood.
  29. When we breathe we are either right nostril dominated or left nostril. The yogis believe that when the right is more open or breathing more smoothly we are more driven by the sympathetic nervous system which means we are more fired up, more active and aroused. Dominance in the left nostril tends to happen when we are relaxed  and at ease. The dominance changes around every 20 minutes during the day.
  30. Quality breathing can release fear, anger and sadness. Your breath will become disturbed when experiencing stressful emotions. One remedy is to breathe into your organs. Breathe into your lungs to remove sadness and grief.  Breathe into your kidneys to dissolve fear.  Breathe into your liver to dissolve anger.  Breathe into your heart to open yourself up to more loving experiences. Breathe in gently and deeply to invite healthy energy into your organs. Consciously feel the stressful emotion flow out of your body with each exhale.
  31. Your breath activates your nervous system: When the sympathetic nervous system is activated you are living life with the “accelerator” on full throttle. You are in “fight or flight” mode and constantly releasing stress into your body.  On the other hand, the parasympathetic nervous system is like putting the “brake on” to life.  It helps slow your body down which in turn allows restoration and rejuvenation. The key to activating this parasympathetic nervous system is to place your full attention onto your breath. Close your eyes and allow your breath to slow down and relax.
  32. A conscious exhale removes toxins from your body.  Spending longer on your exhale through your nose will remove old, stuck or stagnant carbon dioxide from the very bottom of your lungs, along with toxic biproducts the body has produced.  In addition, a deep strong exhale is often a release of worries and heavy thoughts.
  33. Breathing more slowly and taking longer breaths can reduce your appetite. People who breathe quickly or rapidly often overeat.
  34. Denmark’s Stig Severinsen currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest free dive . In 2010, he held his breath underwater for amazing 22 minutes.
  35. Horses  breathe only through their nostrils. They have a flap of tissue that forms a tight seal over the oral cavity, which prevents them from breathing through their mouths, even in respiratory distress. Amazing Fact is that if nostrils are obstructed for any reason , they can die.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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