When it comes to pH-balanced food combinations, we are well aware of the powerful role food plays in bone health and in maintaining your body’s pH.
Today we discuss something other than food though. It has to do with the alkalizing power of deep breathing and the important role your posture plays to breathe properly. I’m also happy to share with you a simple stretching exercise that can help you breathe better.
Along with food combining, proper breathing is of great importance to your bone health. Proper deep breathing, cleansing breaths that are not too shallow or too fast.
Shallow breathing causes acid to build up in your body.
When you breathe in a shallow manner, or subconsciously hold your breath and fail to breathe deeply and thoroughly, you not only fail to take in enough oxygen; you also do not exhale completely. That means carbon dioxide (CO2) accumulates in your blood. High CO2 levels decrease pH, leading to acidification of the blood. Another reason you need to quit smoking. ‘sorry’ 😦
In addition, proper breathing improves circulation and digestion, relieves stress, and helps cleanse your body of toxins.
If you shallow breathe, you’re just filling the top half of your lungs with air. Your abdomen does not expand much at all; only your chest rises and falls.
To take truly healthy, cleansing breaths, you need to fill your lungs top to bottom and empty them completely.
When you are hunched forward, your lungs and diaphragm do not have room to expand. Your abdominal muscles and ribs are “crunched” while your back muscles are elongated, preventing deep breaths. And if you force yourself to sit upright to catch a few breaths, the muscles are compensated and you’ll find you can’t hold that upright position very long. At first, it seems to make breathing more difficult.
Here’s the secret:
Develop your posture through exercise, and your proper breathing will naturally follow
Toned upper body muscles are necessary to maintain a good posture that will make you feel better and give you a more youthful appearance.
Stretching and strengthening the muscles of the chest are excellent ways to facilitate good posture, as in the exercise described below. This exercise will also help you breathe better and more effectively, and the best part is that you can do it anytime, anywhere.
While sitting or standing up straight, gently pull your shoulder blades together. Your shoulders should not rise up while you do the stretch. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat throughout the day.
To make this stretch even more effective, Place your hands behind your head (your hands will be overlapping).
Your elbows will be pointing straight out on either side.
Gently draw your elbows back until you feel a stretch in your chest and shoulders.
Keep your elbows level; do not draw them or your shoulders upward.
Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.
Here are some tips to remember as you do this exercise:
Feeling tension is normal; pain is not. If it hurts, stop – you’ve gone too far.
Be gentle with your stretch.
The stretch should be one slow movement – don’t “bounce.”
Don’t forget to breathe freely through the stretch.
Improved posture facilitates healthier, deeper breathing, which in turn enhances body alkalinity.