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The Future of Breathing Oxygen Crystals

Oxygen Crystal Breathing

Of all the places you might think of to catch a deep breath, underwater is probably not one of them. However, recent news reports say that scientists at the University of Southern Denmark have created crystals that may allow people to breath underwater. The scientists have said that they developed “crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations.”

Just a couple “crystal” grains have enough oxygen for a whole breath and it can absorb oxygen from the water around you so you can breathe it in. The so-called “Aquaman Crystal” is like an oxygen tank, but small, light crystals that last a lot longer. Think of them as small sponges that suck up oxygen instead of water.

Although the technology is surprising and exciting, this development is only the beginning of using this science to dive under water. For one, people drink a combination of gases, the majority of which is oxygen. Also, these crystals don’t account for the drastic pressure changes as divers go deeper. In addition to being of interest to divers, this technology can make a world of a difference to asthmatics, lung cancer patients, and others who will benefit from having a pocket full of oxygen in the form of crystals instead of an oxygen tank.

Best Rated Apps to Reduce Stress

Breath training smartphone apps to aid in stress relief

It’s normal to carry stress with you everywhere you go – “I’m stressed” is the new standard. Luckily, you can also carry a little stress relief in your pocket. We won’t lecture you on the dangers of stress because getting rid of it is easier said than done. However, you have tools at your disposal to help you. Shortly nightly breathing exercises with the Breathslim respiratory trainer and these free smartphone apps can have you relaxed and calm in no time.

Relax Melodies

To prevent the never ending stress cycle caused by not getting enough sleep, Relax Melodies creates a calm environment with soothing sounds to help you fall asleep. There are 50 sounds to choose from and a timer to shut it all off. The app also has an alarm to wake you up for a great day. This app has a 4-star rating from nearly 34,000 iPhone users and 4.4 stars from 47,000 Android users.

Anxiety Free

This app provides hypnosis on the go by sending your brain subliminal messages. These messages communicate with your subconscious and are supposed to have the same effect as meditation. The goal of the app is to help you practice and master self-hypnosis. More than 500 iPhone users have given Anxiety Free 4 stars.

Qi Gong Meditation Relaxation

Dr. Monica Frank, a psychologist with more than 20 years of experience, has created this app to connect users with a library of relaxation videos based on Qi Gong. This is a traditional Chinese health systems that focuses on the connection between posture, breathing, and the mind in an effort to release anxiety. This Android app has earned 4.2 stars with 757 ratings.

Worry Box

Worry Box lets you put all your fears and worries into a little box… inside of a little box in your pocket. The app is like a journal where you can write your thoughts and worries, and then think it all through. Worry Box asks questions and providing tips on reducing anxiety. Best of all, it’s password protected.

Say “I do” to Deep Breathing

Deep breathing exercises for stress-free living!

Getting engaged is a big moment for anyone. But if it’s in front of millions of TV viewers, then it’s bound to add another level of stress, especially if the proposer is unsure the proposed with say yes.

Such was the case for Josh Murray when he asked Andi Dorfman to marry him on the finale of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” this season. In addition to becoming officially engaged, the two visibly engaged in deep breathing as the proposal took place.

As a former pro-baseball player Murray and his wife-to-be obviously know deep breathing can help calm the nerves. Although it’s unlikely many will ever be proposed to on national TV, they will invariably find ourselves in other stressful situations.

To calm yourself down, practice this simple breathing exercise: begin breathing deeply and slowly through the nose. Then hold for approximately three-to-five seconds before exhaling through the mouth. Repeat this act a couple times and you’ll soon feel calmer since this exercise can lower your heart-rate as well as your blood pressure.

Another exercise requires you to clench both hands into tight fists. As you push your arms and hands away from your body, open your hands out wide, and repeat. For a double-dose of calm, combine both the breathing and the clenching exercises into one.

A good way to make stress-free living part of your regular routine is to engage in 20 minutes of breathing exercises with the Breathslim® device. In addition to helping you breath better, it will also help you sleep sounder and awake with more energy and clarity to greet the day’s surprises—whether it’s having a rocky time at work or receiving an $85,000 rock in the shape of a Neil Lane engagement ring from “The Bachelorette” producers.

 

Four Breathing Exercises for a Calmer, Happier Kid

Breathing exercises for children

Being a kid seems fun and carefree, especially to adults. What grown up doesn’t want to be a kid again? What we don’t remember with our rosy glasses looking back is that there is actually a lot of stress already in that time. Kids act out, they explode, they deal with confusion and social pressures. Conscious breathing has long been a tool for adults to decrease stress, be more mindful, and more creative. Breathing exercises also work for children and gives them a lifelong tool to manage stress and cultivate inner peace.

Conscious breathing takes your out of operating on the sympathetic nervous system, which is the fight or flight response, and into the parasympathetic nervous system, which governs relaxation and receptivity. There are four simple practices that you can teach children, which they can master and graduate to higher level breathing exercise. Take a moment after lunch, while you’re in the car, or before nap time to go through the breathing exercises.

Flower breath

A flower breath consists of breathing in deep through the nose and exhaling from the mouth, as if you’re smelling a flower. You get bonus points for this tension-busting practice if you actually go out and smell the roses.

Hissing breath

This is similar to the flower breath, but drawn out. Breathe in a deep inhale through the nostrils and then exhale from the mouth to create a hissing sound. Extend the exhale as long as possible and slow down the child’s breathing speed for the rapid default pace. This translates to helping the child slow down mentally and physically, being more present in the moment.

Bear breath

The bear breath is perfect for getting ready for nap time as it is meant to reflect a hibernating bear. Breathe in through the nose and pause, and then exhale through the nose as well and pause. Inhaling should last about four seconds with a pause (when you’re all full of breath) for one or two seconds before exhaling for another four seconds. When your lungs are empty, there should be a second or two of pause before inhaling again, and then repeat.

Bunny breath

The bunny breath is the go-to for a fun game. It’s just three quick inhales through the nose, like sniffing, and then one long exhale through the nose. The result looks like a little bunny wiggling his or her nose. This exercise is also good for upset or frightened children who can’t seem to catch their breath. This exercise helps them connect to the exhale and their breathing instead of spinning out.

Panic attacks and Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises for panic attacks

You start to lose control of your body, your heart races, your head gets dizzy, and your palms are sweaty – yes, you are having a panic attack. Although the triggers vary greatly from person to person, the symptoms are pretty typical. This intense nervousness makes you become short of breath and even shake. You may feel like you’re having a heart attack, or going crazy – but you’re not. Panic attacks are actually fairly common, with more than six million Americans experiencing panic attacks annually. However, if they are a regular occurrence, you should talk to your doctor about panic disorder.

Did you know that a key component to avoiding and ending a panic attack is your breathing? There are breathing exercises that you can master to regain control of your body and nerves. Most breathing guides tell you to start by taking a deep breath, but at this point your lungs are full of shallow breaths that will only let you take another shallow breath. First, exhale completely. Let all of the air out of your lungs to create room for the new deep breath that you’re about to take.

Shallow breathing also creates the chest pain associated with panic attacks. It’s not your heart that is hurting, but rather the chest muscles. Shallow breathing, especially during a panic attack, also produces the feeling of hyperventilation and the dizziness that comes with it. Deep belly breathing quickly and effectively minimizes the symptoms of a panic attack. Oxygen calms the nerves and relaxes the body, physiologically solving an issue started most likely psychologically.

In order to achieve long-term results and actually decrease the occurrence of panic attacks, not just mediate them when they happen, invest in a respirator trainer, which provides the same physiological, nervous, and psychological benefits as belly breathing, and many more. The best part? Say goodbye to recurring panic attacks.

Why you can’t resist Resistance Breathing

Benefits of Resistance Breathing

If you’re looking for an exercise you can resist, Resistance Breathing is just the thing.

WHO

Whether you’re an athlete, a senior, or someone who suffers from a breathing disorder, millions of people regularly practice Resistance Breathing techniques.

WHY

Resistance Breathing can offer a bounty of benefits:

1. It strengthens the muscles to improve respiratory function with greater lung capacity and oxygen efficiency.

2. It increases energy.

3. It enhances mental focus.

4. It can help reduce stress.

5. It is an integral part of the things you want to try—be it yoga, tai chi, karate, running, rowing, cycling, and especially swimming since it will help you hold your breath for a longer period of time.

WHEN

Only after you check with your physician to see if Resistance Breathing is right for you, will you be ready to begin this empowering breathing technique.

HOW

Purse the lips; place the tip of the tongue against the inside of the upper teeth; hiss through clenched teeth; and tighten the throat muscles. While it’s important to see how quickly you can inhale and exhale fully, it’s even more important that you don’t hyperventilate.  Also, don’t just raise your shoulders and chest, let your abdomen fully expand as you breathe in.

WHAT

If you’re having trouble visualizing or mastering Resistance Breathing, you may want to try a respiratory trainer. Breathslim® is a health and wellness tool that employs the concept of resistance breathing via metered aero-dynamic resistance during 20-minute exercises that should be done everyday—or better yet, every night to ensure a sound sleep and a sound lifestyle.

Breathing Exercises and Parkinson’s Disease

Breathing exercises for Parkinson’s disease

Tremors, shuffling, and being cold are typical symptoms for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Another common, though overlooked side effect, is problematic breathing which can lead to difficulty swallowing, becoming stressed out, being tired, and getting chest infections such as pneumonia. That’s why breathing exercises are particularly important for people suffering from this chronic, degenerative disease.

If low blood pressure is not an issue, Pranayama breathing techniques are ideal since they can improve autonomic functions, reduce stress, clear the mind and enhance will power. Just sit up straight, inhale slowly through the nose until the abdomen slightly puffs out. Count to five, hold breath for a second and then slowly exhale. Repeat three times.

Another breathing exercise that can be done while sitting requires breathers to put their hands on their lap. Similar to the previous exercise, breathe in slowly through the nose and fill the lungs with air. But this time let the hands rise from the thighs. Hold the breath for a moment like before, then exhale slowly through the mouth. And repeat.

If sitting is not an option, one can breathe deeply by laying down on the back and placing one hand on the abdomen and another on the chest. Inhale slowly through the nose and exhale through the mouth while feeling the abdomen rise and fall as the lungs fill up with air and empty themselves.

Of course those with PD aren’t the only ones in need of breathing exercises. A good way for their caregivers and helpers to get some help is to set aside 20 minutes a day for breathing exercises with a breathing trainer such as a Breathslim® device which can improve lung capacity, oxygenate the body, elevate energy, and help to get relief from stress.

Breathing Exercises That Can Help You Reduce Anxiety

Breathing Exercises That Can Help You Reduce AnxietyIn 2000, a new Guinness world record for circular breathing was set by Vann Burchfield. He held a continuous note for 47 minutes and six seconds, beating out Kenny G, the former record holder. However, proper breathing is useful for more than just setting world records! Anxiety breathing exercises, in particular, can help individuals who have difficulty coping with stressful situations.

Step One: Understanding the various breathing exercises for relaxation.

Anxiety breathing exercises can teach a person how to take control of irregular breathing often experienced in moments of anxiety. Controlled breathing not only makes a person feel more in control of a situation, but it can lead to a reduction in stress.

  1. The Buteyko Method

    This method is sometimes used to help asthmatics get enough oxygen during an asthma attack, but it can also apply when a person is experiencing anxiety and having trouble breathing. To use this method, if you feel out of breath, breathe very slowly and shallowly through the nose.

  2. The Relaxing Sigh

    While sitting or standing up straight, sigh deeply. After the air rushes from your lungs, breathe in new air naturally, and repeat until you feel relaxed. The very act of sighing releases tension, and by repeating the process between eight and ten times, you can get more oxygen into your system while you relieve anxiety.

  3. The Measured Breath

    Sitting or standing, keep your shoulders and your jaw relaxed. Breathe in slowly, through your nose, to the count of four. As you breathe in you should feel your stomach expand. Hold the breath for just a moment, and then breathe out either to the count of four, or the count of seven, whichever is more comfortable. Repeat as needed until you feel calm.

Step Two: Using exercises to improve breathing.

You should be practicing these exercises even when you’re not feeling anxious, because, believe it or not, they do take practice. When anxiety strikes, everything from breathing to processing information becomes more difficult. If you’ve practiced these exercises, you’ll be better equipped to perform them well when you do feel anxious. Practice them whenever you’re not actively experiencing anxiety, so that you can figure out which ones make you feel the most relaxed.

Step Three: Putting stress relief breathing into practice.

After you have made anxiety breathing exercises a habit that you automatically pick up when you feel anxious, putting them into practice should come naturally. Whether you can feel anxiety slowly build up, or you are in the middle of a very stressful situation, pick one of the breathing exercises and focus on just getting your breathing right. Improving the flow of oxygen to your body and your brain and focusing on just this one thing, will help towards letting go of the anxiety. Follow these three simple steps and see for yourself how proper breathing can really make a noticeable difference.