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Oscar Wilde once said, “The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about” so clearly the folks at Breathslim® must be pleased their respiratory trainer is creating a buzz from websites such as Dude I Want That.

Known as a geek’s gift guide to gadgets, gear and novelties, Dude I Want That reports, “On the one hand, the Breathslim apparatus looks ridiculous. Like something the infirm folk would be required to use from a hospital bed or nursing home…On the other hand, Breathslim reviews aren’t bad.”

It’s true! The Max Fitness site confirms Breathslim is an effective way to combat insomnia and get a better, deeper sleep in general. “It was hard to get used to breathing with the stomach muscles and I had to consciously focus on inhaling and exhaling to ensure that my chest did not move,” reports Max Frankel. “After a few minutes, this new way of breathing became a decently natural process; while doing work on my laptop I had barely even noticed that this wired white hose was hanging out of my mouth! After 5 to 10 minutes, I began to feel a deep relaxation, a serious ‘wow’ moment. I turned to my girlfriend and told her that I felt like I had taken a sleeping pill. My mood was pleasant, I was drowsy, and before I knew it I was fast asleep with the Breathslim lying on the bed!”

Acupuncturist author Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P) says doing breathing exercises with Breathslim can also benefit asthma sufferers as well as those seeking to lose weight, explaining, “This is the machine to use for your breathing retaining and it really is quite nice to blow bubbles as one increase the oxygenation of one’s cells and tissues…created to help asthma sufferers the Breathslim breathing device is serious medicine. Sold in the United States it is now being marketed for weight loss because it increased oxygen and metabolism to a significant enough level as to burn more fat thus helping to lose weight and keep it off.”

Internationally renowned scientist, writer and breathing trainer Artour Rakhimov, PhD adds, “If we practice continuously for, let’s say 15 to 20 minutes, our breathing pattern will be changed because the breathing center is going to adapt to higher CO2 levels. At once we finish the exercises there is a noticeable effect: breathing becomes slower and lighter; and that effect is going to last for many hours.” Yet the breathing expert suggests Breathslim may not help sleepers who breath through their mouths, nor will it result in weight loss without users adding additional exercise and other healthy habits to their lifestyle.

The review at Normal Breathing concurs, stating, “In order to achieve certain success with Breathslim, one needs to increase his or her morning body-oxygen levels. Correction of lifestyle risk factors is necessary for a more efficient breath-changing and life-changing project. Obviously, following two central rules of the Buteyko method (eat only when you are hungry and stop eating at the first signs of satiety) are also important for Breathslim to work.”

Of course, there’s no way to know if Breathslim can help you lose weight, gain sleep gain, renew energy or obtain a youthful glow unless you try it for yourself. The inexpensive drug and chemical free respiratory trainer is available at http://www.breathslim.com/buy_now/.

Combat Depression with Deep Breathing

Combat Depression with Deep Breathing Exercises

The world was stunned when the news of Robin Williams’s suicide surfaced. Unfortunately his story is not unique. Funnymen Richard Jeni, Charles Rocket and Freddie Prinze also committed suicide after losing battles to depression. Of course, one doesn’t have to be a professional comedian to suffer from this dangerous disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 90% of people who take their own lives are diagnosed with depression or another mental illness. A report done in 2013 also suggests baby boomers suffering from depression are more likely to consider suicide than other generation groups.

To dull the pain of depression, many turn to drugs or alcohol but this only worsens the situation. Healthier options are available and must be used as part of a strategy to properly combat depression.

Often when a person’s mood is low, their breathing is shallow and constricted. This causes an inadequate supply of oxygen in the blood and can result in an emotional imbalance. Fortunately, there are simple breathing exercises to deepen one’s breathing and lighten one’s mood.

If you close your eyes and focus all your attention on breathing deeply, you can relax your body. This will allow you to open your mind and welcome in positive thoughts. Simply increase the depth of your breath so you are taking four or fewer breaths every 60 seconds. Try this for five minutes and see how much better you feel.

To be less depressed and more energized, try this exercise. First, sit on a chair with your back straight and feet flat on the floor. Reach straight up with both hands. Then, inhale deeply. As you hold your breath, squeeze your fists before exhaling slowly. Imagine you are pulling down on rubber bands as you lower your fists to your chest. Now, repeat this a couple more times.

When you’re almost ready to finish, cross your arms over your chest. Rest your fingers on your chest, with your wrists crossed in the middle. Drop your chin to your chest and inhale four short breaths without exhaling. Hold your breath before finally exhaling slowly through your mouth. Then, repeat for a few more minutes.

If this exercise sounds too complicated, you may want to first try basic breathing exercises with a respiratory trainer such as Breathslim®. This handy device can help you pay attention to your breathing and literally change your life for the better.

New App for Respiratory Diagnosis and Training

Not breathing properly? There’s an app for that. BreathResearch Inc. (BRI) has a staff of health practitioners, scientists, and engineers that has developed the MyBreath Lite app (with MyBreath Pro coming soon), which records, evaluates, and trains your breathing.

MyBreath Lite Smartphone App for Respiratory Diagnosis and Training

The free app is an integrated system that screens and optimizes your respiration when at rest or while exercising. To get started you just download the app on your smartphone, follow the prompts, and record your breathing for one to three minutes. The app will give you your BRI score and rate it on a scale from optimal to strained, also denoting the perceived level of stress. There are seven metrics in all, which include: rate, depth, tension, flow, variability, apnea, and cycle. You can also see your inhalation exhalation ratio that reveals if your breaths are balanced.

MyBreath then trains you with an animated guide that also sets up practice sessions and monitors yours goals. Your reward? Feeling wonderful and being healthy… and actual rewards. MyBreath offers a variety of rewards like free gift cards, coupons on healthy foods and drinks, and other discounts on retail items.

Smartphone App for Breath Training and Monitoring

Another component is the Breath Project, which is designed to help you improve your health by understanding the significance of your breathing patterns. You can sign up to receive training tips, exercise plans, updates on its system and other new technologies, and special offers.

 

Download the app and find a new way to commit to preventative health practices, or to remedy an ailment. We have long written about the health benefits of proper breathing and the detriments of shallow, ineffective breathing. The body is a unified system so weak breathing reaches beyond being a “lung problem” and makes itself known in your nervous system, brain function, heart rate, energy, and more. Monitor your breath and train your respiratory system regularly.

 

Athletes, Increase Your Endurance!

How athletes can increase endurance

Runners, bikers and swimmers – surely you have noticed when you are running harder, or for an extended period of time, your leg muscles become fatigued. However, it’s not necessarily your leg muscles that are the first to become strained. When you run, bike and swim, it is more likely that your respiratory muscles are the first to become tired. It is important to remember that respiratory muscles are just as susceptible to overexertion as your body’s other muscles.

While you’re running and you feel your legs become fatigued, this is because the nervous system has redirected oxygen delivery to your respiratory muscles to keep them going and to not allow them to become fatigued to a dangerous extent. When your limb muscles do not have enough oxygen, they become tired and start to feel limp and heavy.

To increase your respiratory muscle endurance, you can train the muscles with deeper breathing to strengthen them. They can be trained separately from the rest of your body. Using a respiratory trainer like Breathslim, you’ll use your respiratory muscles at a higher capacity, sometimes even more than when you’re actually running, biking or swimming. Without the rest of your body needing excessive oxygen, the tool helps strengthen in the chest cavity.

With stronger respiratory muscles, your endurance and athletic performance will take off.

High Altitudes. High Risk.

Breathing at high altitudes

If you want to visit the mountains of, say, Colorado for a hiking trip, the altitude’s affect on your body is a necessary consideration. Though most of the Western part of the United States is above sea level, in the mountains you may experience what is considered high altitude, higher than 5,000 feet, or very high altitude above, which is 11,500 feet above sea level. At these levels, noticeable changes will take place in the body.

The air pressure is the same at sea level as at high altitudes, but the oxygen molecules are more dispersed in the air the higher you ascend so there is less oxygen taken in on each breath. Your body will start to create more red blood cells because they are the cells that carry oxygen throughout the blood. Visitors to high altitudes often develop AMS, an acute mountain sickness that can be avoided and usually goes away within a couple of days. Symptoms can include nausea, headache, trouble sleeping and breathing faster and deeper to try to pull in more oxygen. Two other conditions that can strike anyone at a high altitude whether fit or unfit is called high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE). These conditions can be life threatening.

There are ways to enjoy the beauty of the mountains while doing your best to avoid becoming ill. There is a saying, “Climb high, sleep low.” Go to a lower altitude to sleep to avoid oxygen loss. Next, drink up! Staying hydrated is very important. At higher altitudes your body loses fluids faster because of the decreased humidity and increased urination. The body will make up for fluid loss by storing water and sodium which can result in fluid entering the body tissue and cause swelling of the feet, hands and face. Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeinated drinks that dehydrate the body. Nausea is common at high altitudes, but REI says that eating can actually reverse those green feelings. If you are to experience nausea, headache, feeling disoriented, dizzy or develop a persistent cough, descend immediately to a lower altitude.

Breathing deeply to get more oxygen into the blood on each breath will reduce the pressure on your body to compensate for the lack of oxygen at high altitudes. Try using a respiratory trainer. Breathslim will help you take in more oxygen on each breath, something that our bodies desperately need when up in the mountains.

Always remain observant of how your body is responding to altitude changes. Breathing with Breathslim will deliver more oxygen to the blood, but altitude sickness can still occur.

Breathing for Singers

Breathing tips for singers

Singers, both advanced and novice are taught how to properly breathe to “support the tone” and use the diaphragm. However, as it turns out many vocal coaches do not fully understand the body’s physiological uses of its muscles and organs, and hence student singers learn the wrong techniques.

Vocal technique instructor Karyn O’Connor knows the science behind proper breathing and understands how this affects the unique breathing that takes place during singing. She thoroughly outlines this on her website, singwise.com, but I’m going to give you a quick synopsis so you can utilize the respiratory muscles to optimize your vocals.

Controlled breathing is the key. During speaking we tend to breathe in shallow, even breaths. This works decently for its purpose, which is getting about 5 percent of oxygen into the blood on each breath, but it is absolutely not efficient for a singer. O’Connor says that during singing, “we need to inhale quickly and deeply, then exhale slowly and steadily in a long breath.” Singers must train the respiratory muscles to be able to maintain control throughout the process. The muscles in the abdomen are a major contributor to your control. To extend how long you can exhale, you have to keep your sternum raised for as long as possible without raising your shoulders or clavicle.

Supporting the tone can mean very little to singers unless it is fully understood. A part of this is contracting the abdominal muscles so there is more pressure in the abdomen and thorax. Then the diaphragm will rise. O’Connor tells singers to focus their breathing in the soft space between the ribs, below the diaphragm because it allows for the complete filling of the lungs.

During sleep, we breathe the most naturally. Our abdomens rise without the movement of the shoulders or clavicle. If a singer allows his or her chest to rise on when inhaling, the sternum collapses, there is disconnect between the upper and lower muscles in the torso and the lower lobes of the lungs are cut off and not able to fill. That means a shallow breath on the exhale.

Improper breathing feels unnatural, but when we are taught the wrong method we can retrain our bodies to do it right. If you sing with the use of inefficient breathing, you can retrain your lungs with the correct techniques.

Five Best Physically Demanding Summer Vacations

Forget the all-inclusive resorts and swimming pools full of chlorine. Here are five physically demanding vacations full of exploration and adventure. These invigorating activities will get your heart pounding and lungs breathing deep.

1.Great Barrier Reef Australia

Visit one of the world’s natural wonders for some of the best scuba diving in the world. Beginning and experienced divers are all welcome. According to greatbarrierreef.org, a trip here will allow you to experience the “largest collection of corals- around 400 different types, coralsponges, mollusks, rays, dolphins, over 1,500 species of tropical fish, more than 200 types of birds, around 20 types of reptiles including sea turtles and giant clams over 120 years old.”Traveling from mainland Australia and the islands to the reef is super easy. All major cities and towns along the coast and islands make daily trips to the reef by luxury cruisers and sailboat. Depending on your skill level, divers have the option of diving in shallow spots, gentle areas rich in fish and coral for beginners or in outer reefs for more experienced divers.

2.Safari in Kenya with Journeys by Design

Journeys by Design is a UK company that does excellent, custom African travel tours. They work closely with tribal communities such as the Masai and Samburu offering visitors an authentic experience and benefitting locals. In an 11-day trip you’ll ride camels and walk through African tribal villages, catch wildlife at a watering hole and Picnic at OlLolokwe Mountain. The mountain is believed to be the residence of the gods by the Masai people. You’ll experience a hike through the Matthews Range that elephants and leopards call their home. Last is a visit to the “singing wells” to witness chanting Samburu warriors cascade up to 32 feet down into wells to fills water vessels for their cattle.

3. South Island of New Zealand

Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of adventurous tours in all seven continents, but our pick is New Zealand: Southern Beauty. This trip includes exploration of the south island’s mountain, hiking the fjords of Milford Sound and sea kayaking. Visitors will see the deep blue lakes of the Wakatipi Basin that was made famous by the Lord of the Rings films. The trip is designed to minimize driving to really display New Zealand’s intense natural beauty. The new, exclusive selected lodge where you’ll stay is only accessible by a 4×4 vehicle.

4. Machu Picchu

Visit the great urban Inca creation with REI that is enfolded between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon basin. Hike to what is one of the most applauded architectural developments and the most spectacular of agricultural achievements of the Incan civilization. REI hosts a seven-day tour allowing you to follow in the footsteps of the Inca people. It includes an exploration of South America’s oldest continually inhabited city Cusco, visiting the Pisac ruins, a guided tour of Machu Picchu and views of it from surrounding mountains. Last is a return to Cusco. Each day you’ll hike a glorious two to seven miles to get your heart pumping.

5. Greek Islands

For an active family in for some hiking, swimming and kayaking, head to Athens and the Greek Islands with REI on their Greek Islands Family Adventure. Athens is a city to see by foot. The trip starts with a walking tour of Athens’ historic Plaka, a market area bustling with local Greeks and an exploration of the ancient Acropolis. Soon after you’ll be on a hide speed ferry to Mykonos Island to swim at the beach and hike at the mythical birthplace of Apollo, the Greek god of music. Next you’ll kayak around Santorini, swim in warm volcanic waters and hike to ancient Thira. On this seven-day excursion, you will be immersed in Greek culture and enjoy physical and adventurous activities each day.

Breathing 101

Proper breathing tips!

You are what you breathe
If you’re taking shallow short breaths, you’ll be short on energy and short on patience since poor breathing leads to stress and depression among other unwanted side effects. But if you learn how to breathe properly by taking long deep breaths, you’ll receive a long list of health benefits such as deeper sleep, less stress, greater energy, weight loss, and more.

Let the breaths begin
Sit with your back straight and hands in your lap. Before you take in a deep breath, envision your breath moving down and expanding into your body in the shape of a bell, flaring and pushing down and outward into your abdomen in all directions. Got it?

The glass is half full—of air
Now inhale slowly and deeply for a count of three. Think of your lungs as an empty glass that will be filled with the invisible air you breathe in. Once the imaginary glass is filled with air, pause, and then slowly exhale for three seconds. As you empty your lungs, make sure to use your abdominal muscles to squeeze out all of the air. Now pause for a second, and repeat again.

Healthy habit
If you begin to make this a regular part of your day, you’ll feel an improvement in both your physical and mental health. Of course adopting a new habit isn’t always easy so you’ll have to make a concerted effort to incorporate this into your daily routine. Just set aside five uninterrupted minutes—be it in the morning, on a mid-day break or before bed— when you can sit with your eyes closed and mind focused. Then visualize that bell, that glass, and the newer, healthier you!

Breathing buddy
Once you’re ready to up your breathing exercises from five minutes a day to 20 minutes, check out Breathslim®. The breathing trainer device applies metered aero-dynamic resistance to help improve lung capacity, elevate energy, reduce stress with stress relievers, and oxygenate your body when used during daily, 20-minute exercises.