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5 Tips to Make Your Holidays Enjoyable

Breathslim   Holidays are often called a period  for weight gain, but for you they don’t have to be.

There’s nothing wrong in a little guilt of eating dishes you love, and here’re some tips for you to keep extra weight off and enjoy the Christmas.

1. You can avoid the consequences of overeating and alcohol consumption with the help of breathing gymnastics, because over 70% of toxins are removed from the body by breathing.

2. Full abdominal breathing helps to reduce weight gain by improving digestion.

3. Slow even abdominal breathing helps to overcome sleep deprivation, which is unavoidable during Holidays.

4. Regular breathing trainings with the Breathslim System provide the body with necessary amounts of oxygen and strength for some holiday activities!

5. If you travel during Holidays, breathing exercises will help you to cope with jet lags and adapt faster.

Breathslim – Now Officially Clinically Tested!

University of California

Breathe Slim Inc. is pleased to announce that we have just completed a three months double blind study in the Clinical Exercise Research Center (CERC) in the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy on the University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus.

Forty sedentary adult men and women (20-55 years of age) with body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 25 were recruited to visit the USC Health Sciences Campus for 3 testing sessions. All 40 subjects performed resistive expiratory muscle training using the Breathslim device over the duration of the study.

The main findings of the study are that resistive expiratory muscle training using the Breathslim device increased fat free mass which translates into increased energy expenditure, raising resting metabolism and result in loss of body fat.

Over the duration of the study, subjects also completed an online training journal. Based on review of the training journals, subjects experienced improved energy throughout the day, reduced food cravings, and better sleep. The reports in the daily training journals suggest that the subjects had a positive experience while performing the breathing exercise and there were no negative reports by study subjects.

New Diet For Your Brain

Gaining extra weight creates lots of problems with health and lowers the quality of life. Problems with joints and spine, stertorous breathing – these are just a few issues that accompany weight problems. But there lies far more serious and almost invisible aspect that we usually don’t notice until it’s too late. The “heart” of the problem is the state of nervous system and brain function. Memory, focus disorders, mood swings – all of them are the “close friends” of excess weight.

Scientists have proven an evident influence of binge eating on cognitive functions. The connection comes from the high-calorie food, which leads to the nervous stress and structural changes in the brain. Intellect, memory and other indicators in the control group were on the average 25% lower than in people with normal weight.

It’s widely known that brain function affects behavior and the ability to control food consumption. In most cases, overeating happens when people try to mac out negative emotions. Dramatic food restriction provokes the will to eat more and this long-term stress can lead to a diet depression.

This is the fact that a lot of programs for combating obesity include various kinds of psychotherapy or drugs to influence the brain function. Their long-term administration can create tons of problems due to their possible side effects, that is why to prevent those issues, you should choose methods and means that can be taken long-term and without any side effects.

Until now, there was no way to fight this problem, but now such  method does exist. Specialists recommend using Breathslim breathing system as a solution. Why is that? Because everyone can use it! This method is great for relieving stress, it calms you down. A calm person breathes better and controls his behavior and food intake. Breathing with the Breathslim increases O2 blood and brain saturation, thus improving memory, mood and sleep. This useful technique has one side effect – you will get rid of food cravings and decrease your appetite! To sum everything up, Breathslim has created a perfect way for correction of  extra weight and mental functions.

Too Hot? Try Breathwork

Long-awaited summer is finally here and we all are hoping to have a good time. But sometimes summer heat can cause some undesired problems. First of all, heat can cause additional discomfort for people with extra weight.

It’s not easy to stay active when it’s above 90F outside and even a simple walk becomes a real struggle. It’s hard to breathe, we start breathing faster and this may even lead to wheezing.

We also sweat more when it’s hot and thus get dehydrated. Our air passages get dry because of faster water evaporation which also makes it harder to breathe. Heart and vessels also need to work harder in hot weather – heart beat rises and blood pressure shoots up.

Dealing with temperature extremes like severe heat can lead to extra stress upon the body. Our body is constantly working to maintain its normal temperature, and when we are exposed to higher levels of heat (or cold), the body will require extra amounts of energy to keep itself at 98.6 degrees. And this extra energy will need higher amounts of oxygen to fuel, and will make lungs work much harder to supply the extra level required.

So, how can we help our body to protect itself against the negative effects of heat?

The answer is simple. Just learn to breathe correctly and train your lungs with Breathslim®! These short exercises (just 20 minutes a day) can be done anytime anywhere – at home, at work… Even in a traffic jam!

Breathing exercises help improve lung function and capacity and decrease the risk of gasping in a hot weather. Slow deep breathing that you’ll acquire will improve heart activity and blood circulation in vessels.

With Breathslim®, your body will also intake twice more oxygen than with normal breathing. This will provide that extra energy your body needs to maintain normal body temperature and reduce stress.

Let’s get a breath of fresh air this summer with Breathslim®!

Relationship of Breathing and Nutrition: “Optimal Breathing Diet”

This topic is of concern to many people, because the quality of nutrition is considered to be the main factor for health and longevity. It’s almost impossible to give universal nutrition recipe. This is due to the fact that breathing exercises are done by different people — men and women of different age, sedentary patients with multiple sclerosis and professional athletes and so on. These people live in different climatic regions; have different national and religious traditions, digestive systems.

Products have different pH indexes and thus can indirectly have influence over the activity of the breathing center and pH balance in blood and tissues. This is also true for the lung ventilation and breathing processes in tissues as well.

It has been proven that in the process of breathing training people tend to eat less. On the whole, the experience allows to give one nutrition tip during breathing trainings -- diet diversity and moderation is the key.

American Council on Science and Health in 2008 recommends the same: «3. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Eat a balanced diet. Handle foods safely.The keys to good nutrition are variety, moderation, and balance. There are no "good" or "bad" foods—but there certainly are "good" and "bad" diets. »

Here’s Michael White’s opinion on “breathing and nutrition”:

«When we consistently breathe better we need less food and can go comfortably longer between feedings; if it’s living food instead of cooked, we have even more “energy to burn”. If you have been eating predominantly cooked foods, you will find that eating more living foods with live enzymes adds immensely to the entire process. Enzymes and breathing are totally synergistic… Breathing is not the panacea for all of your problems, but breathing is at the top of the list of MY priorities. You can learn to breathe better safely and easily, and with an increased amount of live nutrient and enzyme rich food in your diet, you will become healthier and happier and get lots more out of life.»

We definitely should avoid overeating and sameness in nutrition. Cut down on eating deep-fried and smoked products to the limit, sweet products and sugar, white flour products, alcohol and coffee. Choose an individual nutrition program for the year. Have some hunger days. Whip up a vegetarian table or drink fruit juices or maintain reasonable starvation regime, drink enough water. And remember to keep a diet diary to choose best products for you!

Obesity and asthma

 

Being overweight, especially obese (a body mass index, or BMI, greater than or equal to 30), is a risk factor for developing asthma.

In a meta-analysis of seven prospective studies that included 333,000 subjects, obesity increased the risk of developing asthma in both men and women by 50 percent.

There are various reasons why obesity worsens asthma. The reasons for this include the mechanical effects of truncal obesity and the metabolic effects of adipose tissue. Оbese asthmatics have smaller lung capacity, which causes the muscles around the lung airways to contract more, resulting in more asthma symptoms. The small airways in obese asthmatics are more likely to stay closed during normal breathing, causing less oxygen exchange in these airways.

 

Excess weight impairs respiratory function via mechanical and metabolic pathways. The accumulation of abdominal fat, for example, may limit the descent of the diaphragm, and in turn, lung expansion, while the accumulation of visceral fat can reduce the flexibility of the chest wall, sap respiratory muscle strength, and narrow airways in the lungs.

Asthma is more common and often harder to treat in the obese population.

Asthma in patients with obesity is characterized by more severe course, a reduced response to standard therapy.

Obese asthmatics get hospitalized 4.6 times more than asthmatics with normal BMI.

Researchers at National Jewish Health have shown that glucocorticoids, the primary controller medication for asthma, are 40 percent less effective in overweight and obese asthma patients than in those of normal weight.

“This study identifies what could be a significant issue for the 20 million Americans with asthma; specifically, the main controller medication might be less effective if you are overweight or obese,” said Dr. Sutherland.

The main reason is that obese people usually need a higher dose of medications.

This is why for obese people with asthma special breathing exercises that improve lung function, increase lung ventilation and improve oxygen exchange are especially necessary.

Breathslim program is targeted to solve these particular problems. Its main goal is to develop optimal diaphragmatic breathing which increases lung ventilation, decreases shortness of breath, improves oxygen supply to the blood and gives you energy to do physical exercises. Training with Breathslim also switches on the optimal function of a diaphragm that starts working as a powerful pump that circulates lymph through the whole body, therefore providing quick toxins removal.

All this combined with other benefits of this program provides a better quality of life for people with asthma and excess weight.

The most invisible and dangerous fat

 

Human life is impossible without fat tissue. It’s a known fact that fat is a source of energy for our bodies.

Fat is also a perfect shock absorber protecting the internal organs. It is especially important for protecting abdominal organs as they don’t have such “hard” protection as skull bones or ribs.

Usually when people notice they gained some excess weight and see their body shape changing they start actively fighting with subcutaneous fat (under the skin). But it is much more important to remember about a more serious and invisible danger. It is “invisible fat” that is called visceral adipose tissue (VAT). This fat tissue is absolutely necessary for our lives. It is located inside the abdominal cavity and that’s why it is invisible. It supports normal functioning of all internal organs – stomach, liver, gall bladder, intestines, kidneys and genitals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visceral fat is accumulated around internal organs and serves as a cushion from shocks and vibration during moving, running or jumping.

But the danger of visceral fat tissue is that it’s not just fat, it is a very active biological tissue. Dr. Arthur Frank, Medical Director of the George Washington University weight management program, says that the danger to health is not determined by the fact that you have excess weight, but rather by where it is concentrated in your body. If all of your excess weight is concentrated around your waistline, it is better to start losing it!

Cells of visceral adipose tissue produce about 30 hormones and metabolic substances that provoke development of illnesses associated with obesity. And this “invisible danger” is gradually accumulated inside the abdominal cavity.

In case of visceral obesity, there are 20-30 times more of free fatty acids coming into the bloodstream compared to norm. Excess fat tissue inside the abdominal cavity obstructs normal functioning of internal organs which creates hormonal problems both in men and women.

Clinical studies carried in University of Florida in Tampa, showed that women suffering from breast cancer had 45% more deep abdominal fat than those who didn’t have this disease.

Excess abdominal fat tissue obstructs blood stream through veins as well as lymph circulation. Too much fat around the waistline also hinders the proper movement of diaphragm which disturbs lung ventilation and oxygen balance in the body. This, in turn, leads to shortness of breath and sleep apnoea.

This makes it harder to do any intensive aerobic exercises and it is obvious that dieting alone is not enough to fight with visceral fat.

In case of having excess visceral fat it is much more effective to follow a program that will help “stir up” fat stored inside the abdominal cavity, increase lung ventilation and improve oxygen metabolism.

Breathslim program is targeted to solve these particular problems. It’s main goal is to develop optimal diaphragmatic breathing which provides intensive massage of the abdominal cavity and increases lung ventilation. Special breathing technique stimulates blood stream in capillaries of visceral fat tissue. It is a proven fact that fat burning is safe only if the body can remove toxins quickly and effectively.

Exercises with Breathslim switch on the optimal function of diaphragm that starts working as a powerful pump that circulates lymph through the whole body, therefore, providing quick toxins removal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breathslim exercises will also save you from such unpleasant cosmetic issue as loose belly. If we lose abdominal and visceral fat too quickly, we’ll get saggy skin that doesn’t make us look more attractive. Breathslim allows improving metabolism along with gradually getting rid of excess visceral fat. Combination of these two factors will keep your stomach toned and you will get this desired waist where it should be.

How breathing exercises can help with hypodynamia

 

According to World Health Organization experts, hypodynamia causes untimely death to 3.3 million people every year. In USA where about 56% of adults don’t do even minimum physical activities, sedentary lifestyle is the main cause of untimely death.

 

 

 

 

Hypodynamia worsens normal functions of all organs and systems in the body.

When there is not enough physical activity, lung function is the first to be affected. As a result tissues don’t get enough oxygen which slows down the metabolism and leads to weight gain.

And excess weight further complicates the normal functioning of lungs and makes it harder to exercise.

The most popular solution to this problem is to start eating less. However physical therapists say that such limitations are a bit aggressive and offer alternative ways to fight with hypodynamia.

For example, Professor Steven Blair (University of South Carolina), claims – “better fit and fat, than thin and lazy”.

But in order to be able to do physical activities regularly, it is important to have respiratory system working properly. When lung function is weak, overweight people have difficulties moving and exercising, there is shortness of breath and tiredness.

These problems can be solved by improving respiratory system function first. There are special breathing techniques for that. These techniques help master correct diaphragmatic breathing by creating resistance to breathing during the training. This improves lung ventilation and blood supply in the body that was weakened by sedentary lifestyle. Such positive changes help gradually increase the level and quality of physical activities.