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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.

Respiratory Illness Grips the United States

Respiratory illness in the United States and how to prevent it

Autumn hasn’t come in full strength yet, but there is already an illness sweeping the United States. More than 20 states have reported cases of respiratory illness, some of which have required children to be sent to the hospital. In Kansas City, Missouri alone, more than 300 cases of respiratory illness were reported in August, 15 percent of which placed children in the ICU. From mid-August to September 19, 2014, there were 160 confirmed cases in 22 states.

The disease is enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and there are reported cases throughout the country, especially in the Midwest. It mostly affects children and the symptoms are similar to those of an intense cold, and can be easy to miss. The treatment is also a lot like treating a heavy cold.

In addition to not spending time with people that are sick, the best way to avoid respiratory illness is to wash your hands often and avoid sharing utensils with someone who has contracted a respiratory illness – this includes towels. The disease is passed through respiratory fluids, particularly saliva and snot, so it passes from person to person through a cough or sneeze. It also transferred on shared surfaces so make it a habit not to touch your face during this season.

There isn’t a vaccine for EV-D68 and most cases people won’t even know that they have the virus and will think that it’s just a severe cold instead. What worries doctors is that an infection in the respiratory tract can restrict airways and cause breathing difficulty and wheezing. Children with asthma are particularly susceptible.

Help your family avoid respiratory illness with meticulous hygiene and strengthening their respiratory tract. Conducting breathing exercises can make your kids more relaxed and provides a wealth of health benefits, the most important of which is strengthening the lungs.

Get in on the Breathslim Buzz

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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

Five Best Workouts for Asthma Sufferers

All healthcare professionals promote the benefits of exercise and strongly encourage people to be active. This is easier said than done for asthmatics that worry that exercise can be more harm than good. However, being active can actually help your asthma. Approximately 80 percent of asthma sufferers aren’t getting enough exercise because they are worried about triggering an attack.

By engaging in the proper activities, you can have a fun workout and be athletic without risking your health. Exercise improves lung capacity, helps cope with everyday chores (i.e. cleaning, shopping, etc.), and will increase your stamina. As an asthma sufferer, you have to be sure to use an inhaler when engaging in any strenuous physical activity and have it on you at all times, just in case. You should also drink plenty of water. If exercise triggers symptoms, you are either going too hard or your asthma isn’t well controlled and you should reach out to your doctor.

1. Walking
Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous activity that leaves you winded. Studies have shown that adults who took walks up to three times per week for 12 weeks actually improved their asthma symptoms, while also getting fit without provoking an attack.

Best Workout for Asthma Sufferers - Walking

2. Yoga
Yoga is the perfect exercise for people suffering from asthma. Yoga is all about breathing control and therefore activates the lungs while reinforcing your control. A study has shown that a couple of hours of Hatha yoga per week over a 10-week span helped asthma patients decrease their medication doses.

Best Workout for Asthma Sufferers - Yoga

3. Golf
Asthmatics do best with staggered activity instead of prolonged, full-throttle action. You can take a swing and walk to the next tee at a leisurely pace, and golf is also stimulating for the mind. Just be sure to keep an eye out for pollen and other allergens if you have an allergic component to the asthma.

Best Workout for Asthma Sufferers - Golf

4. Swimming
Swimming may be the best higher-intensity workout for asthmatics. Swimmers typically breathe in warm, highly humidified air while also remaining mostly horizontal. The horizontal position may loosen mucus that has accumulated in the bottom of the lungs. However, excessive chlorine exposure can trigger an asthma attack. A rule of thumb is that if you can smell the chlorine, it’s too much.

Best Workout for Asthma Sufferers - Swimming

5. Baseball/Softball
Baseball and softball have a lot of downtime whether you’re in the dugout, stopped at a base, or hanging out in the outfield. These long periods of downtime are broken up by spurts of high-intensity action. Be sure to use an inhaler 15 to 30 minutes before playing, drink a lot of water in the dugout, and warm up before the game.

Best Workout for Asthma Sufferers – Baseball and Softball

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.