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Use the nose to breath & mouth to eat

If you weren’t breathing properly, you ldn’t be alive, right? Well, not quite!

As might you have guessed, there are two main methods of breathing: mouth breathing and nose breathing. Breathing through your nose is one of the most beneficial things you can do for the overall health of your body and for your longevity.

Humans evolved to breathe mainly through the nose, and if you’ve ever observed a baby or a pet, you’ll see that this is how they naturally breathe most of the time. This is related to how our throats are naturally configured; babies can breathe AND suckle at the same time without choking. It’s a survival mechanism!

The way our noses process and filtrate air are intentionally designed very differently than our mouths when we breath.

Compared to mouth breathing, nose breathing allows for better…

  • Filtration of foreign particles such as dust, allergens, and pollen

  • Humidify and warms inhaled air making it easier for your lungs to use

  • Increase oxygen uptake and circulation

  • Promotes activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which calms and relaxes the body, slows the breathing and the heart rate, promotes digestion

  • Improves lung capacity

  • Reduces risk of snoring and sleep apnea

  • Strengthens the diaphragm muscle

  • Aids your immune system

  • Lowers your risk of snoring, poor sleep and sleep apnea

  • Reduced risk of periodontal disease, cavities and bad breath

  • Helps prevent colds, flu, allergic reaction, hay fever, irritable coughing

  • Supports the correct formation of teeth, mouth, tongue placement

  • Produces nitric oxide(NO) in the nasal sinuses. NO is a vasodilator and bronchodilator that increases oxygen transport throughout the body

Phew! That a long list and there is many benefits not listed here as well.

Mouth breathing can temporarily be necessary during strenuous exercise or when we’re battling a cold, but when people end up mouth breathing every night, it can indicate a problem.

So how should we optimally breathe…?

Taking a proper breath starts in the nose, but should also involve your diaphragm and adequate rib excursion to helps fill your lungs.

Here are my three favorite breathing exercises to help you improve your nasal breathing:

  1. Block breathing

  2. Diaphragmatic Breathing 101

  3. Relaxing breathing reminder

  4. Alternate nostril breathing (gentle variation)

In conclusion, just remember to use your mouth to eat and your nose to breath!

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