The Importance of Breath

Breathing is a grossly underestimated source of life-giving, healing and purifying energy. When we breathe in a relaxed fashion we move from a destructive metabolic state to a constructive one. This shift from operating in chronic stress mode to one of relaxed alertness can affect the synthesis of protein, fat and carbohydrates, increase the production of cells for immune system activation, promote bone repair and growth, as well as enhance the cellular, hormonal and psychological process.

Did you know:

  • The average person breathes between 18,000 - 20,000 breaths per day.
  • This totals an average of 5,000 gallons of air.
  • In weight, this is 35 times as much as we take in from food and water.
  • 70% of toxins are eliminated during the breathing process. Only a small % of toxins are eliminated through perspiration, defecation and urination.
  • 90% of the nutrition needed by the body comes from the oxygen we breathe. Only 1 0% comes from the food we eat and without sufficient oxygen, we will not get proper nutrition from our food. Oxygen is the fuel that burns our food.
  • We can go 10-14 days without food, 4 days without liquids, hours without heat but only 4 minutes without air before brain damage occurs.
  • Air is the most quickly distributed element in the body. It immediately enters the blood stream as oxygen must be constantly supplied to each and every cell.
  • Each breath nourishes and feeds the circulatory system.
  • Deeper breathing enhances cellular activity and therefore our very strength.
  • Without the breath we could not speak.
  • We need oxygen for our brains to think and metabolize our food.