Fatigue, Exhaustion, Poor Concentration, Brain Fog
How often do you struggle to get through the day due to a lack of energy, poor levels of concentration or brain fog? One of the most common reasons for this is down to dysfunctional breathing. People who talk for a living, such as teachers, can feel exhausted by the end of the working day.
If we breathe a larger volume of air than is required metabolically, we will begin to feel tired due to a lack of oxygen reaching the cells and organs of the body. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a molecule that is absolutely vital in the functioning of the human body, but by breathing heavily, we blow off too much of this important gas. As we breathe oxygen into the lungs, it crosses over into the blood and gets transported by a special protein in the red blood cells called haemoglobin – normal levels of CO2 in the blood allow the oxygen to be released more easily by the haemoglobin, where the oxygen then enters the tissues of our body. However, if we breathe too heavily, we breathe out an excess of CO2 and the oxygen binds (or holds) much more tightly to the haemoglobin and thus cannot be utilised by the body.
By addressing dysfunctional breathing, we can bring an abundance of oxygen to the brain, muscles and organs allowing the body to be adequately oxygenated, which in turn gives us more energy and increased alertness and concentration. It is also important that we breathe correctly during sleep to get the best nights’ rest possible. Poor sleep equals a tiring, effortful and exhausting day.
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