It turns out that our nose is on our face for more reasons than sneezing, smelling the roses and blowing! It also gets the job of being our primary breathing apparatus. Here are six reasons to focus on using your nose for most of your breathing.
- Hydration– When we take in oxygen through the nose, our nasal passages add humidity to the air we breathe, optimizing the way the lungs work.
- Filtration– Inhaling through the nose utilizes the hairs in the nose to filter the air before it reaches the lungs, keeping the bad stuff out.
- Circulation- The circular nature of the way our nose is built creates a spiraling effect as air enters the lungs, optimizing the the amount of surface area the oxygen reaches in the base of the lungs.
- Thermo-regulation– By the time the air reaches the lungs it has been warmed, further optimizing the oxygen extraction abilities of the lungs.
- Nerve stimulation– When air passes by the olfactory nerve in the nose it enhances memory and nourishes our brain.
- Parasympathetic tone– The physical effect of deep diaphragmatic nasal breathing tickles the vagus nerve in the base of the lungs creating a calming effect throughout our nervous system. This is the reason that the exhale of the breath utilizing the abdominal muscles is so important.
None of the above occur when we mouth breathe.
Generally when we go out and exercise, within seconds or minutes we are already breathing through our mouths. The reasons stated above should be plenty convincing, but to add to that, our nervous system translates mouth breathing as a fight- or- flight response to the external environment.
By simply adding these parameters to our behavior and using our nose to ingest air, we create the calm-alert brain coherence that our bodies crave. These are the benefits of optimum breathing behavior.
Add deep diaphragmatic nasal breathing to your list of wholesome disciplines. It creates a very powerful calm/alert effect as well as maximizing the nourishment our bodies enjoy from the intake of oxygen. Your challenge is to try nose breathing when you exercise. See one of our videos about it or come learn from us directly!