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Pranayama and Vitamin “O” (Oxygen)


pranayama is a vast subject. It consists of different breathing techniques. All techniques have different names. All pranayama are beneficial for physical, mental and emotional well being.

In this article, we will discuss on the pranayama( deep breathing) (belly breathing), also a part of the pranayama. In ancient science deep-belly-abdominal breathing is termed as “Vasishta pranayama”.

Today the world is running fast. Despite lots of information available on the Internet and expensive solutions, people are getting sicker and unhealthier.

Healthy people are also struggling for losing extra few kilos of fat. Then, what is missing in the fast moving world which we may need is simple, inexpensive and free but taken for granted and under utilized is Oxygen (Vitamin “O”).

Due to stress, anxiety, over-thinking, workload, overburden, family responsibilities, financial crisis, continuous thoughts are running in the mind, hence shallow breathing has started. The correct way is to belly-breathe.

Procedure: Sit with your back erect. Put your hand on the belly. Now take a deep breath. As you slowly inhale, your belly and hand should rise. As you exhale, your belly and hand should fall back down. Same process can be done in supine position.


Benefits of deep-belly breathing:

  1. The more we eat, the deeper we should breathe. When we take in enough vitamin “O” (Oxygen), Fat is broken down and intestines absorbs all the nutrition from the food we eat.
  2. While eating, when we breathe correctly, our stomach fills up much quicker and we end up eating less than we normally would. So practice belly breathing, offer thanks and gratitude for the meal before eating. Start and end the meal with three deep breaths. Make sure we should exhale slow and long. Between every bite, take one deep breath.
  3. Deep breathing lowers our stress induced cortisol hormone and blood pressure.
  4. When oxygen hits the cells, while deep breathing even inflammation and pain may reduce.
  5. Deep breathing also helps in hair strengthening and glowing skin. Because more oxygen we inhale, more oxygen circulate throughout the body, reaches to the cells and detoxify the body.
  6. Deep breathing trains the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), it is known as “rest and digest” system, as it is responsible for digestion and sound sleep.
  7. Deep breathing stimulate the vagus nerve, this nerve runs from the brainstem through the neck to chest and abdomen. Vagus nerve is responsible for digestion, regular heart rate, normal breathing, cardiovascular activity, coughing, sneezing, swallowing and vomiting. Vagus nerve is termed as gut-brain axis, directly linked to obesity and depression. Stimulation of vagus nerve helps to maintain weight, boost metabolism and reduce depression.
  8. Deep breathing stimulates the vagus nerve and decreases sleep deprivation.
  9. Deep breathing stimulates the lymphatic system.
  10. When we are stressed and anxious, we tend to take short and shallow breaths, thus taking in less oxygen. Our cells requires this life force (oxygen) to conduct all the chemical reaction and hormonal harmony.

Thus enough oxygen intake could be the answer of all the problems. So, make sure you begin and end the day with deep breathing.

I hope that this article has explained to you the “Importance of Deep Breathing” and you find it informative and useful.

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Dr.Hetal Patel


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