There’s a “Right” and a “Wrong” Way to Breathe?

A Right and a Wrong Way to Breathe?

While it may seem you certainly know how to breathe, most of us actually breathe in such a way as to put our health in jeopardy.

In fact, the whole field of breathing and breath-work has enormous potential for improvement.  As breathing techniques are promoted in yoga, Pilates, and meditative methods, they all tend to focus on taking big, deep breaths-which is actually the opposite of what you should do.

Right Way to Breathe
Right Way to Breathe

According to Patrick McKeown in the Buteyko Breathing Method in his book, The Oxygen Advantage: The Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques for a Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter You, two of the most common problems are over breathing (hyperventilating) and mouth breathing, both of which have adverse health ramifications, and can have harmful consequences if done during exercise.

As Patrick wrote the habit of over breathing is set in place, it tends to become and remain chronic, and to recover you need to use some sort of relearning technique, such as the one devised by Russian doctor Konstantin Buteyko.  While in medical training he noticed that the sicker the patient got, the heavier they breathed.  Later, he also recorded he could lower his blood pressure simply by bringing his breathing toward normal, and in this same way he successfully “cured” his own hypertension. Read More

Is Your Bottled Water Really Pure?

Clean Pure Water

Bottled Water
Is Your Bottled Water Safe?

Although water is so important to our survival, much of it isn’t fit to drink.  According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), over 4 percent of US rivers and lakes are too polluted for swimming or fishing.  Pollution of our drinking water also appears to be reaching crisis level.

Antidepressants, antibiotics, fertility drugs and  angina medications, hair care and skin products, lawn chemicals, industrial waste, agricultural waste, nitrates, herbicides and pesticides ALL make it into our water supplies.

Therefore, bottled water is more and more popular.  American Water Works Association estimates consumers are paying an average cost of $7.50 per gallon for bottled water ALMOST 2,000 times the cost of an average gallon of tap water and twice the cost of a gallon of gas).  Water is the second most commonly purchased drink in America after sweetened carbonated sodas, with sales topping $15 billion in 2015. Read More