The body then reacts by producing more blood cells which thickens the blood, slows the circulation; and forces the heart to strain and work harder to receive the oxygen it needs to keep the muscles vital and the organs running. Now connect to that all the other deficiencies and harm to the body caused by cigarettes, and we find a very unhealthy state of affairs. If you suffer from obesity, and have excess fat layers around the chest wall and abdomen, you will have a restricted lung volume, which naturally affects breathing. And the longer you have been a smoker, the more pressure your heart is under to work harder, and the more congestion you have in your lungs.
Double Noble Peace Prize winner Dr. Warburg, discovered that when cells lack the right amount of oxygen the glucose in them begins to ferment, creating susceptibility to yeast imbalances, parasites, bacteria, and microbes. He has proved that cancer is a disease created by suffocation of the cells. It is very important to understand that cancer cells prefer an environment with decreased oxygen.
The human body is not designed for the low level oxygen intake that many people are now subject to. Improving the situation - which is what cessation is all about, can increase energy, help the heart rate, aid cholesterol levels, galvanize cell metabolism, boost cell turnover, help with blood lipids, joint flexibility, high blood pressure, loss of bone minerals, improved muscle mass, and even fat loss. It can assist our immune system by deactivating viruses, bacteria, and other damaging toxins; and it can set us on the road to improved vitality, clarity of thought, better skin, great looks, and a positive mental frame of mind. Air is our life force and breathing is a two-way street of taking in life-giving oxygen (fuel) and expelling carbon dioxide (waste).
Breathing supplies our cells with oxygen and removes carbon dioxide and wastes. (Carbon dioxide is a product of cell oxidation). Oxygen is extracted from the air in the lungs and passed into the blood through the walls of the lungs’ minute air sacs (the alveoli). Tiny capillaries and blood vessels take away the waste products in the blood back to our heart and lungs where the air and wastes are exhaled and exchanged for fresh oxygen as we draw in the next breath.
If you have been taught to monitor your breathing power, and upgrade to a higher capacity of inhalation and exhalation, you will often lose the negativity and stress that were surrounding your thoughts, and you will think in a more positive light. Relaxed breathing is rhythmical and slow, and feels totally natural. The long smooth inhalations calm us and relieve anxiety; they even help to ease minor physical aches and tensions. This is because a signal is sent to the brain that we are breathing harmoniously, and the brain in response sends signals to our physical body that we are relaxed, and should remain that way.
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