You have always thought that breathing deeper is better for you as you are getting more oxygen into your system?
Well it is not that easy!
The oxygen is carried around by haemoglobin in blood.
The amount of oxygen released into your system from blood depends on the amount of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in your blood and lungs.
By breathing too much and too deep you are getting rid of CO2 too quickly and the oxygen just get stuck to the haemoglobin and not released into your system.
Have you ever hyperventilated feeeling dizzy and lightheaded?
You thought it is due to a high level of oxygen in your system, right?
Well as you understand now it is more to the fact that you got rid of all of the CO2 while breathing too deep and too much and the oxygen just stopped being released into your system!
The idea of healthy breathing is based around breathing through your nose without breathing too much.
No gasps for air, no sighs only smooth and shallow breathing through your nose with your mouth shut!
Your aim is to mintain sufficient levels of CO2 in your system...
So, please close your mouth and try to breath through your nose shallow and slow.
With thanks to Professor Buteyko.
This book will tell you why breathing LESS is better for your health and why breathing MORE is harmful for you.
"Carbon Dioxide(CO2) is generated as an end product from the oxidising of the fats and carbohydrates you eat, The CO2 is carried by your veins to your kungs, where the xcess is exhaled. Breathing a correct volume results in the required amount of CO2 being retained in your lungs. The Human body requires a certain amount of it for normal functioning.
Carbon Dioxide is not just a waste gas. It is necessary for a number of vital bodily functions.
Oxygen is relatively insoluble in blood, so aproximately 98% of the gas is caried by haemoglobin molecules. The release of Oxygen from haemoglobin is dependent on the quantity of Carbon Dioxide in your alveoli/arterial blood. If the Carbon Dioxide is not at the required level of 5%, the Oxygen "sticks" to haemoglobin and so is not released to tissues and organs.
This bond was discovered in 1904 by Bohr and is known as the Bohr Effect. During normal conditions 75% of you intake of Oxygen is exhaled while breathing a healthy volume of 4-6 litres per minute. Even during exercise, it is estimated that 25% of our intake of Oxygen is exhaled. Breathing a volume greater than normal does not improve the amount of Oxygen in your blood, as it is already 97-98% saturated. Instead it lowers CO2 levels, firstly in your lungs, then in your blood, tissues and cells and this reduces the delivery of Oxygen from the haemoglobin within your red blood cells.
The greater the amount of air taken into your body, the less Oxygen is delivered.
To oxygenate tissues and organs, modern man needs to breath less, not more".