Each minute, even without applying any conscious breathing techniques, we breathe between 6 and 10 liters (1.5-2 gallons) of air – that’s 8600-11.400 liters (2200-2900 gallons) per day. This makes the air we breathe by far our most important contact with the external world and the fundamental way we energize and vitalize our bodies everyday and all day long.
Breathing is responsible for 70% of the cleansing and purification of our bodies (20% by perspiration, 8% by urine and 2% by excrement). In particular, it’s the oxygen in the air we breathe that burns away the toxins. After drawing in a deep breath, the air we consume moves into our lungs and then passes over millions of tiny membranes through which it enters our blood stream.
It’s been medically established for over 50 years that disease can’t exist in a properly oxygenated body:
“Deep breathing techniques which increase oxygen in the cells are the most important factors in living a disease free and energetic life…Remember, where cells get enough oxygen, cancer will not, cannot occur.” Doctor Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize Winner
“Oxygenation through deep breathing boosts the immune system and can rid the body of chronic illnesses.” Dr. Sheldon Hendler, Medical Researcher
“Deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the cleansing of the lymph system by creating a vacuum effect which pulls the lymph through the bloodstream. This increases the rate of toxic elimination by as much as 15 times the normal rate.”
Dr. J.W. Shields, M.D.
Here are some easy ways to get more oxygen everyday:
- Exercise more – especially low impact aerobic exercise. Rebounding on a mini trampoline is my choice; a 30-minute session has been shown to oxygenate the blood twice as effectively as running.
- Take long walks in mountain or sea air that is positively charged with negative ions – breathe deeply and enjoy!
- Regularly go to a yoga class – in one recent study students at UC Davis increased their lung capacity by 7% after practicing yoga just three times a week for 8 weeks! (This level of increase is unheard of among traditional athletic trainers)
- Eat more Green foods – leafy greens like spinach and grasses and wheat grass are up to 42% Oxygen. Green foods are high in chlorophyll that increases hemoglobin production and thus minimizes the effects of carbon monoxide. Wheat Grass has even been found to dissolve scars formed in the lungs from breathing acid gases.
- Use therapeutic-grade essential oils that enhance lung function: Pine, Fir, Thyme, Raven and R.C. (“Respiratory Condition” – from Young Living Oils) are my favorites. Place a drop on the palms, rub together and breathe deeply. Also rub oils over throat and lungs. Essential Oils are highly oxygenating and nourishing to the cells due to their ability to penetrate the skin and carry oxygen through the cell wall to the nucleus.
Note: Use only therapeutic-grade A essential oils
- Mentally program yourself to breathe deeply throughout the day – especially when you are around trees and plants. It’s easy and free!