**Episode # 15 General Health Questions **
Hi, this is Michael Lingard, your Buteyko Educator, welcoming you to the final episode of Better Breathing Means Better Health and offering you my congratulations on completing this course. You now have the understanding and tools to continue improving your breathing and health in the future.
Just to remind you of the powerful impact on your health that improved breathing will have, you can download leaflets on the subjects covered below:
If you don’t have access while listening to this podcast, go to my website HERE where you will be able to download them there.
Circulation & Heart Disease (Download a pdf leaflet HERE)
Lowered CO2 because of hyperventilation constricts the arteries throughout the body, lowered CO2 impairs the release of oxygen from your blood and mouth breathing rather than nose breathing reduces the production of nitric oxide.
The effect of the above is to put more physical stress on the heart that now needs to pump more blood around the body to deliver the same amount of oxygen, with narrowed arteries due to smooth muscle spasm and lower nitric oxide levels this means the blood pressure has to be higher leading to further stress on the heart.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME (Download a pdf leaflet HERE)
With chronic over-breathing the oxygenation of all the tissue in the body is depleted, this will impair the muscle functioning strength and also reduce the oxygen getting to the brain. The latter effect is made worse by the fact that the body protects the vital areas of the brain by shunting more blood to these centres leaving even less oxygen for higher centres of the brain. Resulting in mental as well as physical tiredness.
COPD & Emphysema (Download a pdf leaflet HERE)
Both these conditions are associated with loss of healthy functioning lung tissue that causes severe breathlessness and restricted physical activity. Invariably patients will be over-breathing in an attempt to combat the sensation of breathlessness but as we now understand this will worsen the oxygenation of the body. By improving their breathing, eliminating hyperventilation, what healthy lung tissue remaining will deliver more effective oxygenation of the body.
Gut & Bladder Problems and IBS (Download a pdf leaflet HERE)
We have all experienced how stress can upset our gut, hence when we improve our breathing and reduce the ill effects of stress it benefits our gut. As you know, over-breathing with loss of carbon dioxide, causes spasm of all smooth muscle in the body and that includes the muscle around your stomach, intestines and other hollow organs. Improve breathing is always beneficial to all gut and bladder problems. Watch this short video of a recent client's response to the breath training HERE
Stress Anxiety & Panic Attacks (Download a pdf leaflet HERE)
As you now realize, stress leads to over-breathing, repeated stressors lead to chronic hyperventilation, what every person suffering anxiety will have. As explained before this impairs oxygenation of the body and in particular the brain suffers from this lowered oxygen supply. If the control pause falls into the lower teens this can trigger a panic attack that is usually accompanied by increased panting or gasping that further worsens the situation. Improved breathing protects against this.
Asthma, Sinusitis, Hay Fever & Rhinitis (Download a pdf leaflet HERE)
If the Buteyko Method is renown for its dramatic health benefits and been proven with many clinical trials , it is with the support and management of asthma. If you are particularly interested in this condition I would strongly recommend you watch a YouTube video production by the BBC that covers a small trial conducted under the supervision of a leading respiratory specialist in Edinburgh HERE. and the first hand story of a recent asthma client HERE
Sports Performance & Breath Training (Download a pdf leaflet HERE)
It is not rocket science to suggest that any improved oxygenation to your body will improve your sports performance and general fitness. Many leading world athletes and sports people have used the Buteyko Method to give themselves that critical small percentage improvement that is the difference between winning or losing. Their general health has also improved as a side-effect!
Insomnia, Snoring and Sleep Apnoea (Download a pdf leaflet HERE)
Over-breathing usually is worse at night when asleep, largely because you are not using much muscle activity, hence lower carbon dioxide production but still over-breathing as during your waking hours, so carbon dioxide levels fall dangerously low. This can lead to sleep disturbances, nightmares with children or if more severe sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea is a serious problem that can predispose to heart problems. However, the repeated cessation of breathing associated with sleep apnoea is the body’s protection against the severe loss of carbon dioxide. The solution is to improve your breathing 24/7.
Eczema, Allergies and Itchy Skin (Download a pdf leaflet HERE)
The skin is the largest organ in our body, it requires a good blood supply for normal health and is susceptible to allergens that come in contact or are taken in. Chronic hyperventilation hits the skin two ways, it receives poor blood supply and histamine levels rise as stress pushes our breathing up. The combination paves the way for eczema, allergies and skin disorders. Food sensitivities may well be an important component but you now have the means of checking this as explained in episode seven.
Orthodontic, Dental Problems & Gum Disease (Download a pdf leaflet HERE)
This is perhaps the most difficult relationship to understand. How can dysfunctional breathing lead to major structural problems in our development of teeth and all the structures of our skull? There is strong evidence that children that habitually mouth breathe will develop orthodontic problems such as crowded teeth as well as poor facial features. If you want a detailed professional explanation of this I suggest you watch a video by Dr. John Flutter HERE.
If you have enjoyed this podcast why not check out my general health promoting podcast entitled “Your Health in Your Hands”? HERE
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