We were living in an era when, getting hit by a breathing ailment was not that big a deal, especially in big cities. Urbanization is the prevalent cause of growing air pollution as it is home to factories and industries that release harmful gases. Automobile and home appliances are also playing their parts in fueling the rate of increasing pollution. The toxic gases resulting from pollution enter our respiratory system and make it vulnerable to various lung diseases. Now with #Covid_19 hitting us hard, we have started asking on how to fight off this disease through breathing exercises?
To treat other common diseases, the doctor prescribes inhalers. However, inhalers only address the condition temporarily. But, if you want to treat the root cause of the problem, knowing the underlying cause is essential.
Nearly 80% of your respiration process depends on your diaphragm. When the diaphragm contracts, i.e., when you inhale, the air with oxygen and other gases enters the lungs. And when the diaphragm relaxes, i.e., when you exhale, waste air exits the lungs. The problem of people with respiration conditions is the improper functioning of the diaphragm due to which the waste air gets trapped inside the lungs. By incorporating certain breathing exercises, you can bring diaphragm to its normal working state and get rid of the respiratory diseases permanently.
If you have asthma with COPD, Pursed Lip Breathing and Belly Breathing are perfect for you.
How to do it?
For Pursed Lip Breathing, breathe in through your nose and with pursed lips breathe out at least twice as long through your mouth. This exercise keeps your airways open longer. As a result, more air flows in and out of your lungs, making you physically active.
For Belly Breathing, start breathing through your nose and fill your belly with air. Then through your mouth, breathe out two to three times and empty your lungs. Keep your shoulders and neck relaxed during the whole process.
Sinusitis, a widespread condition affecting the urban population, causes cavities within a bone connected to the nasal system and gives rise to pain, disturbed sleep, running nose, and headache. Cure for this intimidating condition is easy. You could treat sinus with Anulom Vilom Pranayam, Kapalbhati, and Bhramari Pranayam.
How to do it?
For Anulom Vilom Pranayam, sit comfortably. Close your right nostril and inhale with your left nostril. Then, close your left nostril and exhale with your right nostril. Do the opposite next. This four-step process makes one cycle, and you should repeat the cycle 25 times.
For Kapalabhati, Sit and start exhaling softly. Do not inhale and focus on exhaling. Use your stomach muscles during the process. This is one of the best breathing exercises.
For Bhramari Pranayam, sit with your eyes closed. Close your earlobes with your thumbs, bring the tip of your tongue to the upper palate, and inhale. Exhale making a nasal sound, like a humming bee with your mouth closed. Repeat the process fifteen times, twice a day.
Experts say, although these exercises look simple, they take some time to master. So, don’t give up if you are not able to do it for the first few times, give it some time, and you shall master it. This will increase your lung power and will help you fight #Corona in a better way.
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