Breath and Digestion

Many of us don’t consider the connection our bodies have with healthy digestion and our breath.

Breathing deep and controlled breaths helps to deliver necessary oxygen to our system to aid in digesting our food. It also helps to remove toxins and waste products that can otherwise inhibit digestion.

On the other hand, when we breathe more shallow breaths, our system increases our heart rate and blood pressure. During this fight or flight stress response we limit our body’s delivery of oxygen to our digestive tract.

Try taking a few moments before and after you sit down to eat. Fill your lungs as much as you possibly can, and release the air slowly. Do this by closing off your nasal passage and pursing your lips so that you effectively control and limit the speed which the air escapes your mouth.