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12 Amazing Health Benefits of Breathing Exercises!

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Written by Dr Prachi Garg
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Breathing exercises heal us in many ways. They have immense physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits. Breathing exercises help us tremendously in reducing stress and relax. They also improve the efficiency of our lungs.

The best thing about breathing exercises is that they are easy to learn and can be practised anywhere. They do not require any special pieces of equipment.

Benefits of Breathing Exercises Are:

  • Reduce Stress and Anxiety:

Breathing Exercises increase our oxygen intake and calm our mind. They are shown to be highly effective in reducing stress and anxiety. [1]

Also Read: 7 Relaxation Techniques That Help You Relax

  • Improve Quality of Sleep:

Breathing exercises relax our body and calm down our mind. They help us to get rid of stress and anxiety.  Breathing exercises thus help us in getting a good night sleep. [2]

Also Read: 6 Health Benefits of Sleep

  • Enhance Cognitive Functions:

Performing breathing exercises on a regular basis is associated with improved concentration and focus. They also enhance our memory and improve our decision-making abilities. [3]

  • Improve Cardiovascular Health:

Performing Breathing exercises regularly helps to maintain our blood pressure levels and helps patients with hypertension. This reduces the incidence of stroke and heart diseases.

Thus, breathing exercises are extremely beneficial for the health of our cardiovascular system. [4]

  • Good for our Lungs:

Breathing exercises improve the functioning of our lungs. [5] They have proved to be immensely beneficial for patients with chronic lung diseases like Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis, COPD etc. [6]

  • Detox our body:

Performing breathing exercises helps our body to get rid of toxic gases and carbon dioxide, thus detoxifying our body. [7]

  • Good for our Digestive System:

Performing breathing exercises regularly ensures smooth functioning our digestive system and helps to get rid of gastrointestinal issues like flatulence, constipation, bloating, indigestion etc. [8]

They also provide relief from symptoms of GERD ( Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease ). [9]

  • Give a Glow to our Skin:

Breathing exercises like pranayama increase the supply of oxygen,  which increases the blood thrush and improves the appearance of skin. It also detoxifies blood which results in younger and glowing skin.

  • Fight Sinusitis:

Breathing Exercises help in the treatment of chronic sinusitis. [10]

  • Help in Weight Loss:

Breathing Exercises activate our abdominal muscles.

Kapalbhati Pranayama helps to get rid of belly fat and tones the abdominal muscles. [11]

  • Improve Immunity:

Breathing Exercises improve the defence mechanism of our body, thus boosting immunity. [12]

  • Anti-ageing:

Breathing exercises help in slowing down the ageing process. [13]

They help to maintain body weight, prevent wrinkles and keep skin glowing, reduce stress, strengthen abdominal muscles, correct bad posture etc.

Also Read: 8 Types of Breathing Exercises Your Body Will Love

About the author

Dr Prachi Garg

A Gold Medallist Physiotherapist from the Maharashtra University
of Health Sciences (MUHS), and also a qualified Dietician who later
went on to establish the “Mera Health Genie Wellness, India” in 2009
with a vision to offer the best remedies possible through the medium
of alternative medicines.
Effectively used Physiotherapy, Diet and Nutrition, Yoga, and
Acupressure to help numerous people recover from an injury or
manage a long term problem, achieving fitness goals, managing
weight and well being.

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