Should I breathe through my nose?
We have all heard that mouth breathing is a bad thing, but seldom do people stop to think about the reasons as to why breathing through your nose is a good thing.
If you have ever wondered if you should be breathing through your nose or your month, then you have stumbled on the right article because that is exactly what we’ll cover for you below!
Benefits Of Nose Breathing
Here are 4 reasons as to why breathing through your nose is a good thing.
1. It filters the air
Our lungs dislike dry air intensely and our nasal cavities are set up in such a way that it adds moisture to the air that we breathe. This effect is lessened when you breathe through your mouth. SO in short, for point number 1, know that your lungs will likely benefit from nose breathing.
2. It keeps your mouth moist
One of the cons of breathing through your mouth is that it keeps drying out your mouth. This leads to it causing your salivary glands to work overtime. You’ll arguably slightly increase your chances of dehydration during extensive exercise as your salivary glands go to work more than they should, but it also just doesn’t feel great having a dry mouth!
3. It promotes the production of Nitric Oxide
This is by far the most heralded benefit from nasal breathing, as nitric oxide is a potent health booster in many ways: boosts focus, increases lung volume, slows resting heart rate and improves sense of wellbeing.
4. Better Control
Most definitely takes the cake for the top benefit of nose breathing, especially when exercising. Breathing in through the nose helps you to control your air intake. You can gulp air and intake large volumes quickly through your mouth, but making the effort to breath in through your nose means you can control that intake more effectively.
Whilst most of the changes mentioned here are subtle and can take a long time to see the benefits over the long term: All these benefits can benefit your health and ability to exercise at an optimal level over time. People underestimate the power of small steps – making the effort to breathe better, over time, is the way to go!
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