hanging how you breathe is vital to relieving nasal congestion, blockages, allergies and hay fever. It's not unusual to see symptoms improve in the first couple of weeks of changing your breath.
I had really bad allergies for over 40 years. When I began the process of changing my breathing, I noticed a marked improvement in my symptoms within days. Several weeks into the breath changing process I noticed how much easier it was to breathe through my nose all the time. Even at night, I wasn't woken by drainage down my throat or a dry mouth. A few months later was heavy hay fever season but it didn't bother me a bit. I remember riding my bicycle thinking how good I felt.
The Science of Breathing and Nasal Problems
We know with allergies that our nasal passages become clogged with mucus and we can't breathe through our nose. The nose runs and the eyes water. Polyps and swollen adenoids block our nose making it impossible to sneak any air in. The medical world suggests we manage allergies with antihistamines and decongestants and recommend surgery for adenoids and polyps. But the allergies keep coming back as may the polyps with time These methods help in the short term but seldom provide relief down the road.
The Essential Breath™ program for nasal problems was designed based on the science of breathing. This three step program directly targets the root cause of allergies, hay fever, rhinitis, sinusitis, swollen adenoids and polyps, which is how we breathe and its impact on the nose. Let's take a look at each step of the Essential Breath™ program and see how it works.
Step 1: Breathing Mechanics
Relieving nasal problems and their related symptoms starts with the nose where air comes into the body. Many breathe through their mouth as they can't seem to get enough air in through the nose.
Restoring nasal breathing is the first order of business and all we want at first is to get just a bit of air flowing through the nose. With time we increase the volume of air coming in. We have several techniques that help and it's not unusual to find a mouth breather breathing through their nose within a few hours of learning these techniques and breathing primarily through the nose in just a few weeks. More work is required to maintain nose breathing as the norm. This is addressed in Steps 2 and 3.
Step 2: Retain Vital Body Gases
We know that nasal problems usually involve mucus or swollen tissue blocking or constricting the nasal passages. Nasal sprays, decongestants and antihistamines are useful in breaking up the mucus and swelling but only provide temporary, maybe a few hours or a day, relief.
As it turns out, an important body gas, carbon dioxide (CO2), works the same way as a nasal spray, decongestant or antihistamine. When the right amount of CO2 is available in the nose, the mucus breaks up, the swollen tissue reduces in size and the nasal passage opens up.
Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why the breathing center of our brain, the medulla oblongata, becomes intolerant to CO2, forcing it out of the body when we exhale. Step 2 of the Essential Breath™ program is designed to reassure the medulla that higher levels of CO2 are OK and the CO2 should stay inside the body.
Step 3: Adjust Breathing Volume
For the long term management of nasal problems and symptoms, we must maintain high levels of CO2 in our nose all the time. If we are breathing large volumes of air, something most folks with nasal problems do, we are constantly blowing off large quantities of CO2, never giving the CO2 a chance to work it's magic.
In Step 3 of the Essential Breath™ program we work on the medulla, teaching it the correct volume of air to breathe while retaining more and more CO2. This adjustment period can last several weeks to several months depending on the severity of the nasal problem.
The 3 step process behind the Essential Breath™ program is designed to employ the science of breathing to address the root cause of nasal problems and retain CO2 in the nose. CO2 helps keep nasal passages wide open, breathing freely through the nose. Yes, how you breathe really matters, especially if you have nasal problems.