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Stop Mouth Breathing!

Professor A. C. Guyton MD writes in his medical book “The textbook of medical physiology”, that “all chronic pain, suffering and diseases are caused from a lack of oxygen at the cell level”.
Dr. Artour Rakhimov is a Russian doctor who has a whole website in many languages about the bad effects of mouth breathing and deep breathing.
Breathing through the mouth is a sign of hyperventilation. Mouth breathing causes spasm of smooth muscles in airways which is also known as bronchospasm. Mouth breathing increases the loss of CO2 from the lungs and airways. CO2 relaxes the smooth muscle in the body, which includes the blood vessels, large and small intestine and airways. When you breathe more air and thus lower CO2 levels, your bronchi become constricted. On the other hand, when you breathe easy and slowly, (not deeply) your airways are properly dilated.
When the airways are constricted, air transfer is reduced in the lungs.
Another problem with mouth breathing is that the air does not get disinfected when entering through the mouth. Nasal nitric oxide is necessary to kill potentially harmful microorganisms which can cause respiratory infections. We naturally produce nitric oxide in different parts of the body, one of them being the sinuses, from the amino acid arginine. (arginine is found mainly in foods such as meat, fish and nuts)
Another negative impact which mouth breathing has on the body is that it will diminish oxygen delivery to the cells. Over breathing causes low CO2 levels in the blood. As a result, the arteries constrict and less blood and oxygen are transported to vital organs. The end result is less oxygen in the cells. In may sound ironic, but breathing slower at rest gets more oxygen into body cells.
Mouth breathing may be out of your control. The truth is though, that mouth taping is a way to ensure that you breathe nasally during sleep time. Just take a bit of surgical tape and Vaseline. Place a dab of Vaseline on the lips so it doesn’t stick, then stick a small piece of tape in the middle of the mouth, vertically across the closed mouth.
Having ventilation and clean air will make it easier to nose breathe at night. Also, sleeping on your back will make it harder to breathe through the nose, so you would want to avoid that.
You can check out Dr, Rakhimov’s site, NormalBreathing.com
Good Luck with your breathing.


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