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The importance of breathing for health and longevity

Doctor Jan Pokrywka, March 2015


Hyperventilation (too fast and deep breathing) is a respiratory disorder that causes hypocapnia in the present Earth's atmosphere. The eternal teaching of yoga masters called for a definite slowdown of the exhalation. Similarly, theoretical concept of professor Buteyka states that the main cause of many diseases is hypocapnia.

Hypocapnia is too low in the body's carbon dioxide. Such a disorder of breathing, Professor Buteyko called the Disease of Deep Breathing. Incorrect breathing leads to excessive lung ventilation, which has many negative consequences. Chronic systemic metabolic disorders, reduced immunity, allergies and degeneration are just some of them.

Non-physiological respiratory mixture

Professor Konstantin Buteyko

The essence of the therapeutic concept of Konstantin Buteyko - just like in my concept of achieving true longevity - is the assumption that the atmosphere which humanity has breathed for millennia is a very non-physiological breathing mixture. For life it is a destructive atmosphere - and therefore deadly in the long run.

As in the assumptions of the Four Pillars of Longevity, Professor Buteyko rejects the paradigm that the atmosphere we breathe is optimal. Using his simple devices, he modifies it greatly to significantly increase the carbon dioxide content. Undoubtedly, this is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, these devices can not simultaneously increase the oxygen content.

The importance of breathing for health and longevity

We already know that food has a significant impact on health, and thus on life expectancy. A man without food can survive for more than two months, without water for a few days, without breathing just a few minutes. So if food has a significant impact on health and life, the importance of breathing is definitely greater. We only take food a few times a day, and air about 12,000 times a day. This is several hundred times more often. Therefore, the impact of breathing should be classified as more important than food.

CO2 concentration gradient

Professor Buteyko does not directly question the paradigm of 'natural conditions present for centuries as optimal for life'. However, his investigations prove it beyond any doubt. According to Buteyka, a man must breathe deeply because he lacks oxygen in the cells of the body. This deep breathing also causes excessive CO2 excretion. As carbon dioxide is between 10 and 20 times too low in the Earth's atmosphere, it escapes too quickly from the lungs. It is a purely physical process. The larger the CO2 concentration gradient, the more rapidly the concentration equalization process takes place. According to Buteyka, this current gradient is far too big, so it modifies it with its devices.

Dictionary of the notions of the Academy of Longevity

Hypercapnia - increased content of carbon dioxide in the blood. Hypocapnia - reduced content of carbon dioxide in the blood. Hyperventilation - a state of increased amount of air penetrating into the alveoli due to accelerated or deep breathing. The occurrence of excessive carbon dioxide release causes hypoconnia. Gradient - (from Latin gradiens - progressive, rolling, gradus - degree) - the size of the index change per unit of distance. Paradigm (from Greek: parádeigma - example, pattern) - pattern Buteyko method - a method of treatment of many diseases, based on breathing exercises, created by Dr. Konstantin Buteyko in Russia in the 1960s. The purpose of these exercises is to change inappropriate breathing habits that involve too rapid or too deep breathing. By reducing the frequency and depth of the breath you can get a reduction in lung ventilation, avoiding hyperventilation. After testing on patients and confirming the effectiveness of the Ministry of Health of Russia in 1985 approved the method of Konstantin Buteyko as the official method of treatment of asthma

"I found the cause of all the troubles, disasters, falls of civilization. One of the reasons is a deep breath. But no one understands, does not hear, does not see ... " prof. Konstantin Buteyko

The role of carbon dioxide in the acid-base balance Oxygen deficiency causes malnutrition of cells

The oxygen deficiency in the body is compensated by increased production of hemoglobin and erythrocytes. However, it does so to thicken the blood and increase its viscosity and tendency to clots. Inadequate blood and blood vessels impede the supply of nutrients to tissues, as well as the discharge of cellular metabolites. In a word, our system has a strong "uphill" existence in the air that has surrounded us for centuries.

The common cause of the formation of a certain group of diseases

Professor Buteyko noted that in developed countries the number of people suffering from bronchial asthma is increasing. He also stated that the pharmacological treatment of asthma does not bring the expected results, on the contrary - it worsens its course. There are similar symptoms for diseases such as asthma, rhinitis, allergies and hypertension: increased muscle tone of the blood vessels and bronchi, atherosclerotic lesions in the vessel walls, edema of the respiratory tract mucous membrane, inflammatory conditions with an allergic basis. The common cause of the above-mentioned and many other diseases is too deep breathing, leading to tissue hypoxia.

What leads the correction of the breath to?