-Diaphragmatic Breathing vs. Shallow Breathing-

The human body requires certain things to sustain life, things that we do each day, and most days we do these things without even thinking much about them. These daily activities that support life and growth are proper nutrition through the food and drink we consume, sleep to support proper growth and restoration of the body, and we all require oxygen through the breath we take throughout each day.

According to NASA, our atmospheric air is composed of approximately 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.04% carbon dioxide and trace amounts of neon, helium, methane, krypton, and hydrogen, as well as water vapor.

The oxygen found in our air is a key component of all the chemical reactions that keep our bodies alive. For example, oxygen is required for our bodies to produce large amounts of cellular energy, called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), that fuel our cells, such as brain cells, to do their work. Without oxygen, the brain would suffer damage within just a few minutes.

We accomplish this life-sustaining breathe without thought (our rate of breathing is regulated by our autonomic nervous system), but when we are awake and active, we may alter the way in which we breathe, deeply or shallow, without even realizing it.

Does it matter how deeply we breathe throughout our busy days, let’s take a look…