4. Viruses, Respiratory Tract Issues, Asthma
External issues affecting how you breathe severely impact how you continue to breathe and subsequently how you feel on an ongoing daily basis, so much so your quality of life reduces. This can happen to some suffering from asthma (6). More recently, the ravage of the coronavirus is seen to directly impact the lungs and respiratory tract, challenging respiration and potentially interfering with other organ systems of the body. The latest research reveals in some patients with mild symptoms a low blood oxygen but without trouble breathing. Clinicians have begun to refer to this as “Happy Hypoxia” (7). However, though initially “happy”, many doctors now recognize blood clotting as a major feature of COVID-19, typically preceded early on by reduced lung oxygenation, so the hypothesis goes, to a more serious inflammatory reaction which can cause a cascade of proteins to initiate blood to clot in the lungs. One of the most recent clinical-led scientific studies by a team in Ireland found that patients admitted with severe COVID-19 infection expressed abnormal blood clotting (8). The issue here is weakened lungs, increased inflammation in part due to the virus, a subsequent biochemical response on the protein level that triggers micro-clots in the lungs. At what point in the process could this vicious cycle be interrupted or avoided with an improved respiratory system and trained breathing? That is our focus and what he hope to offer to you in terms of breathwork and breathing exercises.
The follow-up article to this one will discuss some of ‘The Benefits of Breathing Exercises’, at least for your physical health. Though these challenges are right in front of us, directly in front of our noses in some cases, they do not represent a state of dismal reality. In fact, the opposite. Though air pollution is beyond our individual control as we strengthen our breathing function and improve blood circulation we can reduce the effect of these pesky air pollutants, clearing them out of our system. You can train yourself to stop mouth breathing. In so doing you will train yourself to breathe better and as a result handle stress and anxiety far better. In such a condition your autonomic nervous system is more robust and your immune system stronger which helps you keep viruses at bay, improve the condition of your respiratory tract and handle symptoms of asthma more effectively.