Do breathing techniques matter? Isn’t it simply a matter of breathing in and out somehow? It’s actually a little more complicated than that. Breathing can have an extremely beneficial effect on us or create damage in our organs and tissues as well as create disease.
Breathing is major.
How Breathing Makes A Difference
Breathing matters because it affects how much oxygen is in the body.
Too little oxygen in the body can create all sorts of complications. Holistic Online cites a 1947 German study which showed that when the body was deprived of oxygen, healthy cells became cancerous. Oxygen insufficiency can cause many illnesses in particular heart disease, circulatory problems, and stroke.
Many people do not realize that oxygen plays several roles in our bodies.
Betty Hart discusses the changes that take place in the body when oxygen is inadequate in her excellent article. She demonstrates the powerful and comprehensive role that oxygen plays in the healthy functioning of our bodies:
- oxygen plays a rejuvenating and regenerative function in our cells.
- oxygen is also needed to help remove wastes in the body. With inadequate oxygen, toxins can build up in the body; we are, in effect, smothering our cells with toxins.
- inadequate oxygen is often considered a cause or a leading factor in metabolic disorders. Diabetes, obesity, and hypertension are considered metabolically based conditions.
Oxygen And Stress
Stress affects oxygen in the body.
Under stress, the body will
- mobilize oxygen and whatever else it needs to the cells,
- call up emergency supplies (nutritional stores) to support handling the physical emergency
- shut down digestive processes because they are not critical when the human system is under threat
- breathe in a shallow manner which reduces the amount of oxygen coming into the body.
So we are using more and taking less in, which results in oxygen depletion. We are also interrupting many bodily functions including digestion. So stress is disruptive to the body on many levels. If the stress is constant, an individual can easily become sick.
Oxygen, Breathing, and HSPs
So how does this relate to highly sensitive people?
Since HSPs are very susceptible to stress, and because their sensitivities can result in chronic stress, they are vulnerable to oxygen depletion and its effects. As a result, HSPs can not only suffer from cell depletion since they are not receiving the regenerative effects of oxygen but also a buildup of toxins in the body because oxygen is not available to remove toxins.
Highly sensitive people have a higher need than average to develop strategies to minimize toxicity and maximize health-giving oxygen and nutrients in their bodies. Strategies that reduce stress, deep breathing techniques that increase oxygen in the body and good health habits can turn around a potentially deadly situation of chronic stress for HSPs.