The underestimated nose
Which body parts gets your daily attention? Your belly, your heart, your hands? How often did you pay attention to how your nose is doing? The nose is one of the most underestimated body parts, and one of the most important ones when it comes to our everyday health. Do you know the cool functions of the nose?
Heats and humidifies the air
This we learned at school right? When inhaling through the nose the air gets prepared for the lungs. When the lungs get the air served warm and humid the gas exchange works better. When we exhale through the nose the nostrils gets reheated and moisturised, ready for the next inhalation. If we exhale through the mouth we loose 42% more water than exhaling through the nose.
Filters the air from bacteria, viruses and particles
If we always breath through our mouth we would get 10,000 to 15.000 litres of unfiltered air in our lungs each day. Our immune system needs to work hard to take care of all intruders. Our nose is the first defence system against sicknesses, chemicals and other irritating particles.
Gets the air deeper into our lungs
When the air passes through the nose it slows down and becomes more streamlined. This makes it easier for the air to reach deep into the lungs than when we breathe through the mouth.
Dilates the airways and the blood vessels
There’s a certain gas being produced in our sinuses called nitric oxide (NO). It has a dilating effect on the smooth muscles, the airways and the blood vessels. This not only makes it easier to breathe but also allows oxygen to be transferred to the blood more easily. The air only get spiked with this gas when we inhale through the nose.
An organ taking up so much space in our heads must be meant for more than only smelling flowers. Using the nose how it was meant to be used (for every breath) helps us to get healthy and stay healthy.
Nose Breathing increases:
- inner calmth
- overall energy level
Improve your daily breathing habits:
- Become aware of how you breathe in your daily life
- Begin the 28 day program for Better Breathing
- Always breathe through your nose, also during physical activity
- Use the Sleep Tape at night to make sure you keep your mouth closed
- Train your breath by using the Relaxator
- Read The Power of Your Breath by Anders Olsson
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