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The quality and quantity of oxygenation our bodies receive from the air we breathe determines our ability to be energetic and resistant to illness to a large extent, since oxygen is the key ingredient in cellular health.  In the upper respiratory tract, the function of the sinuses is key,  From a dental point of view, the proximity of the sinuses to the teeth can have an adverse impact if one or the other is sensitive or infected.

At this very moment as you breathe, you are taking in is transporting oxygen through the lungs, into the blood and distributing it throughout your system.  As you exhale, carbon dioxide is being expelled.  When we have poor posture or are under stress we breathe shallowly, from the chest.  The way to breathe most effectively is from the abdomen, pushing it out slightly during inhalation. This causes the diaphragm to be pulled down and allows the lungs to take in more air.

It takes several minutes for the carbon dioxide in our cells to be eliminated from our lungs through breathing.  Because of this some of it converts to carbonic acid, which stimulates the brain to increase our breath rate.  When we are under extreme stress or overexertion, however, the increase in acidity can overwhelm the medulla oblongata and our breath rate can actually go down, resulting in fatigue.   The most balanced way to keep our breathing apparatus toned and healthy is to do moderate, aerobic exercise and breathing practices.

Proper breathing is actually a skill that can be developed.  Singers, actors, public speakers and other performers learn about breath to enhance and project the voice.  Proper speech is dependent on quality of breath and, as musical fans saw in My Fair Lady, it can be the foundation of our self-image and the image we present  to others.