Breathing Problems

Written by James Lyons
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There are hundreds of different ailments that can cause breathing problems. Acute allergies, angina, anemia, and asthma are just a few of the ailments that start with the letter "A" that can cause breathing problems. Breathing problems have a blast with the rest of the alphabet.

In our culture, kids are taught from a very young age to breathe improperly. Have you ever watched an infant sleep? An infant lies on her back and breathes the way nature intended her to breathe. Her belly will rise with each breath and her chest will remain, for the most part, in place. This is natural, healthy breathing. An infant's body needs each breath for detoxification and general development purposes.

Babies Know How to Breathe

Adults need breath for the same reasons. However, in our media-driven culture, it has become popular to have a flat stomach and a big chest. Gyms promote the "V-shape" of the body with wide shoulders and a tiny waist. People walk around sucking in their stomachs and wearing belts that traverse their belly-buttons. The clothes people wear inhibit their breathing, forcing them to take shallow breaths driven by their chest muscles.

When you were a child, did your mother, father, aunt, uncle, or grandmother ever tell you to suck in your stomach? That's the way that generation of Americans was raised and they passed that bit of detrimental behavior on to us. Whatever you do, don't suck in your stomach. Let it sit in its natural state. This will encourage proper breathing and it will give the organs resting behind your stomach the space they need.

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