Let’s talk about the two things we all need to be healthy and alive:
- Air (you can live only minutes without air)
- Water (You can live 3-4 days without water)
NOTE: Food (you can live 30-40 days without food)
Do your 2021 health resolutions include breathing better?
Many people start the new year with New Year’s resolution relating to food and losing weight. Rarely do I hear anyone focusing on breathing or drinking more water … which, wen you look above, are arguably more important.
Let’s start with #1:
We can live for weeks without food and days without water, but we can only survive minutes without air. Very few people focus on the air that they breath or the way in which they breathe it.
In his book The Oxygen Advantage, Patrick McKeown explains:
“Wouldn’t it be fair to surmise that air, even more, important than food or water for human survival, must also meet basic requirements? He goes on to say: “The quantity of the air you breathe has the potential to transform everything you thought you knew about your body, your health, and your performance, whether you are a professional athlete or just trying to get off the couch.”
Chronic over-breathing and the “mouth breather”
In his book, Patrick explains that one of the biggest obstacles to your health and fitness is a rarely identified problem: chronic over-breathing. We can breathe two to three times more air than required without ever knowing it.
A quick breathing quiz in his book asks:
- Do you breathe through your mouth as you go through your day?
- Do you breathe through your mouth while you sleep?
- Do you snore?
- Do you have sleep apnea?
- When you breathe, does your chest rise and not your abdomen?
- Do you often sigh during the day?
- Can you hear your breath during rest?
Answering yes to some or all of these questions may suggest that you have a problem with over-breathing.
Health Hack #1 in 2021: Stop being a chronic over-breather
The benefits of controlling your breathing
- Reduce fatigue
- Reduce injury
- Weight loss
- Improve oxygenation of your heart
- Reduce asthma symptoms
- Reduces insomnia
- Improves concentration
- Improves digestion
- Increased energy
- Lowers blood pressure
To learn more details about how to use air and breathing to improve your health in 2021, go to these two links:
Water is second to only the air when it comes to your health and survival. And like air, very few people understand or focus on how water can dramatically improve their health.
So let’s take a quick look at water and your health.
The 3 most asked questions about water:
- How much water should I drink each day?
- What kind of water?
- Do all fluids I drink count towards my daily intake?
How much water should I drink every day?
This question is by far the number one question people ask about water. And quite frankly, if you look on Google, you can find whatever answer you are looking for. You will hear things like, “only drink when you are thirsty, drink 8 glasses a day, and everything you drink counts towards your daily total.”
70-80% of people are chronically dehydrated
But most people believe they are drinking enough fluids.
People drink large amounts of coffee, soft drinks, tea, fruit juices, and sports drinks, But truth be told, every one of these is much less effective in hydrating your body than plain pure water. The food we eat is highly processed and addding dehydrating liquids like soda and alcohol compound the negative effects of this processing.
People who are dehydrated for a long time can actually lose the sensation of thirst. And that is why for many people, the statement, “drink when you are thirsty” can be dangerous.
What can you do?
Health hack #2: Drink ½ your body weight in plain water daily
The benefits of getting adequate water daily:
- Lubricates the joints
- Helps the skin
- Regulates body temperature
- Cushions the brain
- It helps maintain blood pressure
- Allow minerals and nutrient to be absorbed
- Prevents kidney damage
- Digestion depends on it
- It delivers oxygen throughout the body
- Weight loss
To learn more about how to change our health with water, check out these two links: