I have really good news for you today. Because there’s something you do every moment of every day – something so simple you’re not even thinking about it – that plays a vital role in your body’s pH-balancing process.
And chances are, your doctor will not connect it to osteoporosis. After all, we’ve seen that doctors are woefully ignorant of the role nutrition plays in bone health; they’re not likely to consider this easy-to-do yet very important bone health factor either.
When it comes to pH-balanced food combinations as described in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, Savers are well aware of the powerful role food plays in bone health and in maintaining your body’s pH.
But what I’m going to reveal to you today is not about food. It has to do with the alkalizing power of deep breathing and the important role your posture plays to breathe properly. And I’m also happy to share with you a simple stretching exercise that can help you breathe better.
Breathing, and How it Alkalizes Your Blood pH
Along with food combining, proper breathing is of great importance to your bone health. By proper breathing I mean deep, cleansing breaths that are not too shallow or too fast.
It’s a medical fact that extremely rapid, hyperventilation-type breathing can actually cause excessive alkalization of the blood. But the opposite is also true – too shallow breathing causes acid to build up in your body, and here’s why.
When you breathe in a shallow manner, or subconsciously hold your breath and fail to breathe deeply and thoroughly, you not only fail to take in enough oxygen; you also do not exhale completely. That means carbon dioxide (CO2) accumulates in your blood. High CO2 levels decrease pH, leading to acidification of the blood.
In addition, proper breathing improves circulation and digestion, relieves stress, and helps cleanse your body of toxins. There’s more detailed explanation on this important topic and other environmental acidifying factors that are easy to avoid in Chapter 12 of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.
You Might be a Shallow Breather Without Even Realizing!
If you are a shallow breather, you’re just filling the top half of your lungs with air. Your abdomen does not expand much at all; only your chest rises and falls. There’s an easy test you can do to find out if you are breathing properly.
To take truly healthy, cleansing breaths, you need to fill your lungs top to bottom and empty them completely.
Being conscious of how you breathe can be a bit cumbersome at first, but after a while, it will become automatic for you. The first step is to make sure you maintain a…
Good Posture for Healthy Breathing
When you are hunched forward, your lungs and diaphragm do not have room to expand. Your abdominal muscles and ribs are “crunched” while your back muscles are elongated, preventing deep breaths. And if you force yourself to sit upright to catch a few breaths, the muscles are compensated and you’ll find you can’t hold that upright position very long. At first, it seems to make breathing more difficult.
Here’s the secret:
Develop Your Posture Through Exercise, and Your Proper Breathing Will Naturally Follow
If you have the Densercise™ eBook System, you know that it’s the only exercise program specifically designed to increase bone density. But you may not be aware of its role in correcting and maintaining good posture. Because each Densercise™ move has been designed to build your bones and strengthen your muscles.
Toned upper body muscles are necessary to maintain a good posture that will make you feel better and give you a more youthful appearance.
The Anytime Anywhere Chest Stretch
Stretching and strengthening the muscles of the chest are excellent ways to facilitate good posture, as in the exercise described below. This exercise will also help you breathe better and more effectively, and the best part is that you can do it anytime, anywhere.
Here’s how to do it:
While sitting or standing up straight, gently pull your shoulder blades together. Your shoulders should not rise up while you do the stretch. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat throughout the day.
To make this stretch even more effective, try this:
- Place your hands behind your head (your hands will be overlapping).
- Your elbows will be pointing straight out on either side.
- Gently draw your elbows back until you feel a stretch in your chest and shoulders.
- Keep your elbows level; do not draw them or your shoulders upward.
- Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.
Here are some tips to remember as you do this exercise:
- Feeling tension is normal; pain is not. If it hurts, stop – you’ve gone too far.
- Be gentle with your stretch.
- The stretch should be one slow movement – don’t “bounce.”
- Don’t forget to breathe freely through the stretch.
Densercise™ is chock-full of moves that bring your shoulders, back, and neck into alignment by strengthening muscles in these key areas. And as you grow stronger, the action of the muscles on the bones will enhance bone strength and density.
Improved posture facilitates healthier, deeper breathing, which in turn enhances body alkalinity. It’s astounding how your body works together so beautifully when it’s given what it needs.
Till next time,