This weekend we’re going to explore an aspect of fitness you might not have considered before: breathing.
It may not sound like much of a challenge, but breathing correctly is actually crucial for your bone health and even your posture.
The Alkalizing Rib Cage Expander will show you how to breathe for maximum benefit to build your bones, detoxify your body, and more. And the best part is that you can do it anywhere, anytime.
What happens when you breathe?
First, your diaphragm muscle contracts, which causes it to move downward and make space for your lungs to expand. They do this with the help of the intercostal muscles between the ribs, which contract to pull your rib cage up and out.
The air you breathe travels into your lungs where it reaches the alveoli (tiny air sacs) at the end of your bronchial tubes. The alveoli have very thin walls, and oxygen passes through them into the surrounding capillaries and into the bloodstream.
Carbon dioxide passes through the alveoli walls, too, and simultaneously moves from the capillaries into the alveoli so you can breathe it out.
That’s the simplified version! It’s really quite a remarkable, detailed process that you perform thousands of times a day…although what I described above is the process involved in deep breathing, which is what we are going to focus on today.
Deep Breathing Alkalizes The Body
Drinking pure water and eating alkalizing foods are vital components of maintaining a slightly alkaline body pH. But here’s a crucial yet little-known fact: for toxins to be removed from the body, they must be combined with oxygen.
In a low-oxygen environment, excess carbon dioxide and lactic acid accumulate, forcing the body to tap into its various reserves and processes to neutralize the acid. For example, amino acids, lymph, and saliva kick in to dilute the acid, as do calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium electrolytes. Your kidneys go into overdrive to filter out the toxic acid, and your blood plasma loads with bicarbonate in an attempt to neutralize it.
If the body still does not get the water and oxygen it needs to remove the toxins, the bones are then robbed of their reserves of calcium, magnesium, and other minerals.
Yet deep breathing can stop this cycle of toxic acid accumulation and the subsequent loss of minerals.
Most People Do Not Breathe Deeply
Deep breathing involves expansion of the entire rib cage, so enough oxygen can enter the lungs. In contrast to abdominal breathing, which is what you do when you sleep or are in a relaxed state, deep breathing is appropriate any time you are alert and active.
The majority of people breathe abdominally almost all the time. And when deep breathing is attempted, most people will use only their chest.
Expanding The Rib Cage Is The Vital Component To Deep Breathing
Your rib cage wraps around your torso, and we rarely consider the back and sides of the rib cage when it comes to breathing. For your lungs to be truly full of life-giving, alkalizing air, the entire rib cage must expand.
If you’ve had poor posture or kyphosis (Dowager’s Hump) for some time, then the muscles in and around your rib cage have likely shortened and lost elasticity.
The Alkalizing Rib Cage Expander will restore the flexibility and strength of these muscles, facilitating chest expansion and good oxygenation.
- Sit down on a chair or bench with your feet flat on the floor.
- Put your hands on your sides just above the “floating ribs,” which are at the very bottom of the rib cage and do not attach to the sternum.
- Relax your back. Ironically, it’s good to allow your back to round out a bit and your shoulders to tip forward slightly, because this keeps you from “chest breathing.”
- Draw a deep breath and feel your ribs expand under your hands. Keep your chest relaxed.
- Hold the breath while you pull your abdominal muscles in, pushing the diaphragm up and putting pressure on the full lungs. You should feel your ribs expanding outward.
- Hold the breath and this position for as long as is comfortable for you.
- Exhale, feeling your ribs fall inward.
- Repeat 2 to 4 times – whatever is comfortable for you. You can do this breathing exercise several times a day.
If you’d like to try the more advanced version of The Alkalizing Rib Cage Expander, here is how to do it:
- Follow steps 1 through 4 above.
- When you draw a deep breath, raise your shoulders up while you do so. Take in as much air as you can, and raise your shoulders as high as you can (your hands stay on your sides).
- Do not draw in your abdominal muscles; simply hold the breath for a few seconds, and then lower your shoulders as you exhale.
As you practice this exercise regularly, your normal, everyday breathing will improve greatly, and your body will be more alkaline. You’ll also be getting rid of bone-damaging toxins.
Breathing Correctly Is One Of 6 Powerful Steps To Get Rid Of Bone-Destroying Toxins
The accumulation of toxins is a serious threat to bone health and overall health, plus it can age your bones before their time. That’s why I created the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse: The 7 Day Bone Building Accelerator.
It consists of 6 steps, and Step 4 is “Cleanse With Proper Breathing”, one of the simplest yet most often overlooked of all the cleansing techniques.
In addition to the best breathing techniques for detoxification and alkalization of the body, the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse includes five other steps that take you through the seven days of cleansing.
From “Cleanse With Water” to “Cleanse With Supplements,” the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse will guide you through the process of cleansing your entire system, so you’ll build your bones more efficiently and you’ll see results sooner.
You’ll also discover how to cleanse by avoiding, by eating one raw meal a day, and by eating specific nutrient-rich bone-friendly fruits and vegetables.
Each step is presented in an easy-to-follow format that includes a thorough explanation of the science behind it.You also get over 40 delicious detoxifying recipes plus a handy time-saving shopping list you can take to the store.
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Have a great weekend!
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Isn’t this the same as diaphragmatic breathing done in yoga, except the holding the breath part?
Another suggestion. I have taught lateral rib expansion exercises for 40 years. It seems most people have success by following the ribs in with slight pressure as they exhale. Then try to push the hands away with inhalation. It gives the brain and body an idea of the direction to move the ribs. Most people I work with don’t use the “bucket handle” motion of the ribs naturally and the ribs need a bit of coaxing at first.
going from your nr.1 suggestion to nr. 4
tip 1 . why not in supine position ?
tip 2. extend thumbs and index fingers to form a nice fitting grip around the lower ribs
tip 3 . round shoulders ? get them out of their 24/7 protracted position at all times !
to put people in a less healthy position to prevent them from getting into another bad position in my opinion is a rather questionable teaching point of view
tip 4 . supine again ; to prevent your followers from looking down to watch their chest going up ( bent foreward position ) it’s more effective to put one hand on the chest area after they felt the lateral ( and posterior ) extension ( 36o degr.) of the ribcage.
tip 7. stead of “ribs falling inward” teach people to actively pull the ribs downward towards their spine, by teaching them to brace, which creates better spine stability and core awareness.
Your advanced version i would never recommend this way , because it takes a close coaching situation to get people through more advanced breathing techniques.
And why would you advise this so called ‘advanced version’ anyway ?
Let’s try to teach people to breathe properly first. To achieve that, long term, in combination with the use of a good posture is already a big achievement anyway.
My advice to all those coaches and trainers out there( for what it’s worth it ) ; be more carefull with your ,well ment, advices on this very ‘trendy’ topic .
poor or broken , inefficient breathing patterns and protracted standing and or sitting positions ( UCPS and LCPS ) is very quickly becoming one of the biggest healthcare related costs nowadays, so let’s be very careful and respectful with our well ment comments
it is a very good info! thanks!
Thanks for all your excellent advise.
Good Afternoon Vivian And Fellow Commenters,
I Tried The Breathing Both Ways, As Best I Could. Actually I Liked The Second Way Better! Thank You Very Much For Sharing This Breathing Exercise With Us.
Until Next Time – Take Good Care Of Yourselves, And Stay Well!
LOVE, LESLIE (MS. L. CARMEL)
Hi Vivian – this is excellent advise. Thanks for saving our bones. Greetings
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