How to improve asthma by learning to breathe with your nose

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Arianna Arienzo

Entrepreneur in digital health and digital technologies

Think about the way you breathe. Do you respire through your mouth or nose? If you are already aware that you breathe with your mouth, this article can help you improve your respiration. 

For good breathing, it is always best to inhale and exhale through the nose: nasal respiration helps us control our breathing rate and also prevents asthma attacks. 

If you especially suffer from problems with the inhale and exhale system like people with asthma, it is good to try to get into the habit of breathing primarily through your nose. However, getting into this habit can be difficult at first: you have to practice if you are not used to it. But if done regularly, respiration exercises and relaxation techniques can help you change your respiration.  

 What happens with nasal congestion?

There are many breathing problems that can adversely affect good nasal respiration. Conditions such as hay fever, sinusitis, nasal polyps, and sleep apnea, for example, can lead to nasal congestion and breathing through the mouth. 

 But what are the effective treatments available in many of these cases? 

For the best advice on treatments in these cases, it is always advisable to consult a doctor. This can include medical treatments supplemented by exercises and breathing techniques that help with good respiration. 

Depending on the problem that is preventing good nasal breathing, you may be referred to an allergist or to an ENT specialist.

If your doctor’s opinion did not satisfy you, you may consider seeking a second opinion. The important thing is that you do not give up on achieving good respiration to improve your health and well-being. 

 But why does nasal respiration improve asthma symptoms? 

 There are several reasons why breathing through the nose improves symptoms of anxiety:

 – The nose filters the air before it reaches the lungs. This prevents dust, allergens, viruses, and bacteria from reaching the lungs. These external factors are often the cause of asthma attacks, due to various factors such as allergies

– The nose warms and moistens the air. Cold, dry air can irritate the airways; breathing through the nose facilitates the work of the lungs by improving respiration.

– The nose can suck in less air at a time than the mouth; therefore, nasal breathing helps us control our respiration, helping us to respire less and at a slower pace and feel more relaxed.

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