Sure, we have all heard that breathing, taking deep breaths, helps you manage your anxiety, but did you know that when we have shallowed breathing and hyperventilation it can lead to furthering anxiety? When it comes to our breath, I think the majority of people only think about their lungs and possibly their heart, but there are greater implications to our breath. Our body is a complex system that works to keep a balance, but when it is out of balance, we experience a host of issues.
Let"s start with our breath
Deep breathing is important for many reasons. The one I talk about most with my clients is for the more short-term interventions. When we intentionally take slow, focused, deep breaths we slow down our heart rate which send signals to my brain that I am okay. The heart sends more information to my brain than my brain does to my heart. So, if I can control the rate of my heart beating, I can control how my mind is interpreting that change.
If my heart rate is quick my brain can interpret this as a sign of danger, even if there is no identifiable reason. Often people with anxiety tend to have shallow and quick breaths which leads to an increase heart rate. But, lets go deeper and look at more of the biological implications of shallow breath and even hyperventilating.
Hyperventilation is a condition in which you start to breathe fast. When we are breathing in a healthy way, we create a healthy balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide. This balance is upset when we exhale more than we inhale, reducing the carbon dioxide in the body.
Shallow breathing changes blood gases and reinforces alkalosis. Alkalosis happens when our body has too many bases in your blood. Normally your blood should have a slightly higher amount of bases than acids. Alkalosis causes all sorts of symptoms such as panic attacks, pain, fatigue, feeling spaced out and dizzy and brain fog. When in alkalosis we experience an increase in lactic acid as potassium is lost and a loss of magnesium.
Our body is a complex system. How that system works together is vital to our wellbeing. Anxiety is often affected magnesium deficiencies.Quoted From: https://mindfulwellnesswa.com/the-link-between-breathing-and-magnesium-and-why-it-matters-for-our-anxiety/
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