The Surprising Benefits of Nasal Breathing

15 Benefits of Nasal Breathing (and Why You Should Ditch Mouth Breathing)

We all know breathing is essential for life. But did you know that how you breathe can significantly impact your health and well-being? While grabbing a quick breath through your mouth might seem convenient, nasal breathing offers a treasure trove of hidden benefits that mouth breathing simply can’t compete with.
Nasal breathing can significantly improve your health and well-being. Let’s explore why your nose deserves the starring role in your breathing routine.

The Powerhouse of Your Face: Unveiling the Benefits of Nasal Breathing

  1. Natural Air Filter: Your nose acts as a natural air purifier. Lined with tiny hairs and mucus, it traps dust, pollen, and even some airborne bacteria before they can enter your lungs. This built-in filtration system protects you from developing allergies, respiratory infections, and irritation.
  2. Moisture Master: Dry, cold air can wreak havoc on your airways, causing irritation and coughs. The network of blood vessels within your nasal passages acts as a humidifier, adding moisture to the air you inhale. This keeps your airways lubricated, preventing dryness, discomfort and inflammation.
  3. Nitric Oxide Booster: Your nose produces a wonder molecule called nitric oxide. This gas expands the blood vessels throughout your body, improving circulation and blood flow. This translates to a range of benefits, including lower blood pressure, improved oxygen delivery to organs, and even enhanced cognitive function.
  4. Sleep Like a Baby: Struggling to get a restful night’s sleep? Nasal breathing might be the missing piece. By promoting deeper, more regular breaths, it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, your body’s natural relaxation response. This allows you to fall asleep faster and experience a deeper, more restorative sleep.
  5. Stress Less, Breathe Easy: Feeling overwhelmed? Nasal breathing can be your secret weapon against stress and anxiety. When you breathe through your nose, it stimulates the Vagus nerve, a major calming pathway in your nervous system. This helps to reduce stress hormones and promote feelings of relaxation.
  6. Immunity Ally: Research suggests a link between nasal breathing and a stronger immune system. Proper nasal airflow may help to activate immune cells in the nose and upper respiratory tract, making them more effective in fighting off pathogens.
  7. Sharpen Your Focus: Ever feel foggy-brained? Nasal breathing can help! The increased oxygen flow to the brain (remember that nitric oxide?) that occurs with nasal breathing can enhance cognitive function, memory, and concentration.
  8. Snoring Saviour: Do you or your partner battle with snoring at night? Nasal breathing can be a game-changer. Mouth breathing narrows the airways, causing vibrations and the tell-tale sound of snoring. Nasal breathing keeps the airways open, reducing snoring and ensuring a peaceful night’s sleep for everyone.
  9. Dental Health: nasal breathing helps to maintain pH in your saliva, aiding gum and dental health.
  10. Improved facial structure: Nasal breathing can support proper facial development, especially in children.
  11. Enhanced athletic performance: Increased oxygen intake during exercise can lead to better endurance and stamina.
  12. Reduced headaches: Chronic mouth breathing can contribute to tension headaches. Switching to nasal breathing can alleviate these headaches.
  13. Improved digestion: Proper breathing can promote better digestion and gut health.
  14. Improved Core Strength: Diaphragmatic breathing engages core muscles through its fascial connections, promoting better posture and spinal stability.
  15. Weight Management: Nasal breathing may support weight management by reducing stress hormones that can influence appetite.

Signs You Might Be a Mouth Breather:

If you experience any of the following, you might be a chronic mouth breather:

  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Frequent colds or allergies
  • Sleep apnea or snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating

Ready to Make the Switch? Unlock the Power of Your Nose with Functional Breathing Retraining

Functional breathing retraining can help you address any underlying breathing dysfunctions and optimize your nasal breathing patterns. Working with a certified breathing instructor can provide personalized guidance and techniques to help you breathe easier, live healthier, and unlock the full potential of your amazing nose!

Are you ready to transform your breathing?
Join the Breathworks programme today or book a free ‘chat with Nat’ to talk through your individual needs.

About Nat

Nat is a Soft Tissue and Movement Rehab Therapist, specialising in Functional Neurology, Pain & Movement Rehab, Nervous System Regulation and Women’s Health.
Nat uses a multi-disciplinary approach to provide a ‘whole-istic’ approach to helping you understand and move more easily in your body, emotionally and physically. She uses a combination of manual bodywork, neuromuscular repatterning, movement, nervous system regulation and energy work to help you move beyond pain and emotional blocks and back to living life with joy and zest.

Nat helps with:

  • Functional Movement repatterning
  • Functional Breathing
  • Relieving pain
  • Reintroducing Stability to the system physically and emotionally
  • Post-op rehab
  • Scar care
  • Nervous system regulation
  • Postnatal recovery
  • Diastasis Recti recovery
  • C section recovery
  • Hysterectomy Recovery
  • Pelvic Floor Function
  • Perimenopause and Menopause Lifestyle Coaching
Nat Nicholson, Pain & Movement Detective at My Bodyworks

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