Acıbadem Dr. Sinasi Can (Kadıköy) Hospital Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases Specialist Dr. Ecem Sevim Akı explained the benefits of healthy breathing and 7 tricks, gave warnings and suggestions.
It contributes to the strengthening of immunity, improves sleep quality, and regulates blood pressure… Breathing, which is one of the sine qua non for sustaining life, also plays an important role in the proper and healthy functioning of many systems in our body. Studies show that healthy breathing has positive effects on human health, while also increasing the quality of life.
Dr. Ecem Sevim Akı stated that there are many causes of nasal congestion, from upper respiratory tract diseases such as flu and cold to allergies, from bone or cartilage curvature in the nose to tumors, and said, “The problem in any of the respiratory structures prevents healthy and correct breathing. Nasal congestion is the most common example of this. Nasal congestion is a common problem in our country. Today, one out of every 3 people cannot breathe properly due to nasal congestion. The most important cause of temporary nasal obstructions is upper respiratory tract infections, and such problems are common, especially in the winter season.
ENT Specialist Dr. Ecem Sevim Akı says that both children and adults experience nasal congestion problems due to structural factors, and says:
“Anatomical stenosis, that is, cartilage/bone curvature, nasal concha enlargement and intranasal masses narrow the air passage and require treatment. Air from the nose reaches the lungs after passing through the pharynx and trachea. In the pathologies located here and narrowing the passage, the air is prevented from reaching the lungs and causes respiratory problems. In addition, some nervous system diseases or muscle diseases indirectly make breathing difficult. Diseases that reduce lung capacity prevent enough air from filling the lungs. It should not be forgotten that obesity, smoking and low humidity of the environment can have negative effects on breathing.
Emphasizing that healthy breathing is of great importance for both our physiological and mental health, Dr. Ecem Sevim Akı “In addition to smelling, the nose also plays an active role in heating, humidifying and filtering harmful particles. In addition, the turbulence of the air in the nose allows higher air to reach the lungs. A healthy breath; It lowers the heart rate and regulates blood pressure, helps the excretion of toxins, ensures the proper functioning of the nervous system and hormones, facilitates digestion by increasing stomach and intestinal activity, improves sleep quality, helps immunity by increasing cell renewal and efficiency, and facilitates coping with stress.
ENT Specialist Dr. Ecem Sevim Akı pointed out that breathing through the mouth rather than the nose can cause serious problems and said, “In people who breathe through the mouth, breathing accelerates and the number of breaths per minute increases. Rapid and inadequate breathing reduces oxygenation in the blood and increases the workload of the heart and lungs. This causes headache, changes in heart rhythm and blood pressure, and increases the level of anxiety. On the other hand, people who breathe through the mouth frequently have respiratory tract infections, and dry mouth and bad breath are encountered. In addition, it is seen that gingival diseases have increased significantly.
Stating that many people in our country do not breathe properly although they do not have a physiological problem, ENT Specialist Dr. Ecem Sevim Aki lists the tricks of correct and healthy breathing as follows:
- “For a healthy and correct breathing, the diaphragm is used.
- Breathe through the nose and care should be taken to keep the mouth closed.
- While breathing, the shoulders should not be raised and care should be taken to keep them low.
- Breathing should be taken as needed, not taking a more shallow and deeper breath than normal.
- After inhaling, placing one hand on your chest and one hand on your abdomen will help you understand how you breathe.
- It should be noticed that the abdominal region, not the rib cage, expands outward during diaphragmatic breathing, and it should be noted that it is pulled inward when exhaling.
- In order to ensure adequate oxygenation in the posterior region of the nose, the breath should be given through the nose.