Pursed lip breathing is used in conjunction with the effective weight loss and core building breathing exercise known as Long Breath Diet from Japan.
Breathing exercises are one of the methods that can be used to lose weight and help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Excess carbohydrate and protein in the body is converted into a compound called triglyceride with over 80% of its mass exhaled as CO2 while the rest becomes water that can exit the body in sweat and also in the breath. This suggests that lungs are the main organ through which fat leaves the body and breathing is a major factor in weight loss.
By extending the amount of time that you exhale you will:
- Improve long term breathing
- Expel more C02 from the lungs
- Allow yourself to inhale more and increase supply of oxygen
- Decrease fatigue
- Improve nutrient delivery to your body
- Achieve higher fat burning aided by the extra supply of oxygen
- Have more efficient (cellular) metabolism
- Pressurise the abdominal muscles helping you to lose belly fat and refine your abs
If you suffer from diabetes and use insulin or other blood glucose-lowering medication, the pursed lip breathing exercise can increase your sensitivity to medication. This can make your blood glucose level lower than usual. You may suffer then from hypoglycemic shock, which is much more dangerous than high blood sugar. You should have a small snack immediately after the breathing session.
Practicing pursed lip breathing expels air that was previously trapped in the lungs. This air is saturated with water and CO2 resulting in dehydration. Thus the patient is required to drink some water after the exercise.
In elderly patients a short-term dizziness is possible therefore after exercise the patient should rest for a while.
The exercise should be carried out at least twice daily in a set of 6. Breathing in through the nose (e.g. 3 seconds) and then breathing out through the tightened lips for longer (e.g. 7 seconds). Actively try and increase the amount you exhale during the day. Exercise should be carried out standing up straight.
- Ensure you have sufficient drinking water
- Store the headset in a clean and dry environment
- Before and after use, clean headset with dry tissue
Did you know? With exhalation you activate parasympathetic nervous system that restores the state of rest and digestion in the body ("Rest and digest"). Inhalation does the opposite; speeds up the pulse of the heart and establishes the state of "fight or flight" in the body.