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What is the Oxygen Advantage Invincible Breathing training?

The Oxygen Advantage breathing method was developed by Patrick McKeown, and offers a simple, but powerful, scientifically based technique to improving your overall health and fitness. The Oxygen Advantage distinguishes between functional versus dysfunctional breathing patterns.

Understanding Functional vs. Dysfunctional Breathing

The hallmark of functional breathing is breathing through the nose that is efficient and effortless. It balances the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2), engages the diaphragm for core support, and reduces breathlessness.

Dysfunctional breathing is inefficient, requires effort, and is most often through the mouth. It contributes to imbalances in levels of oxygen and CO2, and is often fast and into the upper chest, and increases breathlessness.

Many individuals, worldwide, are chronic mouth-breathers along with breathing in too much air. This contributes to a whole host of medical issues such as poor sleep, anxiety, asthma, heart problems, poor endurance, poor concentration, and dental problems.

 

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The Oxygen Advantage has several core principles.

First off, breathing should always be done through the nose. The mouth is for eating and drinking. When breathing is done through the mouth all of the important functions of the nose are disregarded. The nose has many important functions including filtering out airborne pathogens and trapping them inside the nose before they reach the lungs, properly warming and humidifying the air to reduce irritation, carrying nitric oxide into the lungs to dilate airways and blood vessels, and creating a natural resistance to air flow that engages the diaphragm muscle and promotes a deeper and prolonged inspiration of air.

The second core principle is utilizing the power of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the body.CO2 is not just a waste gas, contrary to what many people think. Carbon dioxide is critical to life and our body’s acid-base balance. Too much or too little CO2 in the body can have serious consequences. Many dysfunctional breathers have chronically low CO2 levels because of overbreathing.

In the early 1900’s the relationship between CO2 concentration and the availability of oxygen in the blood was discovered. More carbon dioxide causes a weaker bond between oxygen and hemoglobin, making it easier to offload oxygen to the tissues and cells of the body. This is especially important during times of increased metabolic demands on the body, such as during exercise or illness.

 
CO2 levels affect the diameters of our blood vessels and airways. As carbon dioxide levels decrease through overventilation the blood vessels and our air passages become more constricted. This contributes to less blood flow to the brain and more resistance to airflow in the lungs. As a result, individuals may experience lightheadedness, anxiety, headache, and increased breathlessness.

 
One of the many myths about breathing is that more air means more oxygenation. In actuality, breathing in more air has a very trivial impact on increasing oxygen levels, however, it dramatically alters CO2 concentrations. The goal is to breathe less volume of air and to reduce the number of breaths per minute. Breathing should be effortless and quiet.

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Summary of Oxygen Advantage benefits:

Promotes oxygen offloading to the body’s cells for use in energy production

Dilates blood vessels and airways, increasing blood flow and oxygenated air to the lungs

Reduces energy expenditure associated with breathing

Engages the parasympathetic nervous system and optimizes vagal tone, leading to improved heartrate and blood pressure sensitivity

Promotes a more restful sleep and reduction in anxiety

Improves posture and core stabilization

Contributes to proper facial development in children

Pete Grant, registered nurse and co-owner of Salted Desert, is a certified Oxygen Advantage Functional Breathing Instructor. He has experienced, firsthand, the transformative power of the Oxygen Advantage program, and is dedicated to teaching this remarkable approach to breathing. As a dysfunctional mouth-breather for most of his life, Pete has incorporated the techniques from Oxygen Advantage and observed a significant improvement in sleep, anxiety-reduction, concentration, and exercise endurance.

Oxygen Advantage is not just a technique used during certain times – it is a way of life. It requires dedication and continued practice to achieve results. If you are interested in really transforming your health please contact us. In-person and remote video sessions are available.

12 BENEFITS OF NOSE BREATHING VS MOUTH BREATHING

1. The inside of your nose is lined with tiny hairs called cilia. The cilia filter, warm and humidify inhaled air. They protect you against 20 billion particles of foreign matter every day.

2. Some people argue you need to mouth breathe to bring in enough air during exercise. But research proves the opposite. The extra resistance during nose breathing results in 10 to 20% better oxygenation [2].

3. Nose breathing is 22% more efficient than mouth breathing [3]. Which means breathing is much easier, and the breathing muscles don’t get so tired.

4. Nose breathing keeps your airways clear. Breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth causes nasal congestion and makes it harder to breathe [4]. If you’re wondering how to breathe with a stuffy nose, the surprising answer is that you need to get used to nose breathing.

5. The lungs draw oxygen from inhaled air during nasal exhalation too. Nose breathing is slower, and nasal exhalation creates a backflow of air into the lungs. The air stays in the lungs for longer, and the body has more time to extract oxygen from that air.

6. The air hunger during nose breathing forces you to slow down until your breath is properly trained. This reduces stress and high blood pressure. And it stops you from overtraining.

7. Nose breathing harnesses nitric oxide (NO) [5]. Nitric oxide is produced in the sinuses around the nose. It protects against airborne viruses, bacteria, allergens, and other pathogens. It opens the blood vessels in the lungs, allowing better oxygen diffusion.

8. When there is a proper balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood, the body maintains a balanced pH. Most oxygen travels around the body in red blood cells. CO2 is the catalyst that causes the red blood cells to release this load of oxygen to the body. If you breathe through an open mouth, you lose too much CO2. So nose breathing enhances your body’s ability to access the oxygen in your blood.

9. Nose breathing during sleep makes sleep apnea less severe. Scientists found that during mouth breathing, apneas increase, and oxygen desaturation is worse.

10. It is not possible to maintain diaphragm breathing through the mouth. Nose breathing engages and strengthens your diaphragm, which is an integral muscle of the core and necessary for the stability of your spine.

11. During exercise, nose breathing can improve mental focus and boost coronary artery blood flow [6].

12. Nose breathing reduces symptoms of exercise-induced asthma because it protects the airways from trauma and inflammation.

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