Haven Magazine - - WELLBEING -


Many of us take breath­ing for granted, but if you stop for a mo­ment (take a breath, if you will) and think about how much we breathe, the sta­tis­tics are as­tound­ing – the av­er­age adult will take 8,400,000 breaths per year! Did you also know that the mind, body and breath are in­ti­mately con­nected and can in­flu­ence each other? Breath­ing im­pacts our sleep, mood, di­ges­tion, heart, ner­vous sys­tem, mus­cles, brain – even the de­vel­op­ment of our teeth and fa­cial struc­ture. It’s so im­por­tant to breathe ef­fec­tively, but how do we do that? An air pu­ri­fier is a great start­ing point. Air pu­ri­fiers can help re­move a large per­cent­age of air­borne con­tam­i­nants in your home or your work­place. Us­ing es­sen­tial oils in aro­mather­apy dif­fusers can also help you breathe more ef­fec­tively – dif­fer­ent es­sen­tial oils can open your res­pi­ra­tory air­ways, drain si­nuses and clear con­ges­tion, re­duce in­flam­ma­tion, help fight colds and strengthen your im­mune sys­tem, while also pu­ri­fy­ing the air. Salt lamps are be­com­ing more and more main­stream and now there’s a way to take those ben­e­fits with you out­side the home. Salt in­halers con­tain Hi­malayan salt and es­sen­tial oils, and can be car­ried in your bag or pocket – per­fect for those want­ing a drug-free al­ter­na­tive for their res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems. While there are many prod­ucts you can buy to as­sist in breath­ing with ease, learn­ing to breathe deeply and with aware­ness can pro­vide im­me­di­ate stress re­lief ben­e­fits, as well as deep last­ing phys­i­o­log­i­cal ad­van­tages. It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that there are many ways to breathe even more ef­fec­tively – it’s not just as sim­ple as breathe in, breathe out.

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