We talk a lot about detox here at Kale University. It’s important in a world filled with toxins to rid your body and environment of as many of those toxins as you can. One of the most powerful ways is to breathe.
Breathing seems to be a simple thing, yet most of us don’t take full advantage. Often, we are stressed which makes us take shallow breathes, inhibiting our natural breathing detox abilities. It’s easy to forget that we’re even breathing when we have a lot on our minds. The funny thing is that if we breathe deeply, all those things on our minds become more clear and easy to deal with.
If you’re going through a cleanse, whether it’s a vegan cleanse, raw cleanse, juice or water fast, the most important thing is to breathe deeply as much as you can. You should do some fasting exercises as well, but make sure that even when you’re not exercising that you are taking full advantage of breathing. This will help break up the lymph fluid and release the fluid retention in your body which can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable.
One of the great ways to focus on your breathing is through meditation. A walking meditation is a great way to take the deep breathes that your body needs. Try walking at a steady pace while counting your steps. Take slow breathes in for about 4 steps and breathe out slowly for about 6 steps. This will help your lymph nodes release and push the toxins through your body to be expelled.
Yoga is all about breathing. It is definitely one of the most effective ways to move toxins out of your body. If you have never tried yoga before, check out some of these great tips from MindBodyGreen.com:
- Yoga Poses for Beginners: How-to, Tips, Benefits, Images, Videos
- Different Types of Yoga
- Beginning Yoga? Start Where You Are…
Being aware of your breathing throughout the day will help you detox more fully. Try to remember to take deep breathes even if it’s only for ten minutes every hour. You can set an alarm to help remind you.
If you sit for most of the day, try to sit up straight so your lungs can fully expand, allowing more air to travel in and out of your body. Even smiling will help you take deeper breathes than furrowed concentration, and you’ll enjoy your work even more!
What are your favorite ways to breathe deeply?