Lung and Cellular Respiration
All beings alive are familiar with lung respiration but most are completely in the dark about their own cellular respiration and the key role of the heart. The diaphragm, a large fan like muscle residing under the lungs, manages lung respiration. When the diaphragm contracts it presses down massaging the abdominal contents while allowing the lungs to fill with air. As the diaphragm relaxes it moves up to press the lungs and carbon dioxide is pressed out. Oxygen comes in through the trachea and saturates red blood cells traveling through the lungs. Once the red blood cells are saturated they return to the heart. Some of the oxygenated red blood cells move a short distance to nourish the heart while the remainder is pumped out the entire body for cellular respiration. The cells get to inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide as the blood travels. The heart delivers oxygen and other nutrients to the cells via arteries. Arteries have two layers of smooth muscle and this provides assistance to the heart and reduces stress on the heart. The artery walls may allow more or less leakage to the cells depending on cellular need. Oxygen and carbon dioxide pass in and out through the cell walls effortlessly. Deoxygenated red blood cells become a darker red; the opacity of skin creates an illusion of a blue hue. Deoxygenated red blood cells return to the heart and lungs for more oxygen via veins. Veins do not have smooth muscle in their walls, relaying on internal valves and the contraction of the heart to defy gravity. This process continues endlessly while we are alive, find ways to support it.*
Slower deeper breathing allows maximum oxygen saturation, and is the desired rate for breathing, most of the time. Strong intense shorter breaths with an emphasis on the exhalation are desired when doing high intensity exercises. The benefit is a reduction of acidity. The body must remain in a slightly alkaline environment or pH of about 7.36 for optimal vitality. Yoga breath exercises power up respiration to its optimal levels effectively breaking stress or ineffective breathing. Kapalabhati breath exercises work similar to exercise induced breathing, having an emphasis on exhalation. Kapalbhati breathing reduces body acidosis and tones the abdominal muscles very well. If stuck at a computer for long periods of time practicing 30-100 Kapalbhati breaths for 3-5 rounds will bring the abs to attention, reduce acid and elevate clear mental power. Check it out! Somewhat lesser known about red blood cells is their love of nutrition, especially for essential fatty acids & anti-oxidants such as A, C, E and Selenium! Deficient nutrient load causes red blood cells to become sticky making it hard on the heart to move, the walls become easier to be invaded by parasites, parasites that will eat iron in the red blood cells so they can’t carry oxygen at all. The shape of many red blood cells can be altered from a nice round disc to a warped or crescent shape. The big deal is the ability to receive and carry oxygen to the cells is diminished. At that point many various symptoms and stresses set in.
For Better respiration practice breathing exercises, learn about your body, break ineffective breathing. Exercise daily, work on strong exhalations, break a sweat; as you build balanced muscle power you build will power. Eat a high alkaline diet of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Read about normal metabolic oxidation and oxidation overload and how to avoid the latter in the body. Read about anatomy and physiology (its not hard at all); listen to experts and work to build up anti-oxidant reserves in your body’s cells. You’re worth every effort, get going and try every day. You’re here to be vital and to feel empowered. Breathe deeply into your bliss and exhale anything else. May all beings everywhere be happy and free. Namaste.
*(Inverted body poses rest the veins)