When we tell special people in our lives that they are the air we breathe, we are paying them a compliment of highest regard as we can live some days without food or water but only 3-4 minutes without oxygen. Yet stress, poor posture, and excess abdominal weight gain can all lead to shallow breathing. Most of us take breathing for granted and are not even aware of it until attention is drawn to it. Focusing on the rate, depth, and quality of breathing can greatly enhance our health by:
- Increasing mental clarity
- Enhancing energy
- Improving outlook
- Empowering immunity
- Supporting emotional stability
It may be a good idea to check our breathing habits several times a day, concentrating on quality breathing. A good breathing technique involves breathing in through the nose to the count of four, holding the air for a count of four, and expelling air through the mouth to the count of four. This technique can be valuable right before falling asleep to relieve the stress of the day.
Along with deep breathing, exercising vigorously is a great way to increase oxygen uptake. Avoiding harmful chemicals and cigarette smoke are ways to ensure better air quality as is spending time outdoors and occasionally opening a window.
Italian Vinaigrette Dressing
Reduce intake of sugar and chemical emulsifiers by making your own salad dressings:
- 5 Tablespoons red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup 100% organic, extra virgin, first cold pressed olive oil (www.sciabica.com)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- ½ teaspoon Italian blend seasoning
Mix all ingredients together in a blender for 10-15 seconds. Enjoy!
Give Me Five
Five signs of mold allergy:
- Itchy rashes
- Joint pain
- Memory lapses
- Sinus problems
Information contained in this newsletter has not been evaluated by the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) and is not produced to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. Please work with your physician or health care provider of your choice for consultation, especially if a condition persists.