Clear thinking, concentration, and focus require a great deal of oxygen to the brain. In fact, the brain is known to consume 20% of the oxygen available in the body. If you are one of the 80% who are functioning at 30% of breathing capacity, your brain is not functioning fully either.
In addition, when you begin to get anxious about performing on tests and other mentally demanding activities, it can trigger the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response) and all resources are conserved for survival. The brain is further robbed of oxygen and this begins a downward spiral, which further impedes performance and confidence.
When the brain is deprived of oxygen, numerous domino-effects of deficiencies will follow. Oxygen is needed to metabolize glucose. Glucose is converted into energy for all living cells. Since 90% of the brain’s energy is used to send electro-chemical impulses and maintain the neuron’s ability to send these impulses, a lack of abundant oxygen may produce profound impairments in thinking, memory, attention span, ability to focus and emotional resilience.
There are many medications available to treat the problems associated with oxygen deprivation. While they may be necessary when conditions have deteriorated drastically, drugs don’t resolve the underlying problem. Instead, they usually produce overt and covert side-effects that lead to other health problems. Many doctors are simply not informed of the natural way to improve oxygenation: breathing development.
Fortunately, a doctor’s prescription is not needed in order for you to take responsibility for your own breathing. If you, or your child, are experiencing problems with anxiety, depression, panic disorder, hyperventilation, Attention Deficit Disorder ( ADD ), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD ), social anxiety, Traumatic Brain Injury, etc, improving your breathing capacity is a very valuable addition to any treatment program.
“Belly Button Breathing” is a kid-friendly way to teach deep, diaphragmatic breathing. Expanding your breathing capacity will help you – and the children you care about – to avoid being restricted by a starving brain. Even if you just want to learn faster, be more alert, get better scores on tests, speak in front of groups without sweating bullets, or anything that requires a fully functioning brain, optimal breathing is necessary to reach your highest potential.