Are you breathing properly?

Written by David Kane

Copyright 2005 David Kane

Most people become lousy at breathing. Our bodies are naturally designed to breathe properly, but we tend to override this advantage with bad breathing habits. Your shoulders should not lift. Your chest should not stiffen. Your stomach should not push out as you exhale. If you breathe in more than sixteen times a minute your breathing is too rapid and too shallow.

The rib cage andrepparttar diaphragm arerepparttar 148350 main parts ofrepparttar 148351 body involved in inhaling and exhaling. You can feel your rib cage, but you are probably unaware of your diaphragm. The diaphragm is a thick layer of muscle betweenrepparttar 148352 lungs andrepparttar 148353 intestines. When you breathe in it contracts, pulling downward onrepparttar 148354 chest cavity and pressing down onrepparttar 148355 stomach and intestines. When you exhale it relaxes.

Do you use your diaphragm correctly when you breathe? Try this exercise to find out. Lie on your back with your right hand resting on your upper chest, and your left hand on your abdomen. Relax for a while until your breathing becomes normal then notice what your hands are doing. When you breathe in your left hand should rise and your right hand should remain fairly still.

Breathing is also important because it can produce a calming effect when we feel anxious. Deep breathing is accepted as a way to calm nerves in many situations. Even professionals userepparttar 148356 technique before stepping on stage or standing up for a speech. Tryrepparttar 148357 following next time you feel yourself becoming tense.

Breathe in for a count of one, and then breathe out for a count of one.

Breathe in for a count of two, and then out for a count of two.

Breathe in for a count of three, and then out for a count of three.

Continue until you are breathing in for a count of twelve, and out for a count of twelve. Keeprepparttar 148358 counting at a constant rhythm. If you cannot comfortably reach twelve do not strain yourself to reach this figure. Inhale and exhale for as long as you find comfortable and do not hold your breath to completerepparttar 148359 count. During this exercise focus on how your body expands and relaxes as you breathe in and out. More oxygen will reach your brain as you dorepparttar 148360 exercise, making your mind sharper and making you feel refreshed and relaxed.

Acne Facts And Treatments

Written by Kelly Gillis

One ofrepparttar worst times in a young teenage life is undoubtedly when she or he starts with an acne flair up. This can make a shy and awkward child even more shy and awkward and in our society where every young girl thinks she should look like Brittney or Lindsay, and every young boy a young Tom or Brad acne can really wreak havoc with a young developing self esteem.

Doctors and researchers are no longer calling a diet of chocolate and greasy foodrepparttar 148321 culprit. It has been shown through research thatrepparttar 148322 types of food eaten seem to have little effect on acne. Another myth that has been busted overrepparttar 148323 years is that blackheads and acne are caused by dirt. Not so.

One ofrepparttar 148324 major causes of acne is now thought to be rising hormone levels. Hormones found in both sexes increase during puberty and are thought to enlarge sebaceous glands and increase oil (sebum) development. Acne forms whenrepparttar 148325 pores get blocked and sebum cannot drain torepparttar 148326 surface ofrepparttar 148327 skin. Whenrepparttar 148328 sebum gets blocked, bacteria growth starts. Acne bacteria is called propionibacterium acnes. Some researchers think that acne may be hereditary and can be inherited from parents.

There are some external causes for acne. Heavy or greasy make ups can cause acne flair ups as can high humidity. Some prescription medications may have a side effect that causes acne.

Acne can be characterized in two ways, light to moderate or severe. Light to moderate acne is characterized by blackheads, whiteheads and papules. A severe case of acne would include cysts and nodules.

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