Breathing Retraining: From Sick/Victims to Superhumans
Other Lifestyle Factors That Influence Body-Oxygen Levels
So far, we discussed only major factors (a lack of exercise, exercise with mouth breathing, supine sleep, mouth breathing, overeating, overheating, poor posture, talking too much, nutritional deficiencies, etc.) that lead to chronic hyperventilation. However, there are dozens of other factors that can cause overbreathing. These include focal infections,
For example, chronic hyperventilation causes the brain of modern man to be over-excited. As a
result, people often perceive threats and become stressed, when there is no
genuine reason. Stress, instead of being a healthy challenge, becomes another
cause of chronic hyperventilation. In animals, stress also results in
hyperventilation, together with other elements of the “fight-or-flight” response
(e.g., hormonal rush). However, animals usually fight, or flee, seconds after
the challenge. They exercise and their breathing gets back to normal sooner
rather than later. Most modern humans, on the other hand, feel stressed and
anxious, without getting involved in physical activity later.
Is it fair to claim that modern man experiences more stress now than our
primitive predecessors did in the past? Many primitive people probably had daily
situations when their lives were seriously threatened. Are there many people
nowadays, who face death on a daily basis? Very few do. Hence, from an objective
viewpoint, people in the past had much more stress. However, the excited mental
states of modern people can make their lives too stressful and anxious due to
over-reactions to ordinary and non-threatening situations.
This is an example of a vicious circle. Stress, along with other factors,
causes chronic hyperventilation. In its turn, chronic hyperventilation impairs
normal perception, resulting in more stress. This new stress can be generated
even in non-violent situations.