UltraBreathe Lung Exerciser Review
Can UltraBreathe improve fitness, VO2max, and body O2?
UltraBreathe breathing resistance trainer is a most recent respiratory exerciser similar to Expand-A-Lung but with 2 adjustable valves. There are also several similar trainers including Powerlung, Powerbreathe, UltraBreathe, and a few others. UltraBreathe ASI7492 compact breathing exerciser is used mostly by athletes.
All these trainers, UltraBreathe included, improve the strength of the inspiratory (and often expiratory) muscles. This is indeed an expected - but superficial - effect of breathing exercises. As with other respiratory exercisers, the most important benefit is a change in one's body-oxygen levels that can be easily measured using the simple body-oxygen test.
Let me start with the main cause of low endurance and body-O2 content in modern athletes and general population.
Any intelligent coach or athlete is aware that elite athletes have one common feature: easier breathing (reduced minute ventilation) during moderate or even intensive exercise. This leads to more effective oxygen transport. However, one can achieve the same result by changing his or her breathing pattern at rest. Slower breathing will increase arterial CO2, the key factor in better body oxygenation 24/7.
This effect can be also achieved by conditioning the body to slower and less breathing during exercise.
Over 80% of modern athletes have heavy breathing at rest that reduces levels of body oxygen and causes serious problems with chronic diseases, sleep quality, digestion, recovery from injuries and many others. The main problems are chest breathing, mouth breathing (e.g., during sleep) and ineffective breathing (chronic hyperventilation).
Hence, if someone wants to get maximum benefits from breathwork and improve health, long-term endurance, VO2max, sleep, and other life quality factors, it is important to study the effects of UltraBreathe on our automatic breathing patterns and body-oxygen levels.
UltraBreathe vs. Expand-A-Lung, Powerbreathe, PowerLung and other trainers
UltraBreathe can improve one's health by helping the user to achieve a slower and lighter basal breathing pattern at rest, after the breathing exercises. Another factor relates to the general education of the user in the area of breathing. If the user thinks that automatic deep breathing patterns are good for health, then their health will get worse. Hence, it is possible to get positive health benefits from all these breathing trainers and devices (UltraBreathe, Expand-A-Lung, Powerlung, Powerbreathe, Frolov breathing device, Breathslim, Samozdrav, DIY Breathing Device, and many others) is easy if the person knows what to do with their breathing 24/7 (breathe less).
Hence, it is a mistake to compare UltraBreathe vs. Powerbreathe or UltraBreathe vs. Powerlung since it is how you use it, rather than what you use, that matters most. You can get the best benefits from UltraBreathe if you follow some additional ideas related to your lifestyle factors (see the Learning Section of this site). Or you can even better results with Training Mask that has much larger dead space and can be used during exercise for up to 30-60 minutes.
How to get most benefits from UltraBreathe
If you try to exhale longer (with air hunger at the end) and hold your breath after exhalations (this is only suitable for fit people with more than 25 s for the body-oxygen test), then you can get even more benefits from UltraBreathe. If you attach a light plastic 0.25-0.5 L bottle to the breathing exerciser, you can reuse your exhaled CO2. This will make exercise sessions more challenging , but will improve your body oxygen levels.
Warning. Breathing exercises can cause powerful cleansing reactions and can be dangerous for pregnant women, people with organ transplants, GI problems, and panic attacks, as well as those who take medication for diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, and other conditions. Consult your health care provider and follow special guidelines, which can be found in the Module Restrictions, limits, and temporary contraindications.
The main page related to Breathing Techniques: Overview
and general information about the most common and most popular breathing techniques
Deviceless breathing methods and techniques:
- Yoga breathing: What is the main secret of yoga? What is so special in the breathing of ancient yogi?
- Pranayama benefits: How can someone get pranayama benefits?
- Buteyko technique: Overview of the most popular Russian breathing system.
- Pursed lip breathing: Review, health conditions addressed, detailed instructions, its physiology, effects and purpose.
Breathing trainers and devices:
- Resperate: This paced-breathing device is used to guide breathing only.
- Frolov breathing device: General overview with several pages about specific related topics.
- Frolov device: how does it work: This article explains the main physiological mechanism (hypercapnic hypoxic training).
- Breathslim: This breathing device is featured for weight loss. Learn about its effects.
- Samozdrav: Review of the Samozdrav breathing device that is based on hypercapnic hypoxic training.
- Inspiratory muscle training: Inspiratory muscle training review: How you can get best benefits from breathing trainers, such as Training Mask, Powerbreathe, Ultrabreathe, Expand-A-Lung, and PowerLung.
- Powerbreathe: This device is used to train inspiratory muscles due to resistance that can be regulated. It is popular among athletes, but its effects go far further than just to train muscles, if you know how to use it correctly.
- PowerLung: This is another breathing device popular among athletes with the same key secret that many athletes ignore.
- Expand-A-Lung: This is the smallest and lightest breathing trainer (among the reviewed ones) and it can produce miracles with the correct application.
- Ultrabreathe: This is a version or prototype of Expand-A-Lung and it can also boost your body oxygenation provided that you improve your automatic breathing and body-oxygen levels.
- Training Mask: The most effective sport device for higher VO2max, endurance, fitness, and body-O2 content.
- Amazing DIY breathing device: This is the cheapest breathing device (do-it-yourself), but you need to know how to make and use it correctly.
- Capnography and etCO2 monitoring: Are they useful for breathing retraining? How can one apply capnometers for breathing retraining?
Reference pages: Breathing norms and medical facts:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- 6 breathing myths: Myths and superstitions about breathing and body oxygenation (prevalence: over 90%)
- Hyperventilation: Definitions of hyperventilation: their advantages and weak points
- Hyperventilation syndrome: Western scientific evidence about prevalence of chronic hyperventilation in patients with chronic conditions (37 medical studies)
- Normal minute ventilation: Small and slow breathing at rest is enjoyed by healthy subjects (14 studies)
- Hyperventilation prevalence: Present in over 90% of normal people (24 medical studies)
- HV and hypoxia: How and why deep breathing reduces oxygenation of cells and tissues of all vital organs
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
- Body oxygen in healthy: Results for the body-oxygen test for healthy people (27 medical studies)
- Body oxygen in sick : Results for the body-oxygen test for sick people (14 medical studies)
- Buteyko Table of Health Zones: Clinical description and ranges for breathing zones: from the critically ill (severely sick) up to super healthy people with maximum possible body oxygenation
- Morning hyperventilation: Why people feel worse and critically ill people are most likely to die during early morning hours
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in tissues
- Cell oxygen levels: How alveolar CO2 influences oxygen transport
- Oxygen transport: O2 transport is controlled by vasoconstriction-vasodilation and the Bohr effects, both of which rely on CO2
- Free radical generation: Reactive oxygen species are produced within cells due to anaerobic cell respiration caused by cell hypoxia
- Inflammatory response: Chronic inflammation in fueled by the hypoxia-inducible factor 1, while normal breathing reduces and eliminates inflammation
- Nerve stabilization: People remain calm due to calmative or sedative effects of carbon dioxide in neurons or nerve cells
- Muscle relaxation: Relaxation of muscle cells is normal at high CO2, while hypocapnia causes muscular tension, poor posture and, sometimes, aggression and violence
- Bronchodilation: Dilation of airways (bronchi and bronchioles) is caused by carbon dioxide, and their constriction by hypocapnia (low CO2)
- Blood pH: Regulation of blood pH due to breathing and regulation of other bodily fluids
- CO2: lung damage: Elevated carbon dioxide prevents lung injury and promotes healing of lung tissues
- CO2: Topical carbon dioxide can heal skin and tissues
- Synthesis of glutamine in the brain, CO2 fixation, and other chemical reactions
- Deep breathing myth: Ignorant and naive people promote the idea that deep breathing and breathing more air at rest is beneficial for health
- Breathing control: How is our breathing regulated? Why hypocapnia makes breathing uneven, irregular and erratic.
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