Anxiety and Breathing: Causes and Effects

why teaching breathing retraining for over 10 years to thousands of my students, I noticed that any student with anxiety or panic attacks can naturally get rid of their symptoms with easier and slower breathing. This page provides an overview of anxiety and panic, as well as their relation to breathing, and how to treat anxiety naturally with breathing normalization.

Symptoms of anxiety attacks

- Chest tightness
- Costal or chest breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of a lack of air
- Panic, phobia and anxiety

Early signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders

- Dry mouth in the morning
- Sleeping on one's back
- Agitated sleep or nocturnal sleep problems
- Sighing or sniffing air
- Mouth breathing during exercise/walking

Treatment of anxiety disorders with breathing retraining

Effects of overbreathing and coughing on brain oxygen levels Anxiety breathing disorders do not appear in people with normal breathing parameters. Overbreathing or chronic hyperventilation is manifested in low body oxygenation (less than 20 seconds for the body-oxygen test) and hypocapnia, which causes overexcited states of nerve cells. Both these effects take place due to chronic hyperventilation present in over 90% of people (see Homepage for clinical studies).

The main impact of healthy lifestyle factors on anxiety breathing disorders is lighter and easier breathing manifested in increased cell oxygenation. Vice versa, lifestyle risk factors intensify breathing (make it faster and deeper) causing hypocapnia (carbon dioxide deficiency) and all negative effects related to low CO2 levels in the blood and other cells.

Reduce anxiety with breathing

- Effects of exercise depend on presence of nasal breathing (in and out) and changes in blood gases and nitric oxide blood concentrations
- Relaxation, meditation exercises
- Diaphragmatic breathing 24/7
- Straight spine or correct posture 24/7
- Forgiveness, silent prayer, acceptance, peace-making, calmness, good will, cooperation, composure, perseverance, self-discipline, commitment, and responsibility
- More time spent outdoors (especially for the elderly)
- Eating, only when a person is hungry (and stopping in time)
- Going to bed for sleep, only if one is really sleepy, and getting out of bed in the morning after waking up; sleeping on solid beds
- Raw vegetarian diet (provided that it is very well chewed)
- Moderation in pleasures
- Taking cold shower (while following certain rules), massage, barefoot walking
- Some breathing techniques (the Buteyko method, Frolov respiration device, Strelnikova paradoxical breath gymnastic, correctly done hatha yoga Pranayama, etc.)

Anxiety breathing problems

- Lack or insufficient physical exercise
- Oral breathing (during sleep and physical exercise too, unless you are superfit)
- Sleeping at night on one’s back
- Psychological stress, revenge, anger, greed, jealousy, envy, laziness, and other strong emotions
- Eating too much (especially of animal proteins)
- Lack of important nutrients and junk foods
- Toxins, poisons and pollution (in water, food and air, due to radiation, infections, and medical drugs); allergic triggers; dusty environment
- Pathological gut flora (manifested in the “self-soiling” effect and a need to use toilet paper)
- Focal infections (dead tonsils, cavities in teeth, athletes’ feet, root canals or dead teeth, and intestinal parasites, flukes, or worms) and silver mercury amalgams
- Talkativeness and deep breathing exercises (except slow ones, e.g., with 1-2 breaths per min so as to increase body CO2 content)
- Sighing, sneezing, coughing, and yawning with large movements of air or an open mouth
- Addictions and excesses (caffeine, smoking, gambling, street drugs, too much alcohol, sex, etc.)

Permanent solution for anxiety breathing disorders

Here is a technique (see it on the right side) from YouTube video "How to get rid of anxiety" with a breathing exercise. The exercise was developed and used by more than 160 Soviet medical doctors. It requires about 2-3 minutes and helps to over 90% of people with anxiety.

In order to eliminate symptoms of anxiety and breathing too heavily and get rid of anxiety attacks for good, one needs to achieve more than X seconds for the body-oxygen test. The number X is provided below as your bonus content.

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There are various breathing techniques that lead to increased oxygen content in brain cells.

Related web page: CO2: body-made sedative and tranquilizer

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