Breathing Retraining: From Sick/Victims to Superhumans
Average Breath Holding Time - Body O2 in Normal Subjects
This table below summarizes available western data (medical and physiological research articles) regarding
average breath holding times
(or body-oxygen test or CP - Control Pause) for normal and healthy people.
Note that some of the studies were conducted
almost a century ago. The test is done after
normal or usual exhalation in normal or healthy subjects and only until
the first signs of stress or discomfort. If the test was done in different
conditions, the results were adjusted to this specific test (after usual
exhalation and only until initial stress). The procedure of adjustment is
Table. Control Pause in normal and healthy people according to various medical references
Breath holding, for these studies, was done in different conditions (e.g., after
normal inhalation, or exhalation, or taking a very deep inhalation, or a
complete exhalation, until first stress or as long as possible). These different
conditions can produce large variations in results (by more than 200%).
Moreover, sometimes patients are asked to take 2 or 3 deep breaths before the
test. Since researchers use different methods for BHT measurements, the
standardization of results is necessary in order for them to be compared. If you
are interested in these details, visit
Complete CP Table for normal and healthy subjects and see how these
different tests were standardized.
Doctor Buteyko and his medical colleagues tested hundred of thousands patients and found that over 60 s CP
corresponds to ideal health, when many modern diseases are virtually impossible.
It makes physiological sense since development of chronic diseases (heart
disease, cancer, etc.) is based on cell hypoxia. High CPs indicate abundant
oxygenation of cells and tissues, while sick people have reduced CP values (less than 20 s):
Control Pause in Sick People due to
If you are interested in the following numbers:
- the maximum possible result for the body O2 test (CP)
- the maximum breath holding without any deep breaths, or water immersion, or use of pure oxygen (as David Blaine and others often use for better results). In other words, you can only take one very deep breath before this test while sitting and breathing normal air.
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