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Nasal V Mouth Breathing

As we know, there are two different ways of breathing: nasal breathing and mouth breathing. The main difference is the pathway through which air enters the respiratory system. Nose V mouth breathing.


Nasal Breathing-

Nasal breathing involves inhaling and exhaling air primarily through the nose. It is the natural and preferred mode of breathing for humans. Here are some critical characteristics of nasal breathing:


1. Filtered and moisturized air- The nose naturally filters out dust, allergens, and larger particles from the air before it reaches the lungs. The nasal passages also aid in humidifying and warming the air, making it more comfortable for the respiratory system.


2. Nitric oxide production- The nasal passages produce nitric oxide, a gas that has various beneficial effects on the body. Nitric oxide helps to dilate blood vessels, improves oxygen uptake in the lungs, and has antimicrobial properties.


3. Improved lung function- Nasal breathing allows for slower, deeper breaths, which can optimize lung function and oxygen exchange. It also promotes better distribution of airflow within the lungs.


4. Enhanced oxygen uptake- The nasal passages contain turbinates, increasing the surface area available for gas exchange. This enables efficient absorption of oxygen from the air into the bloodstream.


Mouth Breathing-

Mouth breathing involves inhaling and exhaling air primarily through the mouth. While it can happen naturally in certain situations, such as during intense physical exertion or when the nasal passages are congested, chronic mouth breathing has many drawbacks. Here are some key characteristics of mouth breathing:


1. Reduced filtration and moisture- When breathing through the mouth, air bypasses the natural filtration and humidification provided by the nasal passages. As a result, the inhaled air may contain more particles, allergens, and pathogens. Mouth breathing can lead to a dry mouth and throat, increasing the risk of oral health problems.


2. Altered airflow and lung function- Breathing through the mouth often involves shallower and faster breaths. This can disrupt the natural airflow patterns, leading to uneven oxygen distribution within the lungs and potentially affecting respiratory efficiency.


3. Increased risk of infections- Mouth breathing bypasses the nasal passages' protective mechanisms, making it easier for pathogens to enter the respiratory system. This can increase the risk of respiratory infections.


4. Potential impact on facial development- Chronic mouth breathing, especially during childhood when facial structures are still developing, may contribute to abnormal facial growth, dental malocclusions, and other orthodontic problems.


I highly recommend James Nestor's book "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art". It delves into the differences between nasal and mouth breathing and explores fascinating topics. Nestor even puts his own body on the line for the sake of his research. Overall, it's a surprising and excellent read.


In summary, nasal breathing is generally considered the optimal and healthier way to breathe. It provides several advantages, such as filtering and humidifying the air, optimizing lung function, and promoting overall respiratory health. On the other hand, mouth breathing can occur in specific situations but has drawbacks if breathing this way daily, including reduced filtration, altered airflow patterns, and increased risk of infections.


If you have concerns about your breathing patterns, it's best to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate assessment and appropriate guidance.


With regular Breathwork practice and understanding the importance of the breath for health, you will notice a significant improvement in the quality of your overall well-being. Reach out, and we will put together a plan. If you find this content valuable, please consider liking and subscribing. Your support is greatly appreciated, and I hope that this information will contribute to you practising Breathwork for your overall health and well-being.


Breathe well.

Love Sally Xo



  Humans have two types of breathing: nasal and mouth. Nasal breathing is better as it filters and moisturizes the air, improves lung function, and increases oxygen uptake. Mouth breathing can reduce filtration and moisture, alter airflow patterns, and increase infection risk. James Nestor's book "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art" has more information. Consult a healthcare professional for accurate assessment and guidance.
Noses are for breathing, mouths for eating and the odd postman.

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