Breathe deep, breathe well: The Lung Mechanic

Few of us today would refute the firm evidence that warm, dry homes improve health outcomes, while cold, damp homes increase the risk of respiratory issues, such as asthma.

For those suffering from asthma, breathing well is vital to help manage the condition and reduce attacks.

Catherine George of The Lung Mechanic says the first line of defence in supporting the immune system is nose breathing. Nose breathing releases nitric oxide (NO) in the nasal airways which follows the airstream to the lower airways and the lungs. NO helps increase oxygen in the body, sterilises the air and has anti-inflammatory properties.

“Breathing deeply and well boosts the immune system, improves blood flow, and stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system to calm the body down,” Catherine explains.

“Breathing well has been proven to reduce breathlessness, coughing, and stress and anxiety.” Catherine works with all ages to help them breathe well throughout their day by improving their breathing technique.

“Retraining your breathing pattern can reduce asthma symptoms, improve your respiratory health, and allow you to perform much better overall.” With one clinic in Christchurch and one in Rangiora, contact The Lung Mechanic to book a consultation.

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