Did you know that there was actually an “International Breathe through Your Nose Week” back in 2012? Unfortunately, it got very little attention and those who found out about it actually thought it was a joke. The fact of the matter is that breathing through your nose may be one of the best things you can do for your health, especially if you have asthma.
The nose is the organ primarily designed for breathing, and when you use it to breathe instead of your mouth, you benefit in so many ways. For starters, air breathed in through the nose is warmed and moistened, allowing it to go through the sensitive airways without irritating them. On the other hand, air breathed out through the nose efficiently reabsorbs moisture, which in effect reduces dehydration. The nose also has a filter, which means that allergens and microbes typically do not go all the way in as they get stuck to the airways’ mucus lining where the anti-microbial properties of enzymes and gases destroy them.
Nasal breathing also promotes good oral health since it doesn’t dry out the insides of the mouth the same way mouth breathing does. A dry mouth typically leads to increased acidity, encouraging cavities and gum disease. Nasal breathing also encourages good facial and teeth development. When the mouth is closed with the tongue resting in the roof of the mouth most of the time, the jaw is able to grow sufficiently to accommodate all the teeth.
Needless to say, breathing through the nose reduces the risk of snoring, sleep apnea, and generally troubled sleep. More importantly, however, nasal breathing helps regulate the volume of air you breathe so that it suits your body’s oxygen needs.
Clearly, nasal breathing should be favored over mouth breathing. You can deduce from the above advantages how mouth breathing is bad for asthmatic people. The easy entry of allergens, the unsuitable supply of oxygen… these are some of the things that influence the onset of asthma.
Mouth breathing normally leads you to over-breathe, which effectively depletes your carbon dioxide reserves. In bronchial asthma, especially when it was induced by exertion, such as in exercise, mouth breathing reduces oxygen delivery to the different parts of the body. Studies have shown that nasal breathing during exercise among young asthma patients led to no incident of attack, while mouth breathing led to incidents of bronchial constriction.
If you find yourself more prone to mouth breathing, it is important to retrain yourself to breathe correctly. There are training devices you may use in pursuit of this goal. Soon, you can habitually breathe through your nose and enjoy better health. Enter your name and email address in the form on this page and we'll send you the details on the device that can transform you from a mouth breather to a nose breathing in just a few minutes a day!