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Breath rate or breathing rate clarified

Respiratory rate (also known as ventilation rate, respiration rate, breathing rate, pulmonary ventilation rate, breathing frequency, and respiratory frequency or Rf) = the number of breaths a person takes during one minute. It is usually measured at rest, while sitting. Lying on one's back often makes breathing easier and deeper and slower and will distort sitting or standing scores. After all, most of us to not go through life on our backs.

The waking resting breath rate is the only practical measurement as the body moves in so many different ways and speeds it creates too many variables  and varies depending on the individual.   We use adult breathing rate because children's rates vary so much as they grow in chest shape and volume. Infants do not present fully developed lungs until around age 3. Most children have lost fully functional breathing by age 12 due habit, diet socializing or trauma.
The ADULT waking resting breath rate also varies but by adulthood the lung and chest size has stabilized and if stress is too much will actually begin to reduce the chest measurement and lung volume. But this can be reversed using the tools, techniques and exercises in our kit. 

Some cannot define their own breathing rate by simply counting it. As soon as they try it, their breathing will be more deep and slow or faster and shallow. This not being able to detach is an indicator of UDB. But after a few tries most will able to "detach" and just let the breathing come and go like in a meditation. If not then any of our Themed programs will help with that. You can ask other people to count it, when you are unaware about your breathing, or you can record your breathing using a wrist monitor. To use an automobile metaphor a larger or better conditioned engine runs slower. It is also possible to define your breathing frequency by asking someone to count the number of your breathing cycles during one minute when you are sleeping. But that may well be much slower than sitting and fully awake but it can also expose a tendency towards sleep apnea.

Higher resting breathing rates carry over into sleep and generally relate to a tendency towards excessive stress responses, nervousness, anxiety, panic attacks, heart conditions, high blood pressure, strokes, poor attention, asthma, depression, chronic fatigue, allergies, overweight, shortness of breath, speaking and sleeping issues.

Simply stated the more times per minute you breathe during rest the higher the oxygen cost of breathing.

Medical research suggests that respiratory rate is a marker of pulmonary dysfunction that gets progressively higher/worse with advance of a large number of chronic health conditions. This may or may not be true, depending. Our proprietary copyrighted breathing tests statistical correlations included in the Optimal Breathing Mastery Kit supplemental CD support the significance of slower breathing rates. These statistics have both scientific and statistical references related to improper  respiratory rates correlated with with cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, COPD and most other maladies. However, plasma carbon dioxide levels are also relevant  as with deeper, slow is not always a sign of healthy breathing. One can have a slow rate with poor CO2 levels that invite a host of maladies. CO2 levels are measured via arteries or more simply by a special instrument that we sell or rent to anyone or use in private sessions. So if your breath rate is nice and slow and you still have health or emotional challenges that are constant or seem situational you may have a severe carbon dioxide issue. Best to make sure.

Adult waking resting breath rates vary from 4-30 breaths per minute. I've seen children up to 52 which is way too fast (a long session got it down to 18). CO2 levels aside,  those faster than 8 BPM are working their breathing and nervous system too hard and often correlate with various kinds of illnesses or tendency towards illness(es) as indicated by the previously referred to tests taken by over 85,000 people worldwide.  Anyone can take our free breathing tests at www.breathing.com/tests.htm

So you see when someone states that we all have a certain number of breaths per life is not accurate but the effect of that idea is to want to slow our breath rate down which for the most part is probably quite good, PROVIDING it is due to better breathing/larger engine and not for example getting used to shortness of breath by breath holding merely for and/or CO2 buildup/toleration.  

To slow the breathing rate naturally: Think - A bigger engine runs slower.  Investigate carbon dioxide levels

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