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Headaches

Bad breathing as a co-factor or direct cause of the majority the causes aside from prescription drugs, food and air-born allergies or physical trauma based headaches. How good is YOUR breathing?

Headaches are one of the leading causes of missed work and school. The absenteeism, lost productivity and medical expenses cost U.S. industry some $50 billion a year.

Doctors often don't have the time necessary to assess the headache. It is often a very good idea to do a complete physical exam and assess the pain, its frequency and location,  other symptoms and possible contributing factors which may include food allergies, and toxic chemicals.

Aside from trauma and poisons, headaches can stem from numerous causes including stress, eyestrain, hunger, fever, underlying infections or illnesses, or blood vessel disturbances in the head. Also muscle tension in the neck, head, back or shoulders usually due to fatigue or stress. Infections of the ears, mouth or sinuses; high blood pressure; glaucoma; allergies; brain tumors or abscesses; some drugs and various foods; and QUITE often, bad breathing.

Most of the suspects such as MSG, an often allergenic food additive, chocolate, ripe cheeses, freshly baked yeast products, contain a naturally occurring chemical called tyramine, which may constrict blood vessels in the brain.

Some headaches are a sign of a serious medical condition. The headache council recommends you contract your doctor if:

  • Your headache is accompanied by a stiff neck, fever, shortness of breath, dizziness, drowsiness, severe vomiting, unsteadiness, weakness, slurred speech,  numbness, tingling, or unexpected symptoms affecting your eyes, ears, nose or throat.
  • You have three or more headaches a week.
  • You take a pain reliever daily or almost daily.
  • You take more than recommended doses of over-the-counter medications.
  • Your headaches are triggered by exertion, coughing, bending or sex.
  • Your headache keeps worsening and won't go away.
  • Your headaches began after age 50.
  • Your headaches began after a head injury.

Any of the above imply possible UDB or more clearly stated: insufficiently developed and balanced breathing mechanics, patterning and coordination.

Yawning
Yawning may be a sign you’re fatigued oxygen-deprived. When you’re tired, under stress and sitting for too long, shallow breathing limits your oxygen supply. Consequently, a yawn brings in a deep breath of air in an instant. Yawning may also be a sign that an oxygen-deprivation headache is imminent. It can also be when you simply need to balance the CO2/O2 relationship.  I have seen people in my sessions yawn as their breathing improved and got deeper and easier; they were energized, not sleepy.

People who frequently snore when they sleep, sleep facedown or sleep in poorly ventilated areas are susceptible to getting cluster headaches that result from restricted levels of oxygen. In these cases, oxygen from an oxygen source may cut short the beginning of a cluster headache. Research shows that breathing in oxygen may cut the incidence of cluster headaches by up to 80 percent.

Lack of oxygen, caused by poor breathing or breath obstruction, is one of the hidden, yet most direct, causes of headaches. High chest breathing pattern is another strong creator of headaches. That is why relief from head pain may be only a few breaths away.

Oxygen is the most vital element you need to live. Without air, we die fairly quickly. Indeed, life begins with a breath and a cry and ends with a final exhalation.  But most rarely fill our lungs and instead shallow breathe or breath to fast and high chest. .

Things to help staving off headaches.

* Keep your work, social and sleep areas well ventilated.

* Sleep on a pillow that is not too fluffy, and don’t let it cover your nose when you sleep.

* Sleep on your back or side.

* Use sinuclenz  to help prevent obstructed breathing while sleeping.

* Make it a habit to take about a dozen slow, deep breaths each hour, or as often as possible.

* Eat a mucus-free diet (avoid dairy and processed foods) which reduces phlegm.

* Control humidity to below 45% or less to 30%

Breathing Development

Deep breathing is truly relaxing. Its benefits help prevent vascular headaches, and they help you feel good about your health. So relax, breathe deeply and enjoy your expanded health horizons.

The shortcoming of these methods is that they treat headache symptoms after they have occurred, rather than preventing them from arising in the first place. But the more you train your breathing to be in balance the less your headaches may occur. Blood vessel constriction from stress, muscle tension unbalanced deep breathing and  high blood pressure causing headaches can often be offset  actively by breathing in a certain way to stimulate a balanced deeper relaxation response.  If this exercise works even a little then we suggest you develop your breathing to make that calming action stronger and more dependable.  Recommended program

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The breathing improvement techniques, practices and products outlined in this publication are extremely gentle, and should, if carried out as described, be beneficial
to your overall physical and psychological health. If you have any serious medical or psychological problem, however, such as heart disease, high blood pressure,
cancer, mental illness, or recent abdominal or chest surgery, you should consult your health professional before undertaking these practices.

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