Home
 Overview
 Free Breathing Test
 Free Newsletter
 Store
 Office Visits
 Practitioner Trainings
 Voice Clinic
 Seminars
 Articles
  * Articles Index by
      Category

  * Articles Index A-M
  * Articles Index N-Z
  * Allergies
  * Anxiety, Panic, & Stress
  * Asthma
  * Breathing Development
     and Rehabilitation

  * Breathing Education
     and Research

  * Breathing Measurement
     Instruments

  * Breathing Mechanics
  * Breathing Methods
     and Breathing Work

  * Breathing Problems
     and Dysfunction

  * Children's Health
  * Chronic Illnesses
  * Emotional Issues
  * Energy
  * Environment, Pollution,
     and Toxins

  * Exercise and Athletics
  * General Health
  * Holistic Medicine and
     Alternative Modalities

  * Internal Cleansing
  * Lung Diseases
     and Ailments

  * Men's Health
  * Mental Health & Function
  * Miscellaneous
  * North Carolina
  * Nutrition and Digestion
  * Personal Growth
     and Life Skills

  * Physical Pain
  * Posture and Ergonomics
  * Relaxation
  * Respiratory Chemistry
  * Singing, Speaking,
     and Voice

  * Sleep and Sleep Apnea
  * Smoking and Other
     Substance Abuse

  * Spirituality
  * Traditional Medicine
  * Weight Loss and Obesity
  * Women's Health
 Health Q & A
 Health Tips
 Testimonials
 Miscellaneous
 Affiliate Program
 Contact Us
 About Us
 Links

 

 

 

.

How much air do people breathe?
How much air should people breathe?

I received a phone call from an oil company researcher asking how much air do people breathe. They make gasoline and asphalt. Reminded me of  a line from a Joni Mitchell song that went  “they paved paradise and put in a parking lot”.

How much air we breathe in is, as a statistic just by itself, risks being extremely misleading. The answer would move around somewhere between a per breath 1/2 liter in quiet breathing to 6 liters for a tall singing base baritone depending on height, weight, posture, parents genes (big lungs, small lungs, small bones vs big bones, activity quality and intensity) cellular condition, chemistry, emotions, breathing skill level, thinking processes and more. Not a great way to get any real clear conclusions.

How much air we take in is primarily in the relationship of lung volume, breathing rate, balance. How much we get into our cells is another matter as chemistry alters that. 

Most people breathe at 12 breaths per minute.  This is in itself unhealthy because it overtaxes the breathing system and increases the oxygen cost of breathing. Others say the regardless of rate, breathing chemistry must be within certain carbon dioxide oxygen ratios.

Regardless of chemistry, I recommend 4-7 breaths per minute.  6 breaths would be half the 12 breaths and simply stated would most often reduce the intake of bad air by half. The bottom line is if you breathe slower, relaxed, and efficiently, the improved chemistry allows for more O2 to the cells. With the slower breath you breathe in less pollutants and your nervous system stays less taxed. 

If you can breathe and feel a relaxed energy with only 6 breaths per minute your lungs are probably a lot larger in relationship to your body and or more efficient then the person needing 12 breaths per minute.  When your breathing chemistry is developed to the degree that internally you stay pretty much within a good "window" or internal carbon dioxide/oxygen balance you may take in even MORE breaths and more pollutants but still have good "chemistry" and the better chemistry will help you neutralize pollutants.

If your resting breath rate is 4-6 per minute you are probably breathing at a fifth to a third of your maximum volume and barring a sudden or extreme need for energy, do not need to use all the volume to perform adequately. This is similar to a large engine car with a top end of 180 MPH. traveling along in cruise control doing 60 MPH.

This is why I counsel people to develop their breathing to make their volume as large as possible but still in ease and balance.

If you do not breathe deeply AND easily enough you compromise EVERY body and cellular function you have.  As stated previously, a lower breathing rate, if it is NOT high chest or manipulated by holding it back, generally indicates larger, deeper, easier breathing.  Your breathing rate and quality, whether it is high chest or abdominal (front, side and back) is a primary feedback system for sensing how stressed you are. People that can not breathe slower will always breathe in more bad air, regardless of their activity. Plus they will be overtaxing/overstimulating the fight flight aspect of their autonomic nervous system causing unnecessary stresses. People that can breathe slower have the option to breathe in less pollutants and the slower breathing enables them to better handle the stresses of the pollutants in the first place because that saved oxygen-cost-of-breathing gets used in more constructive cellular tasking.  People that might breathe slower are generally in better physical condition, but not necessarily; singers or woodwind players who are couch potatoes and or frequenting bars and tobacco smoke for instance.

Other primary issues are your cellular health and how well you are uptaking oxygen. These factors are strongly influenced by diet, digestion, nutrient absorption, waste elimination, UDB and toxic buildup.

Breathing volume, efficiency, training and cellular strength are significantly interdependent. An opera singer could have great breathing volume but not be in very good physical condition nor have a great diet nor have good breathing chemistry. The upshot of that is all other things being equal they will probably be more prone to a heart condition then someone with the good diet, and lessened stress of the strong forces necessary for classical singing. Optimal would be to have all of volume, diet, digestion and physical conditioning. But the physical conditioning has its own goals that may negate volume due to need for physical strength. Massive muscles tend to limit breathing volume. Regardless of anything else, 7 liters is better then 4,3,2,or less liters. The Framingham Study proved that 25 years ago. 

How much air should we breathe?  
There is a direct relationship between breathing and aliveness. Breath is life. I maintain that shallow breathers live less life then optimal breathers. Shallow breathers agree with me. Overbreathing is a relatively new term. I believe it is mostly based on UDB.

If you are more active in a polluted environment I suggest you stay inside and make sure your surroundings have plenty of clean oxygen rich air, negative ion generation, oxygenized water to drink, zero toxic out-gassing and at least 75% of uncooked living organic foods that still have their vitamins, minerals, fats, soluble and insoluble fiber, natural enzymes, O2 and H2O2 content intact.

POLLUTION
To locate local polluters by zip code to see if you are in need of a safer breathing environment.  I stopped riding my bike and now use the stationary bike in the gym and read books and magazines while using my oxygen concentrator instead of being in the out of doors.  This is partly sad but at least constructive until the air gets clean enough, which in my area is, at least, on occasion. Thanks in part to organizations like the www.canarycoalition.com the air is slowly getting better.

Meanwhile you can take our breathing development seriously and get energetic and strong enough to help us clean up the environment and learn to enjoy more the natural things like fresh air, clean water, sunshine and the organic non-genetically engineered food that God gave us to start with.

How good is YOUR breathing?  Take our Free Breathing Test or attend or sponsor our Seminar on Breathing. 

I really would not worry about breathing too much oxygen unless is it is from overbreathing.  The problem is getting too LITTLE oxygen.  Learn to develop your breathing and get as much oxygen as you will ever need, naturally. Once you know how to get it, it is FREE. Fundamentals of Breathing Development program #176.

Refer this page to up to 25 friends
Receive our FREE report on the Benefits of Better Breathing
 From (e-mail):
 To (e-mail): Up to 25 addresses. Add a comma(,) after each email address. Exclude person's name. Email address only.
 Subject:
 Your name:
 Message: Use this message or one of your own
Security :
5 + 3
Please enter sum of above.
   

 

Optimal Breathing 
Mastery Kit

Private one on one+ training in Charlotte

Practitioner group training

The Breathing Store

Oxygen Enhanced Exercise and Rest
 


Smart phone Droid
short-form Breathing Tests
"breathing test" are the key words.
The icon
Long  form test

The Optimal Breathing Times 

Free Email Newsletter

Subscribe now

The Optimal Breathing Store 
Products and self-help program sets

Browse our catalog

"Breathing is the FIRST place not the LAST place one should investigate when any disordered energy presents itself."

Sheldon Saul Hendler, MD Ph.D., The Oxygen Breakthrough


"He who breathes most air lives most life."

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
 


"Mike's Optimal Breathing teachings should be incorporated into the physical exam taught in medical schools as well as other allied physical and mental health programs, particularly education, and speech, physical, and respiratory therapy."

Dr. Danielle Rose, MD, NMD, SEP
 

.
 

Smart phone Droid
short-form Breathing Tests
"breathing test" are the key words.
The icon
Long  form test

The Optimal Breathing Times 

Free Email Newsletter

Subscribe now

The Optimal Breathing Store 
Products and self-help program sets

Browse our catalog

"Breathing is the FIRST place not the LAST place one should investigate when any disordered energy presents itself."

Sheldon Saul Hendler, MD Ph.D., The Oxygen Breakthrough


"He who breathes most air lives most life."

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
 


Several Marathons has inspired quite a few runners to use our breathing kit, looking to increase their breathing strength & endurance. This is on top of their fitness training programs. Having a major tune-up to re-establish energy-efficient breathing patterns has been of enormous benefit to both elite and recreational runners - young middle and old.


 



Home


Overview


Free Breathing Test


Free Newsletter


Store


Office Visits


Practitioner Trainings


Voice Clinic


Seminars


Articles


Health Q & A


Health Tips


Testimonials


Miscellaneous


Affiliate Program


Contact Us


About Us


Links

mike@breathing.com  1820 Sunhaven Ct, Charlotte, NC, 28262 USA
USA Toll-Free Phone: 866 MY INHALE (866.694.6425)  International Phone:
1 704.597.6775  Fax: 704.597.3927

© Copyright 1997-. All text and images on this web site are protected by international copyright laws and may only be used by consent of Michael Grant White.

Terms & Conditions   |   Privacy Policy  |   Return Policy  |   Translate  |   Currency Converting  |   Report Deadlink  |   How can we better serve you?

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.

.