Why I Don’t Take Deep Breath

Majid Ali, M.D.

I do not take deep breaths. Why don’t I do so? For a simple reason: deep breaths tight my chest muscles, speed up my heart, tighten arteries, add some adrenaline to my blood. The result of that is less oxygen for my body.

I anticiopate your response: There is something wrong with what you say. Everyone wlse tells me that I should take a deep breath when I need more air. Yes, you do get more air in your lungs but that does not mean more oxygen for your body. Here is something else you need to know. Carbon dioxide travels from capillaries in the lungs to the air sacs in the lungs at about twenty times the speed of oxygen moving in the opposite direction. This explains whuy all the benefits of breathing come from slow exhalation.

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