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Back to Basics: Why Do We Breathe?

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Under: Breathing Retraining

 

Breathing brings in the oxygen necessary to metabolize the food we eat.

Because energy production is a nearly constant activity in the cells, breathing is nearly constant too.

Oxygen is transported to the cells via hemoglobin in blood.  However if a person is hyperventilating, or breathing too much, the hemoglobin gets sticky and won’t release the oxygen it’s carrying.  It’s part of a complex relationship between oxygen and carbon dioxide you can read more about here if you like. The cells then engage in anaerobic rather than aerobic respiration and create about one-third the energy they would have with oxygen to help.  That’s why fatigue is often a symptom alongside respiratory disorders.

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