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Breathing Tips To Fight A Cold

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Friday, October 4, 2013 Under: Breathing Retraining
When you feel a cold coming on, you may already have a regimen of activities to stave it off.  Try these lesser-known breathing guidelines too. 
  • Keep your breathing calm, slow and light by exercising less, talking less and eating less.
  • Do some breath-hold exercises for a period.  Some options are:
    • Suspend your breath for one second after every breath.
    • Suspend your breath for a couple seconds after a couple breaths.
    • Experiment with other breath-holding exercises you might have heard of, like Dr. Andrew Weil's 4-7-8, in which you inhale for four seconds, hold for seven and exhale for eight.
  • Breathe through your nose all the time and keep your mouth closed.  The nose filters nasty stuff that will go straight into the respiratory system if it enters via the mouth.
  • When you move, don't go any faster than you can manage breathing through your nose.  Keep to that pace. 
  • Rest more, drink more.
Hunkering down for a short period will pay off in the long run.



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