I’ve been wanting to put this together for a while. I finally did yesterday after I got a call from someone who was interested in one of our Buteyko Breathing Technique courses but didn’t want to pay for it because she belongs to Kaiser Permanente, a health-maintenance organization that offers more-or-less comprehensive health care for a monthly price. Here goes:
#1 The cost of learning breathing retraining is probably a fraction of the cost of drugs a person might need to manage chronic respiratory conditions over a lifetime.
I am not a licensed health-care professional and talking about medication is not within my scope AT ALL. However, this is my personal story: I have had asthma since I was 4, and at the time I learned Buteyko Breathing when I was 46 I was purchasing one steroid and one reliever inhaler per month. After I paid my Blue Cross prescription deductible of $600 for the year, I still had to pay $70 a month for inhalers the rest of the year. Now I haven’t purchased a reliever inhaler in long time and I take much less steroid. I buy 4-5 a year, and I was completely off it for almost a year until my daughter begged me to get a cat again and I needed more support until I get my morning control pause to 40 and then 60-my goal. So I am personally saving at least $700 a year in money I used to spend on medication that I no longer need. ( I’m not alone. For more examples check out the Buteyko Breathing Educators Association list of medical trials and clinical studies.)
This doesn’t even get into the cost of over-the-counter products people buy routinely that may become unnecessary with attention to breathing: allergy and cold medicine, nasal strips for snorers, etc.
Speaking of snoring, I read recently that many new homes and hotels are being built with “snoring rooms” off the master bedroom. I know of couples who live separately because of the snoring issue. That’s a tremendous additional expense.
#2 If you would pay a personal trainer or join a gym, breathing retraining is another wellness initiative with a huge potential upside and the expense is not even ongoing. By practicing breathing retraining you are strengthening your respiratory system, just like you strengthen your muscles when you hire a coach. Once your respiratory fitness has increased, you will be breathing easier, may have more energy and might consider attempting physical challenges you would not have considered before. It’s hard to put a price on that!
#3 You can expect to eat less and need less coffee when you breathe more efficiently. People who breathe optimally have more energy because the food they eat is more easily metabolized. Cell respiration will be aerobic, not anaerobic – yielding three times more energy.
#4 Optimal breathing increases blood flow to the brain. How much more work could you get done -- and what would the financial benefits be -- if you were thinking more clearly? Buteyko Breathing increases retention of carbon dioxide in the body, which is a vaso-dilator. More blood in the brain means more glucose (its main fuel source), oxygen and other nutrients.
Anything I've left out?
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