Healthy Lifestyle
January 23, 2019

Practise breathing to improve your health

Breathing is an automatic process driven by the part of your brain that controls other life-sustaining functions like your heartbeat and sleeping patterns. Learning to breathe correctly can benefit your immune system by optimising oxygenation; the addition of oxygen in your body. It can also help to lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and balance your nervous system. By paying careful attention to your breathing and breathing at a different pace, it is possible to engage different parts of the brain. Controlled breathing A 2017 study found that controlling your breathing calms your brain. Researchers stumbled on the neural circuit…

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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
August 9, 2018

How your breathing affects your workout

Did you know you can improve your health just by learning how to breathe properly? Correct breathing improves your health and fitness by optimising oxygenation (the addition of oxygen in your body), lowering your blood pressure, reducing stress and balancing your nervous systems. Breathing properly can also help lower the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, and release mood-boosting hormones like serotonin. This can improve your athletic performance, mental focus and enhance brain health. Are you breathing correctly? During your workout, breathe through your nose to help you improve performance, endurance, post-exercise energy levels, and even your ability to metabolise fat.…

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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
July 23, 2016

One minute wellness – Handle hyperventilating the right way

Hyperventilation, or experiencing fast and shallow breaths, can be caused by a number of different things, the most common cause though is a panic attack. And, like a bandage for a cut or a crutch for a broken leg, a brown paper bag is the trusted medical symbol for it – you’ve even seen it in cartoons and the movies. But why a brown bag? (more…)

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February 15, 2016

Keep calm and breathe! Three tips for airtight asthma control

For an asthmatic, breathing can be hard work, but it doesn’t have to be. A few simple changes each day keep huffing and puffing away! (more…)

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Chest & Lung
January 10, 2016

Are hiccups dangerous?

Hic...hic…hiccuu…what was that? The smart name is singultus, but you and I call them hiccups. We laugh at hiccups when they happen to puppies, or babies, but it’s really annoying when hiccups happen to us! (more…)

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Chest & Lung
October 14, 2015

What kind of cough is that?

Been coughing for a while? Maybe it's time to start paying attention to the type of cough you have! Although a cough is merely a symptom of an underlying medical condition, the type of cough you have can definitely give some helpful clues as to the possible cause... (more…)

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