For a stronger immune system: Breathe
With the recent virus scare, many are wondering how to boost their immune system. You knew exactly what we would recommend, of course – deep breathing! But here’s the science behind how Oxycise will actually help your body stay in good health, and help to fight off viruses or diseases as they come…
“Oxygen plays a pivotal role in the proper functioning of the immune system. We can look at oxygen deficiency as the single greatest cause of all diseases.”Stephen Levine, molecular biologist and geneticist, and Dr. Paris M. Kidd, Ph.D., “Antioxidant Adaptation”
The lymphatic system is kind of like the body’s sewage system, it’s a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins and waste. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body, attacking bacteria in the blood. This makes it a major component of the body’s immune system.
Every cell in your body is surrounded by lymph. Like the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system is made up of channels, valves and filters, or nodes. But the lymphatic system has no pump to move lymph throughout the lymph vessels. Instead, the lymphatic system depends on muscular movement, simple gravity and BREATHING to move lymph fluid throughout the body.
Jack Shields, M.D., a lymphologist from Santa Barbara, California, conducted a study on the effects of breathing on the lymphatic system. Using cameras inside the body, he found that deep, diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the cleansing of the lymph system by creating a vacuum effect which sucks the lymph through the bloodstream. This increases the rate of toxic elimination by as much as fifteen times the normal rate.
Here’s how the lymph system works: Blood is pumped from your heart through your arteries to the thin, porous capillaries. The blood carries nutrients and oxygen to the capillaries, where they are diffused into this fluid around the cells called lymph. The cells take nutrients and oxygen for their health and then excrete toxins, some of which go back into the capillaries. But dead cells, blood proteins, and other toxic material must be removed by the lymphatic system.
The body’s cells depend on the lymphatic system as the only way to drain off large toxic materials and excess fluid, which restrict the amount of oxygen that the cells are able to absorb. The fluid passes through the lymph nodes, where dead cells and all other poisons except blood proteins are destroyed and neutralized. If the lymphatic system was totally shut down for 24 hours, you would die as the result of trapped blood proteins and excess fluid around the cells.
The lymph collected throughout the body drains into the blood through 2 ducts located at the base of the neck, ultimately ending up in the thoracic duct. Breathing drives this action. If you take a deep breath and exhale deeply, you’re massaging the thoracic duct upward into the neck so that the fluid flows abundantly. This duct empties the lymph into the veins, where it becomes part of the blood plasma. From there, the lymph returns to the liver for metabolization, and finally to the kidneys for filtering.
Twice as much lymph as blood is present in our bodies, and we have twice as many lymph vessels as blood vessels. One of the keys to health is to keep your lymphatic system open and flowing freely. The lymphatic system is just as essential to your body as the bloodstream!
In summary: Deep, diaphragmatic breathing is essential for keeping your immune-boosting lymphatic system working efficiently to rid your body of toxins and fight bacteria. Help your lymphatic system work even better with Oxycise!