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Over Breathing

Breathing means making proper use of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Did you know that CO2 is NOT poisonous? Did you know that CO2 is necessary for breathing to take place? Did you know that CO2 is precious and essential to your health and performance? Did you know that you exhale only about 15% of the CO2 entering the lungs (at rest)? Did you know that if you exhale too much CO2 you may be in creating serious problems for yourself? (overbreathing!)

Proper use of CO2 is about regulating acid-base physiology.
CO2 regulates the pH levels of extracellular body fluids, like blood and cerebrospinal fluid; regulates electrolyte balance: like sodium and potassium, blood flow to the brain and to the heart, and all tissues and cells of the body. The kidneys need CO2 to regeneration bicarbonate ions. And CO2 is required for proper delivery of oxygen and nitric oxide (for vasodilation) by hemoglobin. CO2 deficiency in the blood or at the end of respiration is known as hypocapnia or overbreathing.

Some of the physiological changes include:

• reduced blood flow and volume in the brain (up to 50%)
• oxygen and glucose deficit in the brain
• alteration of hemoglobin chemistry
• reduced supply of nitric oxide (vasoconstriction)
• reduced coronary artery blood volume and flow
• bronchial constriction in the lungs
• smooth muscle constriction in the gut
• electrolyte imbalance, including sodium, potassium, and calcium
• buffer system compromises, bicarbonates
• muscle fatigue, weakness, spasm, and pain
• Increased excitability and metabolism of brain cells
• Intracellular (lactic) acidosis in brain and other cells

CO2 deficit can result in profound physical and mental changes.
Disturbing pH and electrolyte balance, by exhaling too much CO2, may have immediate and long-term effects that trigger, make worst, continue, and/or cause a wide variety of emotional (anxiety, anger, panic attacks,), cognitive (attention, learning), behavioral (public speaking, test taking), and physical (pain, asthma, complications in birthing) changes that may seriously impact your health and performance.

Here are some short-term solutions:
Many people become trapped in vicious circle overbreathing behavior. They may misinterpret their symptoms as verification of their misconceptions about breathing in general, and especially of their suspicions, expectations, and beliefs about their own breathing and its consequences. The misconceived solution of faster and/or deeper breathing leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy and a worsening of symptoms, emotions, and deficits. People are often resolute about their "underbreathing," for example, based on convincing personal evidence: breathlessness, chest tightness, dizziness, and overall struggle to breathe in general. This kind of deregulated pattern may result in episodic crises which may require immediate short-term management:

• Exhale completely, but not forcibly.
• Extend the transition times from exhale to inhale.
• Breathe with your diaphragm, if possible.
• Breathe slowly, but NOT deeply.
• Breathe through your nose.
• Breathe gently and as quietly as possible.
• Stop negative thoughts about your breathing.
• Think embracing thoughts about people, circumstances, and events.
• Translate anxiety into excitement
• Use earplugs, and listen to your breathing. Make it absolutely as quiet as possible.
• Walk hard, or do other exercise, to create additional amounts of CO2.
• Do the above with a paper bag, if desired. (NOTE: Do NOT use a paper bag if O2 content is below normal, e.g., anemia.)

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