The way we breath can affect our overall wellbeing

Ideally we should breath through our nose 8-12 times/minute, with our tongue resting on our palate.

Our nose is designed to filter, warm and humidify the air we breathe.

We swallow 2000/day ideally our tongue resting on the roof of our mouth. In this way our upper jaw may develop to its full potential with enough room for our lower jaw and for all 32 teeth that nature has provided us.

If we breathe through our mouth, our breathing is dysfunctional. Our upper and lower jaws may not develop to their full potential, the air will not be filtered,  and our posture can also be affected.

Often overlooked, yet imbalances in the way we breathe affects body chemistry and blood pH, the first step in all diseases 


  • Less than 5% of people breathe efficiently. They over breathe through the mouth, rather than slowly through the nose to warm, filter and humidify the air.

  • Ideally we should breathe 8-12 breaths/minute, through our nose and from the diaphragm

  • Dysfunctional breathing results in a lower carbon dioxide level

  • Carbon dioxide is the critical factor in ensuring that oxygen is released by our red blood cells and helps energise every cell in your body.

  • Incorrect breathing SIGNIFICANTLY lowers carbon dioxide levels and reduces oxygen supply to your cells.

  • Low carbon dioxide levels mean that the haemoglobin in our blood does not release the oxygen throughout the body , which may result in feeling like you have less energy

  • Bigger and deeper breaths actually REDUCE the amount of oxygen that is available – not increase it.

  • Breathing in through the NOSE and out through the MOUTH is the wrong way to breathe.

  • Dysfunctional breathing makes the body more acidic and prone to dental problems

  • Dysfunctional breathing can result in narrower upper and lower jaws resulting in crowding of teeth

  • Incorrect breathing can affect every one of the body’s eleven functional systems and may cause everything from night-time trips to the toilet to crooked teeth and narrow jaws in children.

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