We know the importance of deep or diaphragmatic breathing to better our performance in regular chores and sports activities and balance our psychological health. But what is diaphragmatic breathing? Movements of the upper abdomen, mid-back and lower ribs expand and contract with every breath you inhale during diaphragmatic breathing. While in belly breathing, your abdomen is the only part that contracts and expands, not sending enough oxygen to your blood and body parts to function better. Thus, you can understand the importance of diaphragmatic breathing.

Some of the other benefits of diaphragmatic breathing include managing post-traumatic stress disorder, lowering heart rate, blood pressure, stress hormones cortisol, enhancing overall immunity, strengthening the core muscles, and many more. Learn more benefits of diaphragmatic breathing and techniques that you can easily incorporate into your daily life and exercise routine. Suzanne Smith, MSN, NP, CMT-P, associated with the Integrative Digestive Health and Wellness Program in the UCLA Melvin and Bren Simon Digestive Diseases Center, discusses the benefits and demonstrates exercises of diaphragmatic breathing in this video.

Diaphragmatic Breathing and its Benefits

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