Breathe deep and well to live full

Abdominal Breathing (Tanden Breathing)Synergy Nutrition

In a sense, most of us breathe incorrectly. Even when someone tells you to take a deep breath, you probably only inhale into the upper part of your lungs. This does not allow your body to get the maximum amount of oxygen into your lungs. The basic breathing technique comes from abdominal breathing. Abdominal breathing is called “Tanden breathing” in Zen Yoga. The Tanden is a psychic center of the body and central to the secret techniques for all Oriental martial arts. When you develop your Tanden, you tap into a source of great power.

Remember that your mind and your breathing are always directly related to each other. Usually when you are calm and relaxed, your breathing is very deep and slow. When you are confused, “freaked out”, or upset, your breath is shallow and fast.

Everyone actually breathes properly at certain times:

In deep sleep you are unconsciously doing deep abdominal breathing

In meditation and yoga we learn to breathe properly

Directions for Tanden breathing:

When you inhale, your stomach/abdomen goes out

When you exhale, your stomach/abdomen goes in

Always try to make the exhale longer than the inhale for best results. Abdominal breathing is easy to master and is the fundamental technique for all forms of meditation, yoga, martial arts, and spiritual practices. So everyone should make an effort to master this type of breathing. By correcting your breath (making it deep and slow), you can make your mind steady and relaxed. You can practice this wherever you are, at any time except right after eating or in heavily polluted air. Just as blood removes impurities from the body, proper deep breathing removes impurities from the blood, mind and spirit. Regulating our breath balances our entire lives.

Food for thought

In today’s news: More fruit and vegetables are to be added to ready meals in a new drive to help people eat more healthily.

In my opinion, there are other ways to encourage individuals to eat healthy instead of encouraging people to opt for ready made meals and fast food meals and to make these healthier. Less and less time and resources are being spent on going back to the basics- cookery classes and educating children on health and nutrition in schools for example. More adults and children could benefit from preparing simple meals from scratch from good quality ingredients. The majority of people are not consuming nutrient dense food and this is what is leading people to become ill and sick.The emphasis is on ‘low fat’ this and ‘fat-free’ that… but this is not the key to healthy eating either as FAT’s are crucial in our diet!!  It is a hindrance that price of foods, especially fruit, veg and organic produce can be costly for some and so many individuals sacrifice quality over quantity. Unfortunately it does and will cost us to be healthy. We need to eat more vegetables to get the same amount of nutrients they did back in the 195o’s, when there was less industrialisation and the soil’s were also nutrient denser. Despite the government’s promoting of ‘being more healthy’ the irony is they get richer and benefit more from the mass population being unhealthy!

A snippet from the article below is copied below.

Participating supermarkets will expand their fruit and vegetable sections and make the produce more appealing to children under the latest Responsibility Deal pledge. It aims to increase the number of people hitting their “five a day” target after a study found 70% are failing to meet the recommended daily requirement. Aldi has pledged to boost the amount of store space dedicated to fresh produce and promote discounted fruit and vegetable lines, Iceland will increase promotions and deals, Lidl will rebrand its entire range to make it more appealing to children and Subway will launch a new campaign fronted by athletes Louis Smith and Anthony Ogogo for low-fat and salad options.

Others who have signed up to the pledge include Co-operative Food, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, General Mills, Mars and the British Frozen Food Federation. The move comes as a YouGov survey of more than 2,000 people for Sainsbury’s revealed that 23% of Britons think chips count as vegetables, while almost half think the same of roast potatoes. Just over one-third said they did not have time to eat the recommended amount and a fifth said fruit and vegetables were too expensive.



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