How the Simple Act of Breathing Can Help Your Digestion


Yoga poses and deep breathing increase blood flow and oxygen to your digestive tract, helping to eliminate gas, bloating, discomfort, and other symptoms of inefficient digestion. A daily dose of probiotics, from one of Body Ecology’s ready-made probiotic beverages like Passion Fruit Biotic, can also help to keep digestion on track.

Deep breath in, and deep breath out. There, don’t you feel more relaxed?

How Breathing Helps Digestion

Deep breathing can greatly assist in calming down your body and mind. It’s re-energizing and soothing, but did you know that it also aids in digestion?

70 million Americans suffer from digestive diseases, but deep breathing – and the intake of oxygen – can help. Your body uses oxygen to create energy, so plenty of oxygen is essential for optimum health. A lack of oxygen can cause discomfort, shortness of breath and lead to severe physical sickness.1 Just think of high-altitude mountain climbing – a lack of oxygen contributes to a whole host of nasty symptoms!

Deep breathing can greatly improve your health in numerous ways, such as:

  • Allowing your body to create more energy, leading to less exhaustion
  • Easier elimination of waste products and toxins, so that your metabolism can work more efficiently
  • Better, more restful sleep
  • Improved muscles, joints, and circulation of oxygen to all of your body
  • Balanced and stable blood sugar levels

In addition to deep breathing, yoga poses can also be beneficial in reducing bloating, cramping and gas. Yoga increases blood flow to your digestive tract and encourages intestinal action so that digestion becomes more efficient. And, in general, yoga and yogic breathing is calming, which is helpful in relaxing your digestive system. 2

Are congestion and sinus problems limiting your ability to breathe properly?

Before you can focus on deep breathing or yoga, you may need to cleanse your nasal passages. These days, too many people are stuffed up and don’t even know it until their nasal passages are cleared!

The good news is, there’s a technique that ancient Ayurvedic medicine practitioners, modern day doctors and even Oprah Winfrey agree upon: using a neti pot. A neti pot is a small device that looks a bit like Aladdin’s lamp or a tiny watering can. Combined with water and sea salt, a neti pot can help irrigate nasal passages to clear your nasal passages.

Neti pots are also great for preventing problems such as nasal infections, as well. Our pick for the most effective neti pot is the one from Health and Yoga .

Neti pots provide a powerful resolution to common ear, nose and throat ailments, using a saline wash. The cleansing helps with:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis and sinus infections
  • Asthma
  • Colds and the flu

The Ultimate Key to Digestive Health

Along with deep breathing and Neti pots, you can create ultimate digestive health with probiotics. Probiotics have been found in numerous studies to ease digestive stress, more efficiently absorb nutrients from your food, balance hormones, and boost your energy and immunity.

If you’ve a part of the Body Ecology “tribe” you know by now that we highly recommend you learn to ferment your own food. You’ll find it fun and easy to make delicious cultured vegetables and milk or young coconut kefir using our Starter Cultures. In addition to these, a daily dose of potent probiotics can be obtained from Body Ecology’s excellent selection of convenient ready-made probiotic beverages.

Your digestive health is at the core of your total health. A high-functioning gut will serve you well and help fight against all kinds of illness, both physical and mental. To enhance your wellness, take time for deep breathing every day!


  1. “Breathing your way to health,” http://www.improving-health-and-energy.com/breathing-your-way-to-health.html
  2. “Fitness Articles, Yoga & Meditation, Improve Digestion with yoga,” http://www.womenfitness.net/digestionyoga.htm
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