A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about why it's important for diabetics to keep their pH in the alkaline range. Deep breathing can help you do this. Your tissues will become more oxygenated, your pH will shift more toward the alkaline side, and you will become less insulin resistant.
If your body is more acidic, you will be much more prone to a multitude of diseases including diabetes. In order to reverse diabetes, it is very important to keep your tissues more oxygenated and more on the alkaline side.
Besides adding more oxygen in your tissues, deep breathing reduces stress as well. This helps also puts your body in a state where reversing diabetes becomes much easier. Remember, that if you have too much stress, you will produce too much cortisol, one of the worst things for a diabetic as it causes insulin resistance.
So, while deep breathing doesn't cure diabetes, it makes it easier for your body to heal itself.
Deep breathing is also sometimes called "abdominal breathing" or "belly breathing" because you want your belly and abdomen to be moving up and down when you deep breath. Sometimes it is also called diaphragmatic breathing because moving your belly allows your diaphragm to expand much more and allow more air into your lungs while you deeply breathe.
Many studies have shown that more than 90 percent of all people don't breath in a healthy way. They only fill about 50 percent of their lung air capacity. This is because they breath mostly in the top of their lungs. The goal of deep breathing is to fill more of the lungs with air, and in doing so, to reach the bottom of the lungs. This will fill your body with a flood of refreshing oxygen.
Deep breathing is quite easy but it may take a bit of practice. Here's the basic procedure:
Lie on your back or sit straight up in a chair with your shoulders back and maintaining good posture. When I really want to relax, I prefer to lie on my back to do my deep breathing exercises but I also find doing a minute or two of deep breathing exercises every hour when working at the computer siting in a chair makes a world of difference too.
Place one hand on your chest and the other hand on your belly. SLOWLY take deep breaths by first raising your abdomen, then inflating your rib cage, and then allowing your chest to rise up. Hold this for a couple of seconds and then SLOWLY release the air out in the opposite direction - chest first, then ribcage, then abdomen. Repeat this at least 1-2 minutes or for longer sessions. This is better than any medicine you could take. It will also help you sleep better. In fact, when I have trouble falling asleep, I often use this technique and I usually fall right to sleep afterward.
Deep breathing can really help prepare your body to be more responsive to the techniques and dietary changes you make to reverse diabetes. To learn detailed information on how to reverse diabetes based on scientific research, please click on this link and watch the entire video.