“To keep tampering with the earth’s most abundant resource (food) is like reinventing the wheel, it’s insanely inefficient.” — Suzanna Aaring 2014
Dr Buteyko discovered a revolutionary secret to breathing better. Although of course nose breathing techniques are not news (yoga, qi gong, etc.) Dr. Buteyko proved them to be true scientifically. His research provides a starting point for explaining why we can improve the ventilatory respiratory quotient of the lungs. While people are beginning to realize the power the breath has to restore health and vitality, the surface of what’s possible has only just been scratched, here’s my response to a recent article by Dr. Mercola (view link).
Until we identify exactly what pattern of breathing and movement supplies all tissues evenly with just the right amount of oxygen regardless of exercise speed, intensity, or duration, we miss the mark. We either hypo-ventilate producing an alkalotic state that wastes energy because oxygen supply exceeds demand, such as breathing faster while sitting still. Or if we’re moving faster than we’re breathing hyperventilation kicks in to catch up (demand exceeds supply). All that huffing and puffing during exercise is commonly thought of as overbreathing, however the opposite is actually happening, a lack of oxygen is making blood pH acidic, that’s why you’re hyperventilating. Hyperventilation itself isn’t a bad thing, it’s critical as a default survival mechanism during exercise, that when suppressed, can cause more harm than good.
Yes the drop in CO2 and pH levels does have a depressive effect on the neural and immune systems. As long as you exhale completely, nose breathing does help the lungs to absorb oxygen, and breath holding does help create a high altitude training effect that conditions lung capacity over time, but this isn’t nearly enough to potentiate the anaerobic threshold in real time during a workout. At a certain point of intensity the hyperventilation in and out through the mouth will take in more oxygen then trying to inhale through the nose if you can even suppress your natural impulse. Before the need to hyperventilate can be rendered null and void, the mechanics of exercise must be precisely engineered to continually normalize 02/ C02 ratios at the juncture of the lungs as well as in the tissues.
Several factors aren’t currently being considered regarding equitable distribution of blood to organs, glands and tissues, including pressure changes in the chest and abdomen which fractionalize the ventilation/ perfusion ratio of the three lung segments. A dynamic synergy between speed of breath, duration of breath holding, lung position relative to gravity, direction of movement, rhythm and centrifugal force, sequencing of large and small muscle groups, V02max requirements and much more is necessary to coordinate the whole spectrum of anatomic physiologic mechanisms. That’s what it takes to effectively balance chemical changes that cause hypoventilation and hyperventilation under all circumstances. You can exercise upside down in every possible position till you’re blue in the face but it won’t make a wit of difference if you haven’t understood the complete parameters of the body’s physiological need to maintain pH balance under all circumstances. And of course simply incorporating Buteyko nose breathing alone won’t optimize gas exchange with the precision necessary to achieve true homeostasis during exercise once you really get going.
Some of more important physiological stressors (cortisol, overheating, build up of metabolites, etc.) which Dr. Buteyko didn’t resolve are the variable imbalances that occur at different degrees of exercise intensity. His technique is unable to account for the required compression in terms of time, nor the specificity of hormonal and neural stimulation that facilitates circulation to bones and deep tissues in equal measure with large working muscles (which otherwise hog all the blood). You know the pre-requisite homeostatic balance for optimal cellular metabolism is being maintained when you have no urge to hyperventilate even when the body is at maximum training heart rate. This is pHx™.
Take for example, the BreatheEasy which is performed between most of the 24 exercises in the pH fitness series. To maintain the acid-alkaline balance achieved by each set of repetitions during the routine, one of the things we do during the routine is inhale through the nose to the count of six and exhale thru the mouth to the count of six, with an additional three counts added at end-inspiration and end-expiration to facilitate deeper breathing and stimulate the upper respiratory tract. However this specific breathing pattern would have almost zero benefit if it wasn’t for the precise corresponding movement which complements it.
The specialized pHx warm-up cool down workout eclipses rudimentary techniques to surpass the typical benefits of any kind of exercise by ensuring that all organ systems remain fully balanced at all degrees of performance intensity. To achieve this the breathing-specific and movement-specific sequence uses the fastest way to neutralize pH acidity and raise the anaerobic threshold. It goes far beyond what was previously achieved with Buteyko style techniques, to match the body’s need for oxygen exactly. The advantage here is that by utilizing complete range of sequence-specific functional movement through range of motion (repetitive restricted range even with the core engaged can cause injury) it’s now possible to balance V02max equally in all muscles without draining the deep organs, and within minutes prior to sports training. Because the pHx technique also builds unprecedented oxygen reserves in deep organs permitting longer hours of concentration, it truly does prevent cognitive decline. The remarkable routine integrates the different parts of the body as a cohesive coordinated unit, it’s the complete expression of body and mind under the integrating conditions of pH balance with the least time and effort. Naturally efficiency yields the best result.
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“Health consciousness without body consciousness is a recipe for delusion.” Suzanna Aaring 2014
MERCOLA and ORI HOFMEKLER discuss RADIATION POISONING
“When it’s happy hour keep in mind some indulgences are better than others: sugar and alcohol (grain, rice, corn) is the worst type of GMO poisoning, crossing directly into deep organs penetrating the heart and blood brain barrier. Choose additive-free non-gmo wine and beer for a Happy Holiday.” Suzanna Aaring 2013
Until a few years back hyper-ventilation was standard terminology for the normal compensatory mechanism that accelerates breathing during exercise when ventilation spontaneously gets deeper and faster. Then whoever influences medical usage got lazy. They needed a word to describe what happens at another point during exercise which had more clinical significance: the point when muscle fatigue, overheating, and build up of metabolites exceeds compensation. Of course it’s important to distinguish this moment because if the increasing demands of metabolism can’t be compensated, stroke volume reaches a plateau and often decreases resulting in a fall in blood pressure. Dehydration occurs. Cutaneous vasoconstriction also decreases rate of heat loss and high temperatures result in acute acidosis. “Most people think hyperventilation refers to emotional stress only,” they must have thought, “no one will notice if we start using it to denote the point when the compensatory mechanisms fail instead of the point at which they kick in during exercise.”
Normally ventilatory compensation is caused by rising hydrogen and decreasing carbonic acid in the blood. Although CO2 and CO3 concentrations levels are considered relatively stable during steady state exercise, you still end up with an oxygen debt that must be compensated for before the deficit can be balanced by converting lactate into glucose and blood pH re-established at 7.4.
The problem is when blood pH drops during exercise and H+ concentrations are high, potassium moves from cells into the extracellular fluid depressing polarity and slowing electrical response in organs, glands and deep tissues. Add high temperatures and increasingly slower excretion of excess H+ by the kidneys as generalized metabolic acidosis ensues, and ventilatory rate dependent on cardiac output for stimulation of the carotid bodies eventually slows down along with decreasing stroke volume and stroke volume and falling blood pressure. When the compensatory mechanisms fail and heart rate slows, the huffing and puffing necessary to rectify acidosis is shut off. So hyper+ventilation really isn’t the best word here at all, is it?
In the meantime another another word was needed to describe the normal acceleration of breathing at the RCP during exercise. The Greek root of hyper-pnoea or hyper-pnea refers to pulmonary respiration or breathing, so that seemed to suffice. However a couple of things were overlooked. What wasn’t taken into consideration is that respiration is not the same as ventilation, but whoever was responsible for the switch in terminology didn’t think it was important enough to differentiate between the two since their interests had been served.
Steady state exercise would need to increase not decrease respiratory efficiency in order to use hyper-pnea, meaningfully wouldn’t it? But since it always triggers hyper-ventilation when metabolism becomes anaerobic during exercise, this brings us to the third element regarding usage that’s virtually overlooked. The fact that it’s actually possible to engineer true hyper-plea, true hyper-respiration during exercise by oxygenating all the tissues of the body equally even as heart rate peaks. However it takes a specifically designed sequence of exercises with a breathing movement pattern that can maintain resting state homeostatic balance, a slightly alkaline pH, at all degrees of performance intensity and duration. As long as the relative anion/cation ratio remains the same the total number of ions can go up or down as metabolism speeds up during exercise and homeostatic acid-base pH is still maintained, aerobically.
Body’Fit pHx™ compensates for oxygen deprivation in deep organs by opening up circulation in deep vessels, so blood volume can’t be shunted over to the muscles like it usually is, thereby maintaining the anion/ cation balance required for acid base equilibrium. In other words no huffing and puffing of heavier breathing is ever triggered at any intensity. This is true hyper-pnea, because the breathing design sustains 100% aerobic cardio, automatic compensatory hyper-ventilation is completely unnecessary. Body’Fit design works with physiological mechanisms to define the gold standard that makes sense of both hyper-ventilation and hyper-respiration.
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Transverse abdominis, the muscle that circumvents the abdomen and pops up in your lower belly whenever you cough, is what keeps the low back in the correct neutral position to stabilize rotation of the torso around the pelvis. It’s most easily activated when we focus in on a very specific point in the belly, which we call the CorePoint™ in pHx. The breathing technique used in pHx to increase movement of the five transverse diaphragms utilizes this primary visualization. The CorePoint is not an anatomical organ like the kidneys, it’s our physical centre of balance located in the middle of the lower abdomen. This is where most of the blood in the body is stored during rest and sleep..
The pelvic diaphragm is felt in the pit of the lower belly just above the pubic bone. If you think of the pelvic diaphragm as the bottom of a bowl, the CorePoint is suspended above it about three fingerwidths below the navel. By visualizing the CorePoint as a magnet that attracts the abdominal diaphragm downwards and the pelvic diaphragm upwards in the vacuum created by expansion of the pulmonary cavity during inspiration, we can sense our whole body at once, coordinating movement and breathing more effectively.
CorePoint breathing also helps improves core conditioning crucial to muscle strength. When we imagine drawing air directly into this point, as opposed to trying to figure out which muscles to activate the core (squeezing in the stomach like corset or a tight belt around your torso, etc) the bottom ribs expand more fully. So pHx isn’t the belly breathing of yoga. The difference is that by end inspiration when air has filled the top lung segment, this depth and breadth of expansion produces pressure changes between the chest and abdomen that naturally pulls up on the deep pelvic core including the pelvic floor (since all the muscles are connected). It takes Pilates breathing to the next level by becoming aware of all the muscles of the body at the same time, the intelligence of the body engages breathing depth and breath with an efficiency that cannot be duplicated by the mind.
Try it, focus in on the CorePoint, inhale deeply letting the belly expand naturally (don’t worry this isn’t what gives you a pot belly) and notice how contraction peaks first in the abdominal diaphragm, followed by diaphragms related to the chest, neck and head, until finally at the top of the inhale, the pelvic diaphragm is awakened and the pelvic core contracts. When exhaling maintain the CorePoint releases the diaphragm upwards as you press air out of the lungs thru the mouth in the reverse order from top to bottom. This produces quite a different dynamic from Pilates or yoga, without holding in the stomach, squeezing the sphincters to pull up the pelvic floor, contracting the gluts or anything like that. In fact during pHx you shouldn’t attempt to engage the core by using the more superficial muscles as it can restrict breathing.
The ventilatory efficiency that triggers a flash of electrolytes thru all the tissues during pHx depends on the unique breathing pattern for each progressive exercise, however how freely and quickly the chest moves is primarily determined by consistency of visualization. Think of your upper and lower abdomen as an accordion pressing towards the CorePoint on the inhale and opening inward on the exhale, with your lungs doing the pumping action. As you fill your lungs to the top the pressures in the chest and abdomen become such that you can actually feel the CorePoint pulling up all the muscles of the lower abdomen (including the Kegel muscles).
In this way the pelvic transverse diaphragm also follows the breath and is ready to fully contract on the exhale as the CorePoint magnet releases the tissues, and contraction of the pelvic core kicks in fully to stabilize the spine. Believe it or not, but the fact remains mental focus on the precise CorePoint of physical equilibrium, supports the dynamic synergy where all muscles are activated inside following the breath. Unless we pinpoint the CorePoint and fill the lungs from bottom to top and empty in the reverse order, we don’t get the same intensification in the pelvic core during inspiration and we won’t get the same depth of contraction with expiration. No other visualization will do it quite like this.
You can then add the correct posture by dropping shoulders out, back, and down towards the CorePoint, relaxing your feet, unlocking the knees to let your weight sink, tilting the pelvis for a neutral spine, and rucking the hips till you feel a slight curl at the level of the diaphragm in the lower belly and you have an effective two-way stretch from the CorePoint thru the top of your head that activates multifidus and the transverse abdominals, et Voila you’ve engaged your core effortlessly. What it comes down to breathing specific to what we’re trying to achieve with an exercise workout gives better results.
“I admit it, I used to think if I was huffing and puffing till I was blue in the face, I was getting all the oxygen I needed…”
If you like these tips click here for more. Regular performance of pHx strengthens as well as trains the core muscles. When warming up with pHx you’re fully prepped for maximum results with your workout whether that’s weight training, Pilates, or your favourite sport… with less stress. because the routine balances all muscle groups as well as the five neuro-endocrine-organ centres, normalizing body pH in 7-14 minutes..
“Our choice of relationships thru the natural impulse of happiness rather than the perversity of surveillance, stalking and social pressure, sets the boundaries of personhood.” — Suzanna Aaring 2013
It was a while since I’d been to a game, and I was pumped to see some football at the newly revamped BC Place Stadium with its state-of-the-art retractable roof. So you can imagine what a shock it was to see the blight of swarming yellow jackets that had descended on the place, who searched my private property violating my personal boundary without warrant). The physical invasion of privacy as an equal human being however was nothing compared to the barrage of mental abuse we were about to be subjected to.
The stream of ads circling the stadium were selling more than trucks, insurance, and regular stuff. Mind manipulation rran the gamut from subtle to not so subtle with, “STAND UP, BE HEARD, get help” leading the charge just in case you didn’t take kindly to your treatment at the door. “IS SOMEONE OR SOMETHING BOTHERING YOU, call us.” Why, so the NSA can keep tabs of you? The brainwashing was truly mind blowing, “CANOLA OIL, GOOD FOR EVERY BODY.” Wow, the big GMO corporations must be feeling the heat to be pushing aptly named rrapeseed oil used in cheap restaurants at a football game. But the hypocrisy of the perfunctory anti-bullying campaign, and a fracking company on the shaky grounds of masquerading as champions of women’s rights, took the canola soaked cake so to speak.
When those invested by society with the function of guarding our health and security become dysfunctional bullies with a hidden agenda, we need to remember that no matter how many manmade laws (put in place when we were still relatively free) are mangled, universal laws can’t be changed they can only be broken. I noticed many long standing CFL supporters and season ticket holders in the VIP section where we had seats are no longer there. I guess since the BC Lions pride campaign switched loyalties to the new fortress funded monochromatically by Coke and Budweiser, some fans are not willing to put up with purposely being intimidated by the very people they employ, and then perversely told it’s for their own good. A lot needs to change before BC Place recovers my patronage, this was one customer experience that left a very bad taste in my mouth.
“Productivity is stifled and mercenariness proliferated when the gap between the few who’ve hijacked our abundant finite world and the rest of us becomes astronomical.” — Suzanna Aaring 2013
“Shaky grounds to fetter out a few crooks aside our surveillance society still fails to see our inner function as conduits of transformation.” — Suzanna Aaring 2013
Did you know that soybean vitamins,I know it’s a contradiction in terms, are now added to grains during processing into flour. It was a total surprise to me too, since the body uses up vitamins to recover from gmo’s. If you’ve been following this controversial topic and paying close attention to how your body reacts to genetically modified synthetics, you may have noticed that indigestion, bone and joint pain, etc. can occur after ingesting breads, cereals, anything made with flour. Soybeans are one of the most common GMO additives on the market today.
Why would anyone want to add soybeans to flour? That’s exactly the reaction my organic baker had when she found out her flour supply was contaminated. The good news is, I just found out today, is the wheat itself isn’t the problem, no one wants to buy GMO wheat anymore. That may also give us a clue. The only way GMO can be taken to market is by camouflaging its presence. Nonetheless economics is probably the best case scenario, if you give those controlling the food industry the benefit of doubt.
Deliberately misleading the public like that gives rise for deeper concerns about the real motive behind the scam. If you’re health conscious and want to avoid GMO’s in your diet, they’re going to try to make you eat the toxic substance like it or not. It also means that milk, which now contains GMO soy-based vitamins is also toxic, along with all other processed food. Producers must be getting some kind of incentive or kick back to go to the extent of abusing basic essentials like plain flour. Awareness and disclosure is our best strategy for curing this serious social concern.
“Our treatment of children, the elderly and marginalized indicates whether we serve the universal or self and state.” — Suzanna Aaring 2013
“If truth is the sword consciousness wields to dispel mind games, like any martial art it takes training.” — Suzanna Aaring 2013
“When covert and overt collide and the contradictions can no longer be denied, that’s when the light of truth appears and love rules the planet.” — Suzanna Aaring 2013
“Lack of interest and physical awareness regarding the recent increase of neuro-toxins in organics (and the food supply generally) indicates our serious undervaluing of wholistic reasoning as a society.” — Suzanna Aaring 2013
“When we neglect to educate ourselves on the intrinsic parameters of mind and body, its exact makeup, our mental chatter swallows up will to do compromising pre-established natural law, despite good intentions .” — Suzanna Aaring 2013
“A community that deludes is on a collision course with dissolution no matter how friendly its fraudulent face.” — Suzanna Aaring 2013
“Pre-established perfection of the universe is reflected in the human being, awakening to who we are is the crucible that determines our ability to master our life.” — Suzanna Aaring 2013
“Until there’s room for not knowing, once we’ve processed all the relevant data, we can’t receive insight that fits reality.” Suzanna Aaring 2013
“Secret to efficiency? Attention to intuition saves time, just as a stitch in time saves nine.” — Suzana Aaring 2013