Take a great, big deep breath. Did you use your nose or your mouth?
You probably already know that you should be breathing through your nose. But have you ever heard about WHY nose-breathing is such an important building-block for your health? Since the nose essentially filters and humidifies the air you breathe, it also protects you from potentially irritating allergens, which can exacerbate issues like allergies or asthma.
If you’re not used to mouth breathing, it can take some practice and patience to inhale and exhale through your nose consistently. But it’s possible to naturally re-train your nose to breathe well! The first thing to keep in mind is avoiding over-breathing, which can inflame the lungs. Try to breathe out again before you inhale again when you can.
For someone with allergies or asthma, it may feel more comfortable to mouth breathe. But this can make the problem worse. If you can’t breathe through your nose, try a saline nasal spray, which will open the airways by pulling moisture out of the swollen sinus tissue. For kids and adults alike, we recommend Xclear — it contains Xylitol, which will also naturally reduce bacterial build-up in the nose.
If you’re noticing more complex breathing issues in yourself or your child, we’d love to help you. Feel free to give us a call or schedule an appointment online so we can help you and your family feel your best.