We may not notice it but some people constantly breathe through their mouths. It could be a developed habit or something you do when your nose is blocked. Nevertheless, it has a very direct impact on your health.
“Our autonomic Nervous System has two main branches, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic. The sympathetic branch is responsible for our “fight or flight” the response, whereas the parasympathetic branch is responsible for the “rest and digest, tend and befriend” response,” says nutritionist Pooja Makhija.
“Mouth breathing biases your body towards a sympathetic state, whereas nasal breathing activates the parasympathetic response. If the body is stuck in this state due to chronic stress and breathing dysfunction, it won’t effectively rebuild tissue from all of the HIIT workouts you are doing,” she adds.
“Since a large portion of this recovery process happens while you sleep, it is especially important to breathe in a way that shifts your nervous system state into “rest and digest” mode. This is why nasal breathing is so important for weight loss!” the nutritionist says.
Pooja Makhija says since we breathe from our mouth only when there is trouble with our nasal passage. Consuming certain foods and including them in our daily diet can help improve nasal breathing.
“Good quality Vitamin C supplements (and foods), curcumin (opens up sinus blockages), zinc rich foods and supplements can really help improve nasal breathing (provided of course, that’s the prime reason and not a deviated septum). Speak with your nutritionist for exact doses and duration,”advises Makhija.