We all breathe. It is a subconscious function of life. What happens when we breathe chronically through the mouth? How does nasal-breathing lead to improved health, body composition and performance? Today we welcome to the show renowned breath expert Patrick McKeown to shed light on the value of conscious breathing.
From crooked teeth and weight gain to attention deficit disorders and mental health concerns, Patrick dives deep into the negative impacts of mouth-breathing and the how the simple act of nasal-breathing can change your life. Tune in now!
0:00 – Who is Patrick McKeown and how did he become a breath expert?
3:00 – Patrick explains why breathing isn’t a function of the mouth.
5:25 – Allergies? Congestion? Rhinitis? You can still nose breathe. You just have to train it.
9:15 – How mouth breathing contributes to sleep apnea and chronic health concerns.
10:50 – The connection between nasal breathing and emotions/focus/mental health.
13:35 – The importance of nasal breathing for athletes
18:15 – Big nostrils are a benefit!
20:20 – We discuss how mouth-breathing negatively affects the development of children:
– Facial structure
– Crooked teeth
– Attention deficit issues
– Free resource to help children breathe properly: https://buteykoclinic.com/buteykochildren/
27:00 – How does a diet high in processed food affect breathing quality?
31:30 – We discuss the benefits of mouth-taping at night: Better concentration, better breath, better energy, etc.
34:25 – How do we get children to breathe through their noses?
37:00 – The value of breath work for chronic diseases and disorders
40:00 – How breath work helps create a focused mind and a better quality of life
45:00 – Some social commentary on Social Media vs. a rise in mental health issues
48:30 – How nasal breathing contributes to maintaining a healthy immune system
50:45 – Patrick details how to improve your breath hold time
57:00 – Patrick’s book recommendation:
– The Coddling of the American Mind, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
– Breath, by James Nestor
57:30 – Patrick’s daily self-care tool
58:30 – Patrick’s one piece of health advice
59:15 – Where you can find Patrick McKeown and keep up with his latest work
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More About Patrick McKeown
Patrick is the President of Buteyko Professionals International. He is also a member of the Management Board and the Advisory Faculty of the International Academy of Breathing & Health.
Patrick was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and later studied in the Moscow clinic of the founder of the Buteyko Breathing Method, the late Professor Konstantin Buteyko. He was honoured to be awarded a Diploma in the Buteyko Method by Professor Buteyko.
Patrick’s current professional affiliations include being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (UK), a Member of the Physiological Society (UK), a Member of the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences, a Fellow of Buteyko Professionals International, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Breathing & Health. From a very young age, Patrick suffered from asthma and relied on an array of medicines and inhalers until he discovered the Buteyko Method at the age of 26. This life-changing discovery motivated him to change his career in order to help children and adults who suffered from similar breathing problems. Following his time in Russia in 2002, Patrick has been teaching the Buteyko Method in Australia, USA and throughout Europe.
He has penned seven books, including three Amazon.com best sellers, and has been invited to speak at dental and respiratory conferences throughout the world. In collaboration with the University of Limerick & Limerick University Hospital in Ireland, Patrick was the Buteyko method instructor in a clinical study investigating the Buteyko Method as a treatment for individuals who had a diagnosis of asthma and chronic rhinosinusitus.
As published in the leading Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) journal Clinical Otolaryngology, the results showed a 70% reduction of nasal symptoms in participants, including snoring, loss of smell, nasal congestion and difficulty breathing through the nose. Patrick’s latest book ‘The Oxygen Advantage’ is based on his experience of working with thousands of clients and hundreds of health care professionals, along with his extensive research of breath hold training over the past 13 years.
Connect with Patrick
Facebook: Buteyko Clinic International
Facebook: The Oxygen Advantage
YouTube: Buteyko Clinic International
YouTube: The Oxygen Advantage
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