Today I’d like to share with you one of best things you can do to
improve and maintain your energy and overall health.
But first, an update:
The “global dust road trip” from the Sahara Desert to Central
Texas appears to be dissipating. We can see our beloved hills
again, even across the lake. Life is good.
People ’round here have been complaining about their eyes,
sinuses, even lungs. But things are getting better.
People with asthma and other breathing problems are like the
proverbial “canary in a coal mine”. They tend to be more
sensitive than others to poor air quality, dust, ozone, and
That was certainly the case for me. In my last message, I
mentioned my own case of severe asthma and the measures I took
to overcome it.
I received emails from a number of people asking about or
wanting to order my “Overcome Asthma” program.
If you have asthma, or any other condition that impacts your
breathing and vital capacity, you should read more about
how I overcame my asthma here.
Now, back to our program…
what is my number one – numero uno – secret for achieving and
maintaining radiant health?
Well, it has to do with your lungs.
Yes, your lungs: givers of life, disposers of wastes.
Just as you regularly replace the air filter in your car or
your air conditioning unit, you should regularly clean out
your body’s most important filters, your lungs.
Of course, there is no special long-handled brush you can use
to reach down in there and scrub. When my asthma was really
bad, I used to wish for just such an item. I wanted to scour
out all the mucus and open up my airways, once and for all.
Fortunately, nature provides us with some tools – tools
which work marvelously, if you will use them. They’re easy
to use and take a reasonable amount of time and effort. I’ll
discuss a few today.
Deep breathing performed on a regular basis can really help you
clear out the mucus and get those airways singing again. If you
do some deep breathing every day for a week to 10 days, you will
see a phenomenal difference.
When you breathe deeply, expect to expectorate.
In other words, the deep breathing gets things moving in there
and propels the mucus out of your airways. You have to complete
the last step, which is to use controlled coughing to bring it
up and out.
If you are really having a hard time with mucus and mucus plugs,
you may need to percuss yourself. This refers to hitting areas
on your chest and back, which creates a percussion effect in
your lungs. The vibration helps dislodge the plugs and move them
out of the airways.
Although there are different ways to percuss, one of the best
ways is very simple: Picture Tarzan drumming his chest with both
fists as he yells.
Actually, this is an exercise that many of the oldtime physical
culture and health enhancement specialists used to recommend to
their clients and students.
Percussion is also an important tool in Chinese, Korean and
Japanese medicine and health practices.
Not only does this help clear out your lungs. The percussing and
yelling also generate a tremendous surge of energy in the body.
Try it for yourself. Don’t be too self-conscious. A minute or
so of “the Tarzan” and you will see what I mean.
You can use percussion when and if you need to, when your lungs
are really gunked up, like from seasonal allergies or colds. You
can use this technique when you have been inactive for awhile.
Better yet, you can percuss once a week or once a month as a
When your lungs are functioning normally, they clear out 70% of
the toxins and waste products your body produces.
When your lungs are compromised, for whatever reason, they need
more help from the other eliminative organs: kidneys, liver,
colon and skin.
This is one reason why it’s so important to drink a lot of
filtered water every day. The water helps all of these organs
do a more efficient job of processing and eliminating waste
A good habit to get into is to add some lemon or lime juice to
your water. Lemon juice in particular has a very cleansing
effect on the body.
A great time to drink it is first thing in the morning, when you
wake up, after you do your breathing exercises. Add a quarter
cup of lemon juice to 16 ounces of cold water.
Not only does it feel refreshing going down, it helps wake you
To wrap things up, here’s my simple recommendation:
Do some deep breathing every day. Supplement with additional
exercises, such as percussion, that help keep your lungs and
airways clear and fully functioning.
This single practice will dramatically improve your energy
levels, quality of breathing, and health.
You Can Do It!
“Best Breathing Exercises: Transform Body Mind and Spirit with
Dynamic Energy Exercise!”
P.S. The combination of deep breathing with specific, targeted
exercises that build lung capacity, vitality and stamina is a
true powerhouse — and the foundation of my own health and
fitness regimen. I teach and demonstrate this core set of exercises
in “the Secret Power of Dynamic Energy Exercise Course, Volume 2:
The Dynamic Energy Routine”. For more information, or to acquire
your own copy of the program, click here.
Copyright, Karen Van Ness, 2013
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