I mentioned in an earlier article about how I would be moving to Vancouver Island, which is part of British Columbia on the eastern shore facing back to the western coast of B.C. That move is now complete over 4000kms later and as I settle in, I am instantly greeted with new ways to alkalize within my first two weeks of being here. The picture above is an area only about thirty minutes away from where I now reside called Cathedral Grove.
The biggest impact immediately is the fresh, clean air. I moved away from a major metropolitan area, Toronto and it’s neighbouring commuter cities after living there for the first 26 1/2 years of my life. The air quality there is terrible, with regular smog days combined with high humidity and hot summer days. It made for a lot of shallow breathing and surely a lot of constant free radical induced oxidation of healthy cells simply through the air I was breathing. Oxidation (not to be confused with oxygenation) is the process of a molecule losing an electron, or also demonstrated as the loss of hydrogen. To visualize it, think of that rust you see on cars and then think of that the end result of many cells being damaged due to free radicals. Free radicals come about usually as pollutants, or waste of acidic or detrimental foods. Breathing in smoggy polluted air is definitely taxing to your body, in terms of damage and contamination to your cells and shallow breathing as a response! Nobody takes a nice deep breath on a smoggy day, or walking beside a traffic jam. Taking deep breaths full of oxygen is extremely important to the functioning of our bodies however.
I was a shallow breather when I lived in Ontario, I would take quick inhales and exhales, never breathing deep into my diaphragm and to my lung capacity save for when I was in a park area or a rare very clean air day. That has changed in the last two weeks, I am very conscious about taking deep breaths because the air is cleaner, and it makes me feel alive simply breathing again. Now I subconsciously breath less times but take in longer quality deep breaths that oxygenates my blood and thus my cells to better efficiency. Deep conscious breathing and thus better oxygenation of our body is a powerful way to help the body break up acid , and help eliminate waste while alkalizing our body! In fact, 80% of the oxygen that enters our blood stream does so from the bottom area of the lungs which is why breathing deep through the diaphragm is so important; when you breath shallow only into the top area of the lungs, oxygen cannot enter the blood stream nearly as efficiently.
In Ecodiet by Toni Toney, she dedicates a section of her book to what she calls the four fuel groups of water, fire, earth, and air. This elemental approach to food groups which she concluded in conjunction with other holistic or spiritual takes on the way we feed ourselves sums up; that it’s not just the food we eat, but the water we drink, the air we breathe, and taking in sunlight as a rounded approach to our nutrition. These energy sources all fuel us in different ways, and each is undeniably important to our very lives. There would be no life as we know it without any of these elements, and thus they are all ultimately forms of fuel for us, all giving us different forms of energy.
Here are some bullet points taken directly from Eco Diet
- Science has proven that cancer is anaerobic; it does not survive at high levels of oxygenation. Otto Warburg proved that oxygen levels were low and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels were elevated in cancer patients.
- Shortness of breath and heart disease are directly linked- the heart goes into spasm when it is deprived of oxygen.
- Studies have shown that there is a high correlation between high blood pressure and poor breathing.
- Optimal breathing helps to promote weight loss; oxygen burns fat and calories.
- Breathing well is the key to sleeping well and waking up feeling rested.
- Virtually every health condition and human activity is improved with optimal breathing.
- Clinical studies prove that oxygenation, wellness, and life span are totally dependent on proper diaphragmatic breathing.
- Lung volume (the percentage of air that the lungs can hold at any given time) is a primary marker for how long you will live.
I am blessed where we now live because we have amenities of a small city of 80000 including major shopping, but we are literally minutes from forest hiking trails, pristine lakes, mountains, and the ocean. Nanaimo really is unique in that you can get everything nature has to offer and not be forced to commute to work or amenities. The fresh air is amazing, and the fact it is all on the doorstep of where you live and work is like living in paradise!
So what do you do if you live in a major concrete jungle like I used to do? Well what I would have done which I did some of but not enough of was:
- Fill my house with plants that produce a lot of oxygen, what better way then to get fresh clean air in your own space produced by our very own plant friends.
- Get an air purifier, to help reduce particulates and other pollutants in your household.
- Get out to a park with some good forest growth or make an excursion outside of the city simply to take in nature and take deep breaths of fresh clean air.
Thankfully I am now surrounded by wonderful clean air, but always remember to help alkalize yourself by breathing deep, and breathing clean whenever possible!
Yours in health and wellness,