The Healing Benefits of Holding Your Breath

breathwork Feb 08, 2023

Consciously holding your breath is GOOD for you!!

Intermittent Hypoxic Training (IHT) AKA breath retention, is used to treat a range of disorders including high blood pressure, diabetes, Parkinson’s, emotional disorders, and more.

Your body adapts to having less oxygen and starts to become more efficient in producing energy.

You put a positive stress response on the body making you more resilient to stressful situations.

Benefits include:

  • Anti aging: Stimulates cell reproduction and regeneration encouraging repair, growth and development of nervous tissue.
    • creates red blood cells
    • increases mitochondria in the cells which allows you to produce more ATP energy more efficiently
  • Increases stamina and endurance
  • Supports optimum blood flow
  • Relief from many chronic conditions like asthma, arthritis, diabetes, sleep disorders, hypertension, anxiety, and depression, fatigue
  • To trigger the positive stress response that brings the positive health benefits, you need to hold your breath for around 90 seconds or more with oxygen saturation less than 90%.

Give it a try. Breathe in through your nose….Exhale all the air out through your mouth and hold your breath. Hold for as long as you can. 

Then take a big breath fully in and hold your breath for a few seconds on the inhale. As you’re holding your inhale, contract your pelvic muscles. Then exhale and return to normal, relaxed breathing. 

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While there are numerous health benefits, there are also a few contraindications as listed below:

  • Acute somatic and viral diseases
  • Severe COPD
  • Cancer, unless IHT is prescribed by a doctor
  • ·People with epilepsy, pacemakers or heart arrhythmias, unless treatment (including IHT) is under direct medical supervision.
  • Unmanaged High blood pressure
  • Pregnancy



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