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Can the Buteyko method help with obesity?
Practicing the Buteyko Method consistently definitely normalizes metabolism. The results might not be fast, but with sufficient practice, many people report a weight loss as a side effect. It is also typical to hear from students their reports about loss of appetite in the first few weeks of practice. Changes toward healthier food-choice preferences and reduced meal-portions are usually another welcome side effect. In addition, the Buteyko Method optimizes digestion, which leads to better absorption of nutrients and less feeling of hunger.
Why does hyperventilation lead to poor oxygenation?
This is known as the Bohr effect, identified by Danish physiologist Christian Bohr. He discovered that increasing blood carbon dioxide levels causes decreases in blood acid-alkaline balance, which ultimately leads to a decrease in affinity for oxygen by hemoglobin. For this reason, a higher level of carbon dioxide in the blood leads to an easier release of oxygen by hemoglobin, and therefore betters tissue oxygenation. Because chronic hyperventilation causes a loss of CO2, which subsequently results in increase in one’s oxygen –hemoglobin affinity, and causes insufficient tissue oxygenation. This results in a paradox – continuously breathing more air than we need not only doesn’t enrich our bodies with oxygen, but quite the opposite- it deprives our bodies of oxygen.
I have bronchiectasis. Can you explain what is bronchiectasis? Can the Buteyko Method help me?
Bronchiectasis is a disease that results in the abnormal and permanent distortion / dilation of one or more of the conducting bronchi, most often caused by a severe or repeated infectious process. Bronchiectasis can be categorized as a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease where airways are inflamed and easily collapsible, resulting in an airflow obstruction with shortness of breath, impaired clearance of secretions and cough.
The most common presentation of bronchiectasis is as a localized process involving a lobe or segment of the lung. Systemic illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis (CF), can cause extensive bronchiectasis, involving both lungs.
Diagnosis is usually based on a clinical history of chronic respiratory symptoms, such as daily cough and excessive sputum production, and certain radiographic findings on CT scans, such as bronchial wall thickening and dilatation.
As with other COPD patients, much depends on the degree of tissue damage, but improvements with consistent Buteyko practice are achieved in most cases. If your short-acting inhaler (such as Albuterol) is effective in relieving the breathlessness that comes with your COPD condition, the Buteyko Method can help.
There is a tough aspect of fungal and bacterial infections, that COPD/bronchiectasis patients and patients with weak immune system are prone to, and for optimal solutions, a patient might consider combining the Buteyko Method with other naturopathic and nutritional help to clear persistent infections without any, or with very minimal, antibiotic use.
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