Irish TED-Talk Coach & Trainer Discusses Breathing Techniques With Sharon Kleyne

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Irish bestseller & breathing expert visits radio host Sharon Kleyne. Learn to breathe through the nose says Irish trainer & TED-Talker.

Date aired: Arpil 2nd, 2018

Guest: Patrick McKeown

Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® on VoiceAmerica, recently welcomed breathing coach, international bestseller and trainer Patrick McKeown, M.A. of Galway, Ireland to the program.

For decades, Kleyne has taught that we breathe in water vapor with every breath we take. Without that oxygenated water vapor, we cannot live. “There is no eternity without water,” Kleyne is fond of saying, adding that good health also depends on moderate exercise, a healthy diet, plenty of sleep and drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. So, Kleyne was delighted to talk with McKeown about breathing that promotes optimal health.

McKeown began to explore breathing styles because he suffered from asthma from childhood. McKeown described a difficult school career in which he constantly struggled with exhaustion and the feeling he could never get enough air. This all changed when he discovered the work of Dr. Constantine Buteyko, who emphasized breathing through the nose rather than the mouth to reduce water vapor evaporation (and increase natural hydration), increase sterilizing nitrous oxide in the nasal cavity, relieve dry mouth symptoms and produce restful sleep and increased energy when awake. Studies have shown that breathing through the nose helps people with obstructive sleep apnea and children with ADD, among others. “My mission,” said McKeown, “is to empower people to take control of their own health, well-being and fitness using simple breathing exercises proven to improve body oxygenation.”

Along the way, McKoewn has written and published eight books, two of which have consistently ranked in the Top 10 at Close Your Mouth and Asthma Free Naturally. Kleyne recommends these and McKeown’s latest book, The Oxygen Advantage, which is already in its third printing and is based on four years of scientific research. The program tailors breathing exercises for anyone seeking to improve their fitness and sports performance. Practitioners learn to measure and reduce breathlessness during physical exercise and improve nose breathing to boost arterial oxygen uptake. The program teaches breathing and posture, helps prevent exercise-induced asthma and helps improve tolerance to reduced oxygen and increased carbon dioxide. It should surprise no one that McKeown trains NFL, GAA and Soccer players in The Oxygen Advantage® Program.

Water advocate Kleyne, also the founder and research center director of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, teaches that water and the breath are inseparable. She often refers to Dr. Gerald Pollack’s analogy that the human body is a lot like a battery. It must be continually supplemented by fresh water in order to keep operating. “What many people don’t know,” said Kleyne, “is that they may be breathing in less than optimal ways—such as excessive mouth breathing.”

McKeown and Kleyne urged listeners to practice yoga and to concentrate during practice on breathing that is subtle and light. Both agree that breathing through the nose is more beneficial because it slows down dehydration. Breathing through the mouth quite literally triggers faster evaporation. Water body vapor dries out more quickly. But breath through your nose, which is built to retain water, makes the body happier, healthier and more resistant to disease.

When Kleyne asked for a clear example of this, McKeown suggested holding up a clear water glass and breathing on it from the mouth; next, breathe on a second clear glass through the nose. One can see significantly more moisture on the glass breathed on through the mouth. Kleyne added that Dame Dr. Effie Chow, who saved her own life with her disciplined breathing, practices inhaling through the nose and exhaling through clenched teeth—a method taught in the practice of Qigong.

McKeown can be seen on several Youtube videos, including this Tedtalk appearance in which he demonstrates various breathing techniques

McKeown was recently made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in the UK for his contribution to our understanding of breathing.

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