Often over looked, or missed altogether – being able to take in oxygen and get rid of the waste gases from breathing (including carbon dioxide) efficiently is often the place to start to create big and lasting changes with the strength of our immune system, and our energy levels.

Just how important is breathing then?


A good way to tell, is to think about how long we can last without food? Actually we can go for weeks without food.

How long without water? A matter of days, rather than weeks.

And how long without air? A few minutes for most of us.

It’s the way we directly power our cells (along with nutrients etc), and also help them to remove their waste, after they’ve done their job.

And given we’re ideally taking this action up to 24,000 times a day, it’s makes sense to make the most of it!

Take Away – Take deep breaths – in through your nose and out through your mouth, and 5 times each cycle. Repeating this process a minimum of 3 times a day is a great place to start.

Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is a Lifestyle Consultant, with over 20 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, speaker and health mentor. She lives in Auckland with her husband Chris, relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends


Adapted from Fi’s article published in, 8.14