How To Strengthen Your Immune System By Breathing Through Your Nose
When it comes to strengthening your immune system, many factors may immediately come to mind: what we eat, how we exercise, which herbs and supplements we take. What about the way we breathe?
According to human performance specialist and breathing expert Brian Mackenzie, how we breathe is an integral part of strengthening our immunity. Namely, nasal breathing: “[The nose] is the first line of defense for the immune system,” he says. That’s not to say you should ignore proper guidelines in place to help protect you from bacteria and viruses (like wearing a mask, for instance), but the nose does have its own way of keeping you healthy. Consider nasal breathing an extra layer of immune support—it can’t work entirely on its own, but there are certainly some perks to keep in mind. We’ve outlined them below.
How is nasal breathing connected to your immune system?
Here’s the short answer: Our nasal passages are able to filter bacteria and viruses in the air. We have little hair follicles in our nose (in fact, we have as many hair follicles inside our nose as we do on our head, according to Mackenzie) that are able to filter the air as you inhale, which can block dust and bacteria from reaching your lungs.