The professionals have spoken, and the research is clear, nose breathing is the correct and most optimal way to breathe. Not only are our bodies designed for nose breathing based on the specific apparatus and the mechanisms by which we inhale and exhale through nose breathing, but there are numerous health benefits to be had from correct consistent nose breathing. The converse is also true; because mouth breathing bypasses important stages in the breathing process, this way of breathing leads to many health problems not the least of which may include snoring and sleep apnea.
- The results suggested that the eyes and the nose were equally sensitive to infection, while the mouth was comparatively insensitive.
- They are spread by sneezes and coughs, and also hands, eyes, nose or mouth and even go through masks.
- Diligent handwashing and avoidance of touching the target membranes can help head off such transfers along with avoiding crowds.
“As I commute by train and subway during the cold and flu season, can I cut my risk of infections by breathing through my mouth rather than through my nose?”