IT'S TIME TO ASK YOURSELF: Is carbon dioxide my friend or my foe?
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Your nose knows: Don't throw away that "waste" gas! Use it to BOOST YOUR HEALTH
Bethany Davidson is a wife and mother of three living in Goderich, Ontario.

When both her husband and her ten-year-old started experiencing panic attacks, Bethany began researching how she could help them reboot their bodies and brains -- without any equipment, at any time of the day or night.

What she discovered seemed a little too simple, and maybe a little crazy -- until it worked.

With remarkable success, she now practices and shares these techniques every day. Her clients -- athletes and asthmatics alike -- are shocked to find what their bodies are capable of... what their noses were designed to do.
WHAT MY BREATH PRACTICE DOES FOR ME:

- Calms my nerves for reduced anxiety
- Reduces viral load for less chance of getting sick
- Oxygenates my muscles efficiently for greater strength
- Trains my nervous system for restored movement
- Quiets my mind and body for more restful sleep
VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Hello, breathers! Have you noticed everyone’s been talking about an airborne problem circulating these days?
I sure have. My gym sure has. It’s impacted the way we use The Tank Goderich, and it’s impacted our training… for the better. See, we’ve dabbled in training our breath for years now. But with heightened attention on air quality and viral load and face masks, we pretty much had to become experts at breathing. It’s a thing. There’s a right way to breathe and there’s a wrong way, and there are really effective protocols for getting really good at breathing the right way, I’m serious. The Tank is a “General Human Preparedness” gym – we couldn’t keep saying that unless we stayed on top of mitigating the host of health problems that comes from poor breathing skills, and sharpening our athletic edge by becoming the best at breathing.

Let’s get right into it: did you know that, in a healthy individual, the feeling we call “shortness of breath" is not caused by lack of oxygen?

To put it another way, if you’ve ever put on your mask and gone for a walk and had that kinda panicky feeling of “air hunger”, that wasn’t your lungs crying out for more oxygen. The fact is, there's almost always more than enough oxygen available in your environment to fuel every task you could ever need or want to do.

Studies show that when the average healthy individual is breathing at rest, they’re exhaling 75% of the oxygen they’re inhaling. Even while exercising, when their muscles are firing and their rate of breath is much quicker than usual, they tend to exhale 25% of the oxygen that enters their lungs.

So why does a person breathe more heavily the harder their body works? It’s because of that “other” molecule, carbon dioxide. CO2 is commonly referred to as the “waste” molecule, because as oxygen is burned in the mitochondria of our cells, carbon dioxide is generated. It isn’t the fuel our tissues run on, so we need to breathe it out.

Carbon dioxide isn’t all waste, though – far from it! CO2 is the signal molecule that tells our brain it’s time to breathe. Whenever CO2 saturation goes up in our blood, we feel air hunger, or shortness of breath, regardless of oxygen saturation. This is why masks can make us feel like we aren’t getting enough air: when we wear a mask over our breathing holes, we impede the blow-off of carbon dioxide.

The good news is, there’s still plenty of oxygen in our environment – and likely plenty still left in our blood. The even better news is, it’s probably being delivered to our tissues better than ever, even though it doesn’t feel like it.

More on that topic in our workshop.

For today, what you really need to know is your own CO2 tolerance. What is that? It’s your body and brain’s comfort level with carbon dioxide. The higher your CO2 tolerance, the more at ease you feel when carbon dioxide saturation gently rises in your blood, and the more physiological health- and wellness-tools you have at your disposal. These are life-changing tools: Being able to keep your tissues richly oxygenated, which mitigates a HUGE list of HUGE health problems. Being able to keep your cool when you are faced with a stress trigger. HUGELY important for every human – especially we who have experienced trauma.

More on that at our workshop.It’s time to find your CO2 tolerance.

But that’s the end of this video segment. So tap the button to let me know I have your attention, and I’ll send you the link to the rest of this video and the chance to attend our breath workshop for FREE!

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"Bethany and her practice have given me tools and education to help manage stressful situations and anxieties I encounter on a daily basis. In this short time I have been able to share this information with my family.

This breathing, for an asthmatic, is something very foreign. I will continue to use these breath patterns, online with movement, in hopes to continue to see progress.

I am thankful for Bethany, her knowledge and practice. Our group of breathers has brightened my sunrises!"

- Amanda , YMCA staff and step-mom
"I use the breathing on my bike rides, and it helps so much -- definitely on the hills. Climbing becomes easier; and with speed work, it calms my heat rate. Big difference. Thank you!

I can also say that my lower back is less sore and more movable. Also haven’t used muscle relaxer since we started, and I think my knee joints feel better. Still sore, but better. Also haven’t used the chiropractor, either. Long ways to go but a very good start."

- Mark, hobby cyclist and retirement-home worker
"After three weeks I’ve seen a noticeable shift towards more ease and openness in my range of motion. I’ve experienced the power of learning to connect with breath and use it in a way that calms and cares for myself. I definitely feel more grounded and calm.

I catch myself breathing more deeply and slowly and through my nose. I love that conscious breath work and mobility movements are things I can do throughout the day. These are tools I will keep using and share with my family."

- Erin, full-time mother of two
"I feel like, since Covid hit, I really wasn’t able to exercise at all, except walking with my kids. I was always with my kids, working or doing both, as I’m sure a lot of people were. So when Bethany told me about this class, I thought it would be a great way to reboot, as she says, and it really has helped me do something for myself.

Also, surprisingly, the breath training has helped me feel more relaxed after class. So, this class has really helped me get a better routine, and because of it, I’m going to continue with a friend that I met here. So, thanks so much, Bethany, I appreciate it."

- Mo, family doctor and mother of two
"I have had pain in my hips for more than a year from a repetitive strain injury. Despite yoga, massage and chiropractic treatments it was keeping me awake at night and nagging me all day, but within two weeks of doing stretches with Bethany the pain has all but disappeared.

Also, I’m cooking vegetarian meals three or four times a week now, thanks to Bethany’s recipes, and it seems to be having a positive effect on my digestive health."

- Al, full-time father of two and handyman