Patrick McKeown Leads Breathing Revolution from Galway, Ireland. Irish Tedtalker Says Breathing through Your Nose Improves Health.
When Patrick McKeown of Galway, Ireland was just a lad of five or six, he was diagnosed with asthma. While other boys ran across the fields and played soccer, McKeown retired to a lonely bench in the shade where he tried to rest his wheezing lungs. All through his school and academic career, McKeown suffered acutely. His asthma made him feel tired all the time. Sometimes he would even fall asleep at his desk. School work was hard because concentration was so difficult.
This came as no surprise to Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on Voice America, who teaches around the globe that we breathe in water vapor with every breath we take and that 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 good diet, plenty of sleep and drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
As McKeown entered university, he became more and more interested in exploring and studying different breathing styles while constantly feeling himself that he could not 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,” says 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.”
In carrying out this mission, McKoewn has authored 8 books, two of which have consistently ranked in the Top 10 at Amazon.com: 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. The book is based on 4 years of scientific research and tailors breathing exercises for anyone seeking to improve their fitness and sports performance. It should surprise no one that McKeown trains NFL, GAA and Soccer players in The Oxygen Advantage® Program.
McKeown and water advocate Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, urge people 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 to everyone because it slows down dehydration. When you breathe through your mouth, you quite literally dry out; you evaporate faster. Your water body vapor dries out more quickly. But when you breathe through your nose, which is built to retain water, you and your body are happier, healthier and more resistant to disease. When Kleyne asked if there was any example to show this clearly, McKeown suggested holding up a clear water glass and breathing on it from your mouth; next, breathe on a second clear glass through your nose. You’ll see significantly more moisture on the glass on which you breathed through your mouth.
McKeown can be seen on several Youtube videos, including this Tedtalk appearance in which he demonstrates various breathing techniques https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBqGS-vEIs0
Sharon Kleyne invites you to share your stories of the breath with us. How do you breathe and how does it affect your health? Let’s start the conversation!