When most people take a deep breath, they inflate their rib cages. "Doesn't work, and here's why," Dr. Oz says. If you inhale with your rib cage, you're not taking in as much air as you could if you inhaled with your diaphragm—a large muscle located beneath your lungs. When you exhale, you should allow your diaphragm muscle to move up to push the air out.
"This is the foundation of every Eastern religion—that you've got to first start with a deep breath. Now, how do you do that? In order for the diaphragm to come down, you've got to make room."
When you're taking true deep breaths, concentrate on a few things:
- When you breathe in, push your belly out. Don't flare your nostrils or lift your rib cage up.
- When you breathe out, pull your belly button way in.
- Remember to relax.