by Dr. Robert Blaich
The diaphragm is the second most important muscle in the body, second only to the heart. Yet the average person's diaphragm muscle is working at far less than 100% of its ability. Because the diaphragm is the pump that determines how much oxygen comes into our systems, anything less than 100% of normal function of this vital muscle means less oxygen to our brains as well as all our muscles and internal organs.
In my book, Your Inner Pharmacy, I explain more about the diaphragm and how its function can be improved to help you to be more healthy, whether you are an aspiring Olympic athlete, an average person with frequent heartburn, or concerned about and perhaps battling with dementia.
I am including a few exerpts from my book that may get you interested in optimizing the function of your own diaphragm muscle.......
Good diaphragm function is important for your health and vitality. Antioxidants, found in fruits and vegetables, can be quite helpful. But the best antioxidant is oxygen itself. If you improve your body's ability to deliver oxygen to its own tissues, you reduce oxidative stress and tissue damage throughout your body and slow the decline in body function that occurs with aging.
While I recommend that many of my patients take antioxidant nutrients, I definitely want to optimize the vital function of their diaphragm muscle. I test for it in almost every patient, regardless of their symptoms, because I know that by correcting it, I have a good chance of helping their digestion, mental function, and overall energy and well-being.
One reason for the recent increase in diaphragm-related problems in younger people is that a sedentary lifestyle generally means more sitting, poor posture, and shallow breathing. Like any other muscle, the diaphragm must be used. I turn on the switch through treatment, and the patient puts in a fresh bulb by breathing properly and exercising. If we each do our part, the light goes on.
Dr. Blaich is an internationally recognized natural healthcare expert, both as a physician and a teacher. Dr. Blaich has recently released Your Inner Pharmacy, a book which bridges the divide between traditional and alternative medicine; showing how patients can receive the best from all modalities of healthcare. For more information on his book and his philosophies on health and wellness, visit www.yourinnerpharmacy.com.
Professionally, I am unique as a holistic physician, a generalist in the world of natural health care. One of the greatest deficiencies of our medical and health care system is the lack of generalists, who look at "the big pictiure" with patients and then work to match the best form of treatment to the patient...
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