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What You Eat Affects How You Breathe & How You Breathe Affects What You Eat!

“We are what we eat!” & “Breathing is the most important activity in our life.” are two facts we cannot dismiss but did you know that what you eat will change the way you breathe and how you breathe will change the food you eat?
This is the conclusion I have reached after gathering a sample of over a hundred of my patients over the past year. It came as a surprise to me even though I have been working in the field of breath training for over fifteen years as a Buteyko Educator and as a Whole Plant Nutritionist for the last two years.
Since a poor diet can lead to many modern diseases from Allergies to Cancers and poor breathing is a major factor in the development of Asthma, Hypertension, Panic attacks, ME, Heart problems, Gut problems and many more conditions, even orthodontic problems, this link between the two needs far more attention. To explain the physiological connection between poor diet and poor breathing is easy; a diet comprised of too much meat, dairy, soft drinks, processed foods often leads to metabolic acidosis (the body becomes too acid) & to correct this the body can either draw calcium from your bones or cause you to hyperventilate to get rid of carbon dioxide to neutralize the acidity. Thus it is important when teaching people to breathe normally and stop hyperventilating to ensure they are eating a good diet.
The connection between good breathing and diet is more subtle; when we breathe normally the body is optimally oxygenated and we are usually calm and free of stress, this appears to cause us to be more thoughtful of what we eat and we tend not to snack on junk foods.
The chart below shows my most recent results of this research. You can easily check your own stats by visiting and go to “Check your own breathing” to get your Control Pause CP on the chart. Go to either and go to “Check your own diet with the 4LeafSurvey” or

Connection – Discover How You & Your Health are Connected to, well, Everything!


After over a century of reductionism in medicine we need to relearn how our health and wellbeing are connected to the functioning of our body mechanics, the food we eat, the way we breathe, our mental state, our family and community life, the environment we live in and much more. We need to restore “Wholism ” or “Holism” to our teaching and practice of medicine if we are ever to have a sustainable health service. “Connection” by Michael Lingard gives a brief insight and practical advice as to how we can start to regain a deeper understanding of health and sickness that goes beyond “Pill for Every Ill”.
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Visit our website for more information and details of “The Real Health Assessment” as a pdf to download HERE . This Health Assessment is aimed at checking the key factors that lay the foundation for your health: your body structure, your diet, your breathing and your stress unlike standard Health Assessments that are designed to identify pathologies; you can usually get the medical tests from your doctor if necessary free of charge on the NHS.

Could it be Your Back that’s causing your Health Problem?

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Did you know that all your internal organs, your heart, stomach, kidneys, bladder, liver etc. get their nerve supply from your spine? Did you realise that if you have a restriction or minor problem in your back it may be causing or at least contributing to your internal problem? If you didn’t you are in good company as many doctors ignore this vital connection too often. In fact this connection was the foundation of osteopathy and chiropractic therapy over a century ago but over the years we have come to disregard the mechanical relationship and rely more and more on medication to deal with our health problems. As usual life is a bit more complicated than this and if we are seriously interested in the origins or a health problem we must check out the individual’s structure, their diet, their breathing, their stress and emotional state, their work and general physical activity. Much of this is not given adequate attention in modern medicine that seeks to diagnose the pathology then treat it with medication or surgical procedures. The chart above is your guide to how your health may be affected by problems in your back and if you want to learn more about the other factors visit “www.totalhealthmatters.co.uk” to learn about “the Body Connection” ,”The Food Connection”, “The Breath Connection> and “The Mind Connection”

TotalHealthMatters! Health Workshops for 2016

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A series of Health Lifestyle Workshops are planned for 2016 held on the first Thursday evening of each month from February at 6pm to 7.30pm at TotalHealthMatters!, Hawkhurst, Kent.
Each workshop is designed to give you the information needed to help yourself to better health by learning more about each topic from body mechanics to mind training and by giving you practical advice you can use in your everyday life.
This is a great opportunity to learn from three very experience health workers with over seventy years combined practice supporting their work.
It is also an introduction to tomorrow’s healthcare, based on health promotion, holism and sound scientific research.
Your understanding of the driving forces for a long healthy life will not only benefit yourself but all your family and friends with this added knowledge and experience you will derive rom these workshops.
Book the whole series of eight at the discounted fee of £295 or select the individual workshops that interest you the most, at £45 each. Spaces are limited to only ten participants per workshop but if a space is not available you may be added to a priority waiting list for future workshops.
The Full Course (Eight workshops over eight months) view HERE
The individual workshops are shown below:
The Body Connection Part One HERE
The Body Connection Part Two HERE
The Food Connection Part One HERE
The Food Connection Part Two HERE
The Breath Connection Part One HERE
The Breath Connection Part Two HERE
The Mind Connection Part One HERE
The Mind Connection Part Two HERE

Beautiful & Healthy Children and Adults Eat Starch & Nose Breathe!

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It is always fascinating when two pieces of a puzzle fit together; what has nose breathing and eating starch got to do with our health and beauty?
Slowly I am coming to the conclusion that everything connects with everything!
Many of you already know why nose breathing as opposed to mouth breathing leads to a beautiful well formed face and consequently a good posture and fine structural integrity. For those who still don’t know you can look up previous blog “Beautiful Children Breathe Through Their Nose” or do a simple experiment on yourself.
Let’s start with a simple fact you can check with your dentist or orthodontist; a pressure of 3 grams applied 24/7 to a tooth will cause it to move to a new location – this is how braces work.
Now begin the experiment: open your mouth and breathe through your mouth for a minute. Note mentally where your tongue is.
Now closer your mouth and breathe through your nose for a minute and once again mentally note where your tongue is now.
Unless you are a rare exception you will have discovered that your tongue rested on the lower teeth when mouth breathing but pressed up onto the roof of the mouth when nose breathing. When pressing on the roof of the mouth it is applying about 30 grams of pressure that keeps the upper jaw wide to comfortably hold all the teeth in good position, if the tongue fall to the lower jaw the upper jaw will usually narrow and the teeth will crowd and be crooked. This in turn affect the development of the whole facial features.For the detail go to TheBreathConnection
Now about the starch!
The human body is designed to eat starchy foods, all societies that get most of their nutrition from starch based vegetables are almost free from obesity and many of the diseases of modern affluent societies. Whether its rice, potatoes, wheat corn or what, they all are the great staples of the large proportion of the world’s population who enjoy good health and fine bodies. The increased proportion of animal based food and refined foods are the downfall of modern societies, giving rise to obesity, cancer, heart disease, strokes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and more. Visit TheFoodConnection for the science & detail or read “The Starch Solution” by Dr. John A. McDougall
So for you and your children: always nose breathe and enjoy the carbs (unrefined), fruit and vegetables but eat with less of the food with faces.

A Guide For Parents – Another Five A Day!

Healthy childrenEvery parent has become increasingly aware of the need for good nutrition, good exercise and a supportive home and school environment for the health and wellbeing of their children. The government campaigns have advised “five a day” and more sport in schools but as yet there has been no recognition of the equally vital matter of good breathing for good health. Poor breathing has been the hidden, silent factor responsible for many childhood health problems that can lay the foundation for a wide range of modern diseases in later life.
Here is another “five a day” recommendation to help your child:

1. Ensure your child is a good breather.
A simple test is the “Step exercise” : Get your child to take a normal breath in then a normal breath out, then while they hold their nose see how many steps they can do, keeping their mouth closed before they need to release their nose to take another breath.
This is a simple measure of how well oxygenated their body is:
100 to 80 steps indicates excellent breathing
60 to 80 steps is very good
40 to 60 steps is good
30 to 40 steps is poor and may be impairing their heath
20 to 30 steps is very poor with almost certain adverse effect on their health
Fewer than 20 steps is a dangerously low result and efforts should be made to correct this.
Older children may be able to measure their breathing with a “Control Pause”
Keeping their mouth closed, take a normal breath in then a normal breath out and see how many seconds they can hold their nose for before taking another breath in. This exercise should be easy and stress free, it is a measure of their maximum COMFORTABLE breath hold.
45 to 60 seconds Excellent, 35 to 45 Very good, 25 to 35 Good, 20 to 25 Poor,15 to 20 Very poor, 10 to 15 Seriously poor and Under 10 suggests an urgent need to correct this.
Why not check your own breathing with a Control Pause as well?

2. Help teach better breathing habits.
Encourage quiet nose breathing all the time. Set an example by improving your own breathing.
Set a good example by improving your own breathing!

3. Watch for signs of bad breathing habits.
Mouth breathing, upper chest breathing, breathlessness, snoring at night.
Set a good example by being aware of your own breathing faults!

4. Encourage relaxation and quiet when stressed.
Teach quiet relaxation, breathing as gently as possible with all the body relaxed.
Set a good example by learning to relax yourself!

5. Tell them why they need a nose & how to make it work well.
The nose is for breathing & the mouth is for eating and talking.
“They should breathe through their mouth as often as they eat through nose!”
Teach nose-clearing exercise: Breathe in then out through the nose, keep the mouth closed, hold the nose, gently nod the head until they need to breathe in, release the nose and take a breathe in. Repeat two or three times.

Check their progress from time to time with (1) above.

The Breath Connection

The Breath Connection
Just published “The Breath Connection” by Michael Lingard. We are all allotted about 500,000,000 breaths in our lifetime, this little book explains how to use them well and what happens when we don’t!
E-book version (immediate download) £2.75 from or a paperback version if you prefer.
Change your life, get rid of your stress, lower your blood pressure, stop your panic attacks, help your gut, raise your energy, improve your sleep, make sure your children don’t get crooked teeth, fix your asthma….and more.
Read the science & physiology that backs this connection up and begin to take better care of your self.
Your doctor has usually never checked your breathing as part of a routine examination (unless you arrive complaining of a respiratory condition) despite the fact that breathing is perhaps the most important activity in our lives! Well, we can live for three weeks without food, three days without water but less than three minutes without air!
Over 75% of us in the West over-breath or hyperventilate and breath badly using our upper chest and mouth breathing instead of using the amazing breathing tube – our nose. You can check your own breathing with this book and become aware of just how much you can do to help yourself to better health.
Download it now, read it today and begin to change your life and start to enjoy better health without the aid of drugs.Just click HERE

Why you should eat your greens as Mum said!

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Plants are amazing! They do something we can’t do. Every day of their lives they perform what seems an almost nuclear energy process as routine. They combine the common gas, carbon dioxide, with water using high energetic photons to make carbohydrates, the stem, leaves & fruit of the plant!
CARBON DIOXIDE + WATER = CARBOHYDRATES PLUS ?

The huge old oak tree in the field is made almost entirely from water and the carbon dioxide exhaled by animals and people over the years. This amazing alchemy comes at a price however.
The plants use high energetic light photons in this process that result in dangerous, potentially damaging, waste particles called “free radicals” that can destroy the plant.

FREE RADICALS CAN DAMAGE YOUR DNA & ALL BODY CELLS

Fortunately for the plants they have evolved over millions of years their own protection against these harmful particles. They produce a whole range of chemicals called anti-oxidants that can mop up the free radicals and make them harmless. They produce far more than they need for their own protection. That’s how they have survived to now.

FREE RADICALS ARE NEUTRALISED BY ANTIOXIDANTS

Animals, and that includes us humans, also produce these damaging free radicals throughout their lives, it is just one of the side effects of their metabolism, body chemistry and other chemical stressors. However animals don’t produce those protective agents like the plants in any significant quantities.
When the cow or sheep eats grass or other plant food the surplus antioxidants in the plants mop up the free radicals in the animal, the plants not only provide the animal’s food for energy and growth but also provide this remarkable protection against the harmful effects of free radicals. If we eat only animal food that contains little or no antioxidants and often a fair amount of free radicals we no longer get the protection of the antioxidants and are at risk of damage to our DNA and all other cellular structures.

BY EATING PLANTS WE PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THIS SERIOUS HEALTH HAZARD

This is why we should eat our greens like Mum told us!
A whole plant diet will give us that extra protection and all the nutrition we need without the risk of adding more dangerous free radicals from animal based food to our own natural load, but that’s another story! You can get more on this from “The China Study” by Colin Campbell, an excellent book to make us all think again about our eating habits.

Does Your Child Mouth Breathe?

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If your child, whatever age, mouth breathes rather than using the nose to breathe most of the time they could be heading for many health problems that could be easily avoided.
To be brief: anyone that habitually mouth breathes is at risk of multiple healthy problems from orthodontic to heart disease.
Children who habitually mouth breathe will usually develop crooked, crowded teeth and fail to develop normal facial features. They will be more at risk of developing asthma especially if there is a family history of asthma. They will probably suffer more throat and chest infections than others simply because they are not using their first line of defence; nose breathing that kills most airborne bugs and aids the immune system.
As they get older and continue to mouth breathe they will begin to suffer the many health problems of chronic hidden hyperventilation, anxiety, panic attacks, hypertension, heart diseases, angina,hay fever, gastric problems, breathlessness, low energy, and the list goes on.

Don’t take our word for this why not watch and hear children who have trained this way HERE This is a great video of a number of children from a Glasgow school who are telling their own story.

This is not a new idea but the dangers of mouth breathing were brought to the attention of the medical profession over a hundred years ago in a book published, not by a doctor, but by an artist who recognised the problem while painting the indigenous population of the Americas. “Shut your mouth and save your life” PDF
Or if you prefer a modern scientific explanation visit the notes on connections with many health problems on The Breath Connection website,or watch this video by an Australian dentist HERE

For more information on the orthodontic side visit The Clinic, an Orthoptropic site where I help with teaching normal breathing HERE

Meanwhile, here’s wishing you all a Happy Prosperous and Healthy New Year and remember ” You should breathe through your mouth as often as you eat through your nose!”

As an experienced Buteyko Method Educator and member of the BBEC I can offer any help you may need to learn better breathing, whatever your problem improved breathing will have a significant benefit for you.

The Breath Connection & Orthotropics

The Breath Connection and The Clinic for Facial Orthotropics will be working together to promote healthy teeth, normal facial development and better health through better breathing.

Click on the logo “The Clinic For Facial Orthotropics” for more information

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The Breath Connection Buteyko Breathing Training

The Breath Connection does not treat any condition specifically but teaches clients how to correct the dysfunctional breathing that is invariably associated with most health problems. By normalizing the person’s breathing the body is better able to function, most symptoms are reduced, energy is increased, there are usually improvements in: immune system, body oxygenation, circulation, digestion, sleep, concentration and frequently less medication is needed for their condition.

  • Orthodontic Dental Problems Gum Disease
  • Sports Performance Physical Exercise Improvement
  • Asthma Sinusitis Hay fever Rhinitis
  • Stress Anxiety & Panic Attacks
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME
  • Circulation Angina Hypertension Arrhythmias
  • Insomnia Snoring & Sleep Apnoea

All children who are habitual mouth-breathers will have a malocclusion. The mouth breathers’ maxillae and mandibles are foreshortened. Palatal height is higher overbite is greater in mouth breathers. Overall, mouth breathers have longer faces, with narrower maxillae and foreshortened jaws.

The tongue plays a large part in influencing cranial and maxillary growth. When a child is new born the forward thrusting of the tongue to express milk from the mothers breast is the force that drives the horizontal or forward growth of the maxillae. The tongue is ideally in contact with the roof of the mouth at rest and during the sub-conscious swallow. In this position, the tongue exerts a lateral force, which counterbalances the inward force exerted by the buccinator muscles. This is what maintains the integrity of the developing maxilla. The moment the child is a mouth breather, and the tongue drops to the floor of the mouth, the buccinators continue to push inwards and cause the upper arch to collapse. It is not possible to have the tongue rest and function in the palate and breathe through the mouth. In the chronic mouth breathing child the tongue falls from the roof of the mouth and no longer provides support for the upper arch.

Breathing through the mouth causes or contributes to the following dental problems: Dental decay, Gum disease, Malocclusion (teeth not fitting together properly when the mouth is shut), anterior open bite (prominent top teeth), Reduced dental arch space (narrow roof of the mouth) Greater potential for relapse of orthodontic correction. TMJ dysfunction, (where the jaw bone hinges onto the cheek bone). Bad breath problems.

When the mouth is closed the tongue is normally pressed lightly upwards onto the palate, this constant small pressure ensures the correct development of the upper jaw. If however the mouth is kept open for breathing, the tongue falls to the floor of the mouth and the palate may develop with a high arch and reduced space for the upper teeth. If this kind of breathing is habitual, the face becomes more narrow or elongated compared with that of nose breathing siblings. (Champagne 1991, Rubin 1980)