Monday, August 30, 2010

Buteyko Table of Health Zones

This is a super great and interesting graph on the different Control Pauses and the level of health/disease that is connected to it. It's frustrating though for me having been stuck at 20 seconds since January this year, 2010. At least I'm still working on it and hopefully some day my CP will improve.

http://normalbreathing.com

My current pulse is around 76 beats per minute, I take about 16 breaths per minute, my MP is at least 70 seconds, but my CP is still 20 seconds.....According to this zones thing my CP ought to be at least 30 seconds. Sometime my pulse is still at 80 and even 84 though, and sometimes my MP is only 45. I guess I'm a work in progress....

7 comments:

undertow said...

Very interesting, some quick tests puts me at about 40 CP range. What was Buteyko's remedy for this? RRARF :)

Lisa E said...

lol, I wish RRARF could up my CP. :) But if you're at a 40 CP you have nothing to worry about. That puts you into the top click of today's population of health. My Buteyko teachers have CPs of 40 and they worked long and hard to get there. You can consider yourself lucky! Can you tell I'm jealous!!!! lol. Good job though! Keep nose breathing! :)

Lisa E said...

To answer your question though. The methods of upping your CP involves tedious, grueling breathing exercises for hours every day, that you don't want to get into unless you really have to.

An easier way to up the CP for someone with as high a CP as you is to exercise while nose breathing only. That's a huge challenge for most people but that's what will increase CO2 levels in the body, upping the CP. People who are too sick to exercise have no choice but to sit and do breathing exercises.

undertow said...

Thanks for the feedback, I will be starting back with some high intensity weightlifting soon. I took one year off, to RRARF my brains out :) I will try and nose breath only on those workouts, meaning as much as I can ;)

Violeta said...

Lets not forget that the oxygen concentration in the atmosphere has been decreasing rapidly and it is even worse in highly populated urban areas :-((( One thing that comes to mind is hyperbaric oxygen therapy(HBOT)- you are put in a chamber with pure O2 under pressure. I would be curious to try it if I have a chance ;-)) As far as I remember Ray Peat mentioned one other way to increase CO2 in tissues is to visit high altitudes:-)

Lisa E said...

undertow:
I'm glad you RRARFed your brains out! lol...I've just started doing pilates again and some yoga. It's a slooooow journey this....

Violetta:
Just to clear things up, you don't want MORE oxygen coming into your body. You want the regular amount of oxygen that enters the body to be well UTILIZED and actually enter the cells. This is why the Hatya yoga masters can take one breath, then hold their breath for up to 7 minutes while fully, super efficiently utilizing that one little breath, getting the cells filled to the brim with oxygen thanks to their high CO2 levels.

When you hyperventilate you have way more oxygen in the body than the rest since you suck in way more taking that many more breaths. The issue is that when you hyperventilate you loose CO2 cause you exhale so many times too. It's the CO2 that allows the available oxygen in the blood to enter the cells. So, you can pump yourself full of oxygen and you still won't be able to oxygenate the body on a cellular level. If you could pump yourself with CO2 that would in theory be a better way to oxygenate the body. lol. The best way to safely increase CO2 in the body is to exercise, so long as you don't mouth breathe and loose all the CO2 immediately....which is what most people do sadly.

I was watching a marathon a while back, and almost everyone was mouth breathing....I only saw two older asian men who were fully nose breathing. They looked like they were in excellent shape too as opposed to the rest of the bunch. I'd like to see the professional runners and if they also mouth breathe. It's very possible sadly.

Violeta said...

Hi Lisa,
Since I do not have any personal experience I can only cite what I have been told in presentation by a Dr. Steenblock that uses HBOT and high altitude chambers in addition to his umbilical cord stem cell therapy. A lot of people with chronic issues usually have low metabolism so the peripheral tissues suffer low blood circulation. When such people are put into HBOT chamber they start to absorb oxygen through the skin as well and that artificially boost their metabolism, circulation and tissue oxygenation. The short increase in free radical production caused by the oxygen influx actually stimulates the stem cells to go and repair these areas and the new cells will have better functioning mitochondria :-) Inflammation can sometime be a good thing:-)))
Also he puts them in chamber that imitates high altitude which causes the production of extra red blood cells that transport the oxygen to tissues.
CO2 is a sub-product of ATP production in the mitochondria. So from biochemical perspective low CO2 = low ATP. How the yogi succeed to hold their breath for such a long time is quite fascinating ;-)))