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SHUT YOUR MOUTH! Sorry! Didn't mean to be rude but now that I have your attention, professional health experts suggest you should really shut your mouth.


Here is why you should keep your mouth shut on two occasions:

Keep your mouth shut while breathing:

This is simply to remind you to breathe through your nose. Your body allows two ways for air to reach your lungs, that is through the nose and the mouth. Most people breathe through their nose as well as their mouths.

However, many people rely on breathing primarily through their mouths and not their noses. This is called mouth breathing that can lead to snoring, dry mouth and bad morning breath. Continuous mouth breathing even when you’re sleeping can deteriorate gum health, increase risk of sleep disorders, throat infections and can even change people’s facial structure.

So breathing through your nostrils is better for your health. Unlike your mouth, the protective fine hairs in your nose called ‘cilia’ filter out dust and germs present in the air. Breathing dry air through your mouth can irritate the lungs.

But the presence of turbinates (tiny structures inside of your nose) in your nose moisturizes and cleanses the air that passes through your nasal cavity and into your lungs. Nasal breathing can also increase a compound known as nitride oxide produced by the nose that aids in maintaining your blood pressure levels. It also boosts your immune system as nitric oxide also has anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, and anti-bacterial properties.

Even in yoga, it is recommended to breathe through your nose as it boosts your oxygen intake and is immensely relaxing as well.

Keep your mouth shut while eating:

As a child instructed on table manners and etiquettes you must have been told to close your mouth while eating. Yes, there is a right way to chew your food or as we understand it to be a health-giving way. You should chew with your mouth closed and your tongue working to move the food from side to side with your jaw rotating slightly.

Now you must be wondering what difference does that make? The food is going to get broken down by my stomach anyway!

You might find it interesting to know that the digestion of the food you eat begins in your mouth. Chewing your food properly with your mouth closed helps break down large chunks of food into smaller pieces.

This eases the strain on your esophagus and aids your stomach in food digestion. Chewing produces more saliva containing digestive enzymes that assists both the breakdown of food and absorption of nutrients so that your body can convert it into energy.

However, when you eat with your mouth open you often swallow too much air which can be responsible for digestive issues such as bloating.

Moreover, it takes a longer amount of time to crush down and mix food with saliva when breathing through the mouth.

If you are suffering from indigestion, nausea, acidity, bloating, heartburn or constipation you must make an effort to chew your food with your mouth closed. Chewing your food properly can make a big difference as it eases digestion as well as nutrient absorption.

Breathing delivers life-sustaining oxygen to your body. It also enables the removal of carbon dioxide and waste. In short, it keeps you alive. Breathing through your nose and eating with your mouth closed are simple acts that can add immense quality to your life and health.

Why don’t you try it for yourself now and keep your mouth shut? 🤫

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