Over-breathing Increases Allergic Reactions
Histamine levels increase during prolonged over-breathing. Histamine is a substance secreted by mast cells during exposure to an allergen. This substance creates swelling (edema), local inflammation and constriction of the smaller airways (bronchiole). This is especially relevant to people with hay fever (rhinitis) and asthma.
Breathing increases as a result of our modern living style. Factors such as strong emotions, time urgency, tension, anger, stress, anxiety, overeating, processed foods, a belief that taking big breaths is good, lack of exercise, excessive talking, and high temperatures within the home all contribute to overbreathing.