How does focusing on your breathing improve your health?
Research studies have shown that focusing on your breathings can improve the functions of the immune system and regulate the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines like TNF-alpha (tumor necrosis factors- alpha) and interleukins-6 by the immune cell.
It may also lead to an increase in the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines like interleukins-10.
This suggests that improving your breathing processes could slow down or inhibit the development or progress of diseases linked to inflammation such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and arthritis.
Improves cognitive functions
Focusing on slow, deep breathing would calm your mind and increase your attention span. It would also enhance the cognitive functions of the brain such as memory, concentration power, and focus.
Slow and conscious breathing can help you focus on the tasks you are performing at the present moment by improving your awareness of time and space and thus, increase your productivity at school, workplace, and home.