Diaphragm breathing

Muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs are covered in an elastic stocking called Fascia. It is an interwoven connective tissue network. Stiff neck and hunched posture are affected by our posture when standing or seated. Correcting your posture takes repeated practice and observation of yourself. To observe your posture look at old photos or pictures taken of you by others.

Diaphragm breathing not only creates good posture but also your digestion. The diaphragm covers the stomach, kidneys, spleen, liver, gall bladder and colon. Breathing in deeply by flattening the diaphragm gently massages the organs downwards increasing pressure in the abdomen. The pressure is felt right down into the small pelvis where the bladder and female or male organs lie.The peritoneum is a membrane that supports your abdomen. Using the abdominal muscles to breathe helps to change the pressure in your pelvis and improve your pelvic floor muscle tone. It is more relaxing and effective than Kegel exercises for a prolapse or hernia.

Your food pipe is called the oesophagus. It is a flat tube that opens after swallowing to carry food to your stomach. It passes through your diaphragm at the level of your tenth rib, bends left and enters the stomach through a circular muscle called a sphincter. If the stomach pushes up through the diaphragm the sphincter weakens leading to a hiatus hernia. Smoking, obesity, eating late in the evening or over eating spicy or fatty foods make the condition worse. Remember that as you breath in your diaphragm flattens and widens. As you breath out it pushes up under the lungs and your rib cage gets narrower.

Medication reduces stomach acid but does nothing to improve your digestion. Some acids in food affect your stomach more than others. Acetic acid in malt vinegar irritates the stomach. Malic acid in cyder vinegar eases the digestion. It assists hydrochloric stomach acid to digest proteins. Proteins break down to peptides. Once the acidity is sufficient the pyloric spinster opens to release the contents into the next stage of digestion called the duodenum. Citric acid in oranges, grapefruit and lemons also aid your digestion. Try hot water and lemon or an orange before a meal  or half a grapefruit a day, especially before eating meat or other sources of protein.