Allergies affecting the airways often occur in people who breathe habitually through the mouth. As they do not use the filter system of the nasal passages, the front line against pathogens, they lack necessary defence functions.
Mouth breathing is the consequence of obstructed nasal breathing. It usually exists from childhood on. The airways of the nose have become narrow at an early age due to a lack of respiratory flow stimulation. In the case of allergic reactions, the mucous membranes in the nasal conchae swell additionally, causing the airways to become even narrower or even close. Mouth breathing is the unavoidable consequence. This creates a vicious circle: The harmful mouth breathing is both trigger and intensifier of the allergy. If it persists, constant repetition and aggravation are to be expected.
Overreaction of the immune system
The Robert Koch Institute notes that almost every third person has been affected by allergies in the last 12 months. In spring and early summer, “hay fever” is particularly widespread. The symptoms are allergic reactions: Tearing eyes, sneezing, rhinitis, coughing, shortness of breath up to asthmatic attacks or an allergic shock. These reactions are triggered by plant pollen but also by animal hair, house dust and much more. An adapted immune system fends off the stimuli (allergens) without noticeable consequences. However, the immune system can also misinterpret the stimuli and overreact. The consequences are allergic reactions with varying degrees of disease symptoms.
Nasal breathing – the front line of the defence system
Allergies that affect the respiratory tract are triggered by the ambient air we breathe in. Vital oxygen can reach the lungs either through the mouth or the nose. Although both work, it is by no means irrelevant whether we breathe through the mouth or the nose. Only nasal breathing can ensure the necessary quality of the inhaled air and naturally provide protective functions to ward off disease: on its way through the nasal passages, the air is cleaned, warmed and moistened. Viruses, bacteria, pollen and dust get caught in the mucus in the nose and in more than 30,000 small flesh hairs (cilia) of the nasal conchae. It is difficult for the pathogens to overcome this safety system. Once trapped, they cannot further penetrate the body. Instead, they are blown out again or transported into the stomach when swallowed, where they are destroyed by stomach acid.
Mouth breathing is dangerous
Breathing through the mouth is very harmful to our health. For many diseases, which are often extensively treated with long-term medical and medicinal applications, it can even be the central cause. If breathing through the mouth is not abandoned and converted to habitual nasal breathing, health problems become increasingly worse.
In contrast to the positive effects of nasal breathing, mouth breathing has exclusively harmful effects. People who breathe regularly or frequently through the mouth lack important defence functions to protect their health. Pathogens can enter the mouth, throat and lungs unhindered and spread throughout the body via this route. It also reduces the oxygen supply in the blood and in the body cells. The immune system is constantly weakened. Overall, mouth breathers are therefore much more susceptible to diseases and are affected by them more frequently and more severely.
Nasal breathing cannot protect against all health problems and risks. Without routine nasal breathing, however, it lacks one of the most important prerequisites to ward off disease. Mouth breathing, on the other hand, causes disease, sustains it for a long time and makes it worse.
Mouth breathing is rarely noticed
Many people are affected by mouth breathing without being aware of it. Only few breathe constantly through the open mouth. Most of them also manage to breathe through the nose at times. However, it requires only little physical exertion to feel shortness of breath and to unconsciously switch over breathing to the mouth. As a result, more air can be inhaled more quickly and the breathing requirement can be met without difficulty. Mouth breathers also show themselves in unobserved, uncontrolled moments and especially during sleep. Snoring and nocturnal breathing stops are typical signs of this false breathing.
- Open mouth position – even slightly open lips
- dry mouth during the night or day
- blocked nasal passages, frequent use of nasal sprays
- frequent caries formation, early tooth loss
- Common infectious diseases
- Hearing impairments
- Nocturnal breathing interruptions (sleep apnoea)
- Heart and circulation diseases
- Metabolic disorders
What does not help
Conversion from mouth breathing to biological nasal breathing does not succeed either through understanding or good intentions. Also nasal sprays cannot change the wrong breathing behaviour, but they do destroy the filigree defence system of the nasal mucous membrane permanently. Finally, surgical operations and auxiliary devices are also available. Surgical interventions, however, always involve risks, cannot change faulty behaviour and are without any promise of success. Devices only have supporting properties. They deteriorate the body’s own abilities and create a permanent dependency.
FaceFormer Therapy – The right way to nasal breathing
The requirements for correct breathing are functioning airway passages, new posture, tension and movement patterns in the mouth and throat area, as well as habitually correct breathing behaviour. Together these are complicated coordination mechanisms that can only be learned through neurophysiological exercise programs. The FaceFormer Training Therapy was developed for this purpose based on the findings of modern neuroscience. Today, it is used worldwide.
With a training device, the FaceFormer, identical exercises are trained regularly over a limited period of time. As soon as resistance-free breathing through the nose is automated, the training can be completed. The newly learnt skills are preserved for a long time: The natural breathing through the nose is successful day and night. A winning recipe for shielding against pathogens, allergies, snoring, nightly breathing stops and many other illnesses. In addition, the method works as a fitness training for general health and to improve performance.