Lip Trainer

Are You A Nose Breather
or a Mouth Breather?

There’s a world of difference between the two. In simple terms breathing through the nose offers a considerable number of health benefits that breathing through the mouth isn’t equipped to do. Chronic mouth breathing may result in the muscles that open the sidewalls of the nose to weaken through lack of use.

Breathing through your mouth causes your saliva to dry up and the passageway becomes susceptible to throat inflammations and breathing stress. Yes I wrote “breathing stress”. You probably haven’t come across that phrase before but it’s very real.

Whatever makes it difficult for you to breathe through your nose contributes to you mouth breathing. Mouth breathing elevates your blood pressure and heart rate and exacerbates asthma, sleep apnea, allergies, rhinitis and deprives your heart, brain and other organs of proper oxygenation.

And that’s not all. Unfortunately there are more detrimental side effects to mouth breathing which have become better understood in recent years, including:

• crowded teeth
• higher incidence of dental cavities
• digestive issues
• sore throat infections
• dry mouth
• bad breath
• morning headaches
• poor sleeping patterns
• snoring
• inflamed gums
• dry lips

Mouth breathing can also impact the shape of a developing child’s jaw position and face, in particular inducing long narrow faces with regressed cheekbones. Any teeth emerging from the jaw bone can become crooked and the resultant smiles will display much of the surrounding gumline.

Even a child’s posture can be affected because of facial and skeletal issues linked to mouth breathing. In order to breathe more freely, the airways must be fully open, yet this can be difficult when the shoulders are hunched and forward-leaning (common these says with excessive mobile phone use).

Developing Speech Impediments
As a mouth develops and grows, especially between the ages of 4 and 13 there are instances of speech alterations and vocal impediments such as lisps, sound omissions or articulatory disorders.

Mouth breathing can adversely impact the way the tongue works, something known as “tongue thrust’. This affects the actions of speaking, swallowing and chewing. Children are already at a self-conscious age and vocal impediments can deepen any existing, negative responses, requiring the work of a speech therapist to correct speech impediments.

Common Complaints
Because mouth breathing bypasses the correct mechanisms that are in place for breathing, the most common complaints brought about by mouth breathing are snoring and sleep apnea. Unless something is done to curb or eliminate these conditions, there can be a detrimental impact on any relationship.

Nose Breathing
Is the best way to breathe. Based on the specific apparatus and mechanisms by which we inhale, nose breathing offers several health benefits, specifically increased blood circulation, improved blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels and better lung volumes.

In technical terms…..

“The nasal cycle, which is part of an overall body cycle, is
controlled by the hypothalamus. Sympathetic dominance
on one side causes nasal vasoconstriction of the ipsilateral
turbinate, while parasympathetic dominance on the other
causes nasal vasoconstriction of the contralateral turbinate.
Increased airflow through the right nostril is correlated to
increased left brain activity and enhanced verbal performance
where as increased airflow through the left nostril is associated
with increased right brain activity and enhanced spatial performance.”
Shannahoff-Kalsa, 1993 . The ultradian rhythm of alternating cerebral hemispheric activity. International journal of Neuroscience 70, 285-298

The nose is host to over 50 species of bacteria. As is the case with bacteria, if all goes according to plan, the ‘good’ ones tend to triumph over the ‘bad’ ones. But only if we nose breathe! The moment we start to mouth breathe the ‘bad’ bacteria dominate, allowing such conditions as Staphyloccus Aureas to develop.

How To Fix This?

The Lip Trainer has become the most exciting “go-to” piece of equipment for people suffering from breathing-related conditions. Now being studied by many distinguished health groups around the world the Lip Trainer has been used since the year 2000 by over one million people as well as in over 5000 Hospitals, Dental Clinics and Doctor’s offices in Asia, especially in Japan and Singapore. Most of the new Lip Trainer users have come from recommendations made by existing users.

Daily exercise with the Lip Trainer will perform the following;

  • Increase Cerebral Blood Flow
  • Activate Facial Expression Muscles
  • Coordinate Movement of Tongue & Throat
  • Boost Parasympathetic Nervous System

Through only 9 minutes a day of simple use, you will feel different within the first two weeks, after which chronic symptoms should start to improve.

Made from a rubberised plastic, the Lip Trainer trains the orbicularis muscles (the lips) to remain closed while breathing through the nose. The same lip exercises work to strengthen the mimic muscles that control facial expressions.

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