How do you get oxygen to your toes through breathing? It all starts with your mouth and nose. When you inhale, a muscle beneath your lungs, the diaphragm, contracts. As a result, air pulls through your nose or mouth, where the air is heated. This is important because if the air is too cold or too dry, it can irritate your lungs and cause problems when you try to breathe.
From there, air travels down your windpipe through two tubes called bronchi into your lungs. In the lungs, the bronchi branch into smaller and smaller tubes, the smallest of which are called bronchioles, which are about as thin as a piece of hair. Air travels through these tubes in small sacs at the end of each bronchiole called alveoli. The alveoli are surrounded by tiny capillaries so small that blood cells can only travel through them one at a time. From the alveoli, oxygen travels through these capillaries where it attaches to blood cells that are then pumped by the heart and travel throughout the body.
At the same time, as the blood distributes oxygen to your cells, it takes carbon dioxide, a waste product of your body's natural processes, back to the lungs. The carbon dioxide then makes the reverse journey of the oxygen and is exhaled. This is how carbon dioxide leaves the body. This happens when the diaphragm relaxes, which pushes the air out of your lungs. This process happens thousands of times a day, usually unnoticed unless there is a disturbance such as coughing.
It is important to keep your airways healthy. Exercising regularly, eating well, and getting enough sleep every day are the keys to helping your respiratory system function properly. Essential oils can also support feelings of free airways and easy breathing.* If you're looking for a great way to support your respiratory system, try oils like Peppermint, doTERRA On Guard® Lemon or Cardamon.* You can also use doTERRA Air on the skin® or Eucalyptus (diluted with fractionated coconut oil) for a cooling, soothing sensation.
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