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 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 many health benefits; breathing through the mouth doesn’t.  Chronic mouth breathing can cause 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 breathing through the mouth. Mouth breathing elevates your blood pressure and heart rate, deprives your heart, brain and other organs of proper oxygenation at the same time exacerbating asthma, sleep apnea, allergies and rhinitis.

And that’s not all. 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 daily 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

What may be interesting is that 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, causing such conditions as Staphyloccus Aureas infections.

How To Fix This?

The Lip Trainer, developed by a Japanese researcher has become the most exciting “go-to” piece of equipment for people suffering from breathing-related conditions.

Daily exercise with the Lip Trainer will perform the following;

increases cerebral blood flow

benefiting conditions such as Down\'s Syndrome - behavioural issues - attacks of epilepsy - stroke conditions - creation of synapses in newborns - mental alertness - aphasia - dementia (Alzheimer\'s and Parkinson\'s Disease) and brain damage.

activates facial expressions

Bell’s Palsy - drooling - bleeding from the gums while brushing - bad breath - mouth ulcers - excess phlegm - dry mouth - teeth grinding - sagging face - double chin - stiff neck - fine wrinkles - TMJ (temporomandibular) disorders such as alignment of teeth.

co-ordinates the movement of tongue and throat

benefiting conditions including speech and articulation disorders - swallowing disorders - snoring - sleep apnea (OSAS) - breathing difficulties - blocked nose - hypertension - irregular heartbeat.

boosts the parasympathetic nervous system

benefiting conditions including common colds - unidentified coughs - shallow sleep - toilet visits at night - bedwetting - atopic eczema - bowel and bladder issues - asthma attacks - menopause - depleted immunity - rheumatism - diabetes and blood sugar levels - kidney conditions - Sjogren’s Syndrome (immune system disorder).

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

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.

Used in over 5,000+ hospitals, dental clinics and doctor’s offices throughout Asia, the Lip Trainer has been providing radical results.

Lets Look Closer At How We Breathe

Breathing is about exhaling and inhaling: expiration and inspiration.  In the preface of his book  'The Tao of Natural Breathing', Dennis Lewis writes:

“…two facts have become clear to me with the regard to the relationship of breath to health and inner growth. First, that our poor breath habits have arisen not only out of our psychosomatic ‘ignorance’, our lack of organic awareness, but also out of our unconscious need for a buffering mechanism to keep us from sensing and feeling the reality of our own deep-rooted fears and contradictions. There is absolutely no doubt that superficial breathing ensures a superficial experience of ourselves. Second, that if we were able to breathe more ‘naturally’ for even a small percentage of the more than 15,000 breaths we take during each waking day, we would be taking a huge step not only preventing many of the physical and psychological problems that have become endemic to modern life, but also towards supporting our own inner growth - the growth of awareness of who and what we really are, of our own essential being.”

"To breathe is to live and to breathe fully is to live fully.  The natural, full-body breathing we are born with is compromised as we cut ourselves off from our feelings and emotions, most commonly to survive the often traumatic challenges of childhood.  The result?  Chronic shallow breathing reduces our breathing capacity to one third of its potential. The result? Diminished exchange of respiratory gases that in turn reduce our cellular energy depriving us of many health-giving actions that natural breathing would have in our inner organs.

The renowned spiritual pathfinder G. I. Gurdjeff said: Without mastering breathing nothing can be mastered.    

Want to look like Denzel Washington or Jennifer Aniston?

Look critically at the film stars and you’ll observe a facial symmetry.  For aspiring thespians this is a distinct advantage when auditioning for a role as it’s one of the features a casting director is looking for.  Facial symmetry is a trait that is attractive not only to humans but to several other species. Both men and women have a greater appeal when they have more symmetrical faces and bodies. Denzel Washington, People Magazine’s sexiest man way back in 1996 was found to have an almost perfectly symmetrical face. Stimulating the muscles of expression through regular use of the Lip Trainer can catalyse such facial changes, including an improvement in posture.  By increasing the facial expression muscles, an improvement of posture results as strengthening cheek muscles directly impacts the muscles at the back of the back of the neck.           

The Lip Trainer has benefited the following conditions

1.          Down's Syndrome    Short Film Clip (3:57) on the Lip Trainer and Down's Syndrome

Those with Down's Syndrome were born without developed facial expression muscles (ie weak strength of lip closure).  Consequently their faces all have a similarity - an open mouth, a chubby face with conditions such as sleep apnea, difficulty swallowing, speech disorder and hearing difficulties. When Down's Syndrome sufferers start to exercise their lips to strengthen their orbicular muscle, there will be a recovery from those symptoms. This image above speaks for itself. The father of a young girl living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia said at a special needs education conference in 2011 that his daughter developed the ability to talk using the Lip Trainer and after 3 years of its use can now speak fluently. 

Down's Syndrome girl. Kuala Lumpur

2.   Gum disease (Bleeding from the gums while brushing teeth)

A recent report from the Singapore Government shows that 85 % of Singaporeans have gum disease because the incidence of breast feeding is low.  Breast feeding is of course where the orbicular muscle of mouth develop; this is not the case with bottle feeding as considerably less sucking is required with the latter.  When these children grow up and become adults, their weak orbicular muscles will cause them to sleep with an open mouth.

3.  Anti-ageing and face slimming

Gravity and age are generally believed to combine resulting in a sagging of the facial skin.  This is reversible as the ‘gravity’ aspect is merely the facial muscles becoming weaker.  Use of the Lip Trainer will tighten the facial muscles as well improving breathing.

For more information click here.

4. Dementia

The speech therapists at the Okuno Hospital, Tokyo announced, for the first time in the world that \"The dementia (Alzheimer\'s) can be improved with the Lip Trainer Patakara\".

Blood flow to the frontal lobe of the brain increases when lip exercises are carried out with the Lip Trainer.  The brain works as an energy source. It is normally found that the function of the brain decreases in those with dementia as blood flow to the brain has decreased. There are four parts of the brain, the frontal lobe, the parietal lobe, temporal lobe and the occipital lobe.  It is believed that with dementia, blood flow to the frontal lobe reduces first.

5.  Mouth ulcers

People suffering from painful mouth ulcers have reported that, after breathing through their nose, their ulcers stopped immediately.  The reason for this is that nose breathing allows saliva to be retained in the mouth at night and saliva is key to the prevention of mouth ulcers.  Saliva is indeed the best mouthwash available, far superior to the questionable commercial mouthwashes advertised in the media.  

6.  Night Toilet visits

Those trips to the toilet in the middle of the night will decrease within a few weeks and then stop if you use the Lip Trainer correctly, 3-4 times per day. These disturbances are caused by an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system that create shallow sleeping patterns. The increased cerebral blood flow brought about by lip-training will stimulate a deeper sleep and help release antidiuretic hormones from the pituitary gland reducing or eliminating altogether any need to visit the toilet.

8. Bad Breath     

With mouth breathing, saliva in your mouth quickly evaporates. Mouth breathing also allows bacteria to enter with each air intake.  While bad breath is caused by bacteria in the throat as well as trapped food between teeth, we now know that gum disease and ‘furry tongue’ do not cause halitosis as we have been told.  So If you could start closing your mouth during sleep, those bacteria will be washed up by saliva each day. Your bad breath could be gone in as little as 2 weeks. For more information click here

9. Sleep stress / Flu / Common cold / Sore throat / Dry Mouth / Phlegm / Bad attack of coughing / Attack of asthma

When Lip Trainer users successfully changed to nose breathing and started lip-exercising regularly, they wrote to let us know these conditions listed above were resolved. The main cause of the symptoms were largely caused by mouth breathing.

80% of bacteria are filtered out by nose breathing.

10.  Blocked Nose (Sinus)      

There is correlation ship between volume (size) of the nasal chamber and the strength of facial expression muscles.  Mouth breathing when asleep and a lack of strength of the facial expression muscles can bring about a shrunken nasal chamber.  This can be exacerbated in those who have had ENT operations to straighten or enlarge nasal channels. To reduce or stop a blocked nose consciously change from mouth to nose breathing and strengthen the facial expression muscles.  For more information click here

11. Snoring

Many snorers have swollen soft tissue around the pharynx.  This is also brought about by years of mouth breathing.  To stop snoring it may take anything up to 6 months of nose breathing and lip training to reduce the swelling. The snoring sound is caused by the speed of exhaled and inhaled air passing through the narrow passage around the swollen pharynx or at the root of the tongue when the passing air causes it to vibrate.

For a more complete list of conditions the Lip Trainer may help you resolve, click here

Click here for Research information:  Monograph of Lip Trainer Patakara  Basic and Clinical Subjects of Myofunctional Therapy Using  New Oral Rehabilitation Apparatus (reprinted from the Japanese Journal of Conservative Dentistry 2002)

Short Film Clip (3:57) on the Lip Trainer and Down's Syndrome

Fit the Lip Trainer into your mough under your lips, then pressure on the lips to keep them together.  This simple exercise strengthens your facial muscles snd encourages proper breathing through the nose other than the mouth.  The result?  Saliva is prevented from evaporating and problems such as mouth ulcers and bad breath are kept at bay.

Recommended use is to do this four times a day for at least three minutes.  If your lips can\'t close the device completely for 3 minutes continuously, the effectiveness will not be 100%. The pressure of the lip \'squeeze\' is not important but the upper and lower parts must be fully closed in order to strengthen the orbicular muscle (the muscle you kiss with!) and your other facial muscles around the shape of device.

It is said that the 3-minute session just before bedtime is especially effective, so try to do it as often as you can.

You can use the extension handles on the Lip Trainer to pull for 5 second intervals in each direction (left, right, up and down).

Link with cranial nerves

Dr Peter Julu, Breakspear Medical Group’s Specialist Autonomic Neurophysiologist, hypothesises that the Lip Trainer may activate the seventh cranial nerve nucleus in the brain stem. This is the area that can modulate the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and therefore has a positive effect on our immunity.

Now being studied by many health groups around the world the Lip Trainer has been used since 2000 by over one million people and is currently used in over 5000 hospitals throughout  Asia.  Most new users come from recommendations made by existing users.

Lip Trainer Patakara® is a Myofunctional Therapy Device from Japan designed to help us breathe through our nose rather than our mouth. The difference this can make to our health is significant!

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U. Japan

Stopped snoring

Thank you for your help.

My snoring was stopped in the day after buying lip trainer the day before, it was very helpful!
Let me carry on use it in order to verify the effectiveness to the other my symptoms.

Thank you very much for this time.

(Original message in Japanese)

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Short Film Clip (3:57) on the Lip Trainer and Down's Syndrome

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