You’re doing it right now. In fact, in the normal resting condition, you’ll probably do it every 3-5 seconds –more frequently if you’re stressed in some way. We do it constantly and without conscious effort – until we are deprived of the opportunity. We can go days without water and weeks without food, but just a few minutes without breathing and we’re in big trouble.

You’re doing it right now. In fact, in the normal resting condition, you’ll probably do it every 3-5 seconds –more frequently if you’re stressed in some way. We do it constantly and without conscious effort – until we are deprived of the opportunity. We can go days without water and weeks without food, but just a few minutes without breathing and we’re in big trouble.
While we all know that we do it, there are some misunderstandings about this activity that I encounter from time to time. First off, getting air is not why we breathe: it is oxygen that we seek with this bodily action. Likewise, fish do not breathe water– they have gills that work differently than lungs, but still they work to gather oxygen from the water for respiration. It is a lack of oxygen in a room that makes it feel “stuffy” and fish will gasp at the surface of oxygen-depleted ponds.

Read the complete story in the Jan. 19 print edition of the Neosho Daily News.