The lungs work all the time. From slow and steady breathing while we sleep, to heavy breathing while we exercise, the lungs are always working hard to provide our bodies with the fuel and nourishment they need to function.
Therefore, purging the lungs from irritants , toxins, pollutants, and foreign matter so that it can be given healthy replacements on a regular basis is a good practice.
In this short article I am going to introduce you to 5 home treatments to improve lung health. These practices are easy to do, simple to prepare, and a treat to sip or eat everyday.
Pursed lipped breathing is the number one, staple breathing technique that everyone with COPD should know how to use. It is probably the most simple, effective, and versatile method for preventing and treating breathlessness.
If unfamiliar with this technique, then now is the time to learn it for life! After learning the basics, pursed lipped breathing can be applied to a multitude of situations and circumstances.
Mullein is my absolute favorite when it comes to all things lung related. This gentle herb seems to focus its energy in a very effective way in the lungs, and it gets to work fast!
Mullein helps remove any 'gunk' from with the lungs via its gentle yet thorough expectorant abilities. It helps the lungs purge themselves of mucous and phlegm that have taken their fill of toxins, pollutants, and foreign matter so that it can be given healthy replacements.
Mullein has been traditionally as a tonic tea by people with asthma, COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, inflammation, respiratory allergies, recurring congestion, smoker's cough, exercise-induced lung strain, and anxiety-related breathing issues.
Mullein is calming, soothing, comforting, and very grounding. The tea on its own is actually very pleasant for those who like an 'earthy' taste in their tea. When combined with herbs that have stronger flavor profiles, the flavor of mullein will usually be lost.
Postural Drainage and Percussion (PD & P), also known as chest physical therapy (CPT), involves the use of gravity (specific body positioning that promotes fluid release) and percussion (a caretaker clapping the person inflicted around the region where the lungs are) to loosen the thick, sticky mucus within so it can then be removed by huffing or coughing. While one should always visit the doctor and make sure to get the proper treatment, those who can’t see one can use the techniques in The Postural Drainage Home Programme to help them cough out the fluid from the lungs and potentially recover on their own.
The goal of PD & P is to clear mucus from each of the five lobes of the lungs by moving mucus into the larger airways so that it can be coughed out.
For detailed videos showing how to do the percussion and vibrations in each of the positions try out our 21 day pulmonary rehab digital programme today!
Many Lung sufferers use a Breathing exerciser or a flutter valve (it goes by the brand name The breather). The Breather strengthens your breathing so you can breathe easier, take fuller breaths, and enjoy an overall better quality of life.
Training with The Breather does two incredible things: It strengthens your respiratory muscles for breathing, and strengthens your ability to keep airways clear by making coughs stronger and more productive – helping naturally clear excess phlegm and mucus build-up in the airways.
Foods you eat may affect the health of your lungs. A healthy diet stimulates the body’s natural cleansing mechanisms and strengthens immune system.
1. Start your day with a glass of lemon water and make sure to drink an ample amount of water throughout the day. Proper hydration facilitates the cleansing process.
2. Eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as grapefruit, kiwi, bell peppers, oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, and pineapples.
3. Include antioxidant-rich foods like garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, ginger, oregano, turmeric, apples and green tea in your diet.
4. Eat folate-rich foods, such as lentils and black beans.
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