The body has regular channels of elimination – one of which is the lungs. The lungs turn their wastes into gases, which are then, breathed.
Pollution is one threat to the efficiency of your respiratory system; however, proper breathing is essential. In proper breathing, you can feel the muscles of the stomach wall expand and contract. This ensures that enough oxygen gets into your lungs and is circulated via the blood to your whole body.
Proper breathing with correct nutrition works hand in hand to keep you in good condition. Even when you are already diagnosed with COPD or ILD,one should not loose heart as correct breathing exercises and right nutrition will and can keep you comfortable and healthy.
Diet has been already discussed but there are some herbs and spices which are actually very important part of our meals which can work wonders for you.
Ayurveda has a lot of antidotes which do work for sick people. These medicines are available in pill form.This form is most convenient but at times remedies given may not be really be appropriate to the sick person, reasons can be many. There may be lack of understanding in Ayurveda doctor, the pills can have hidden metals or salts to increase their shelf life that may be harmful or hidden steroids as doctor may want give better quick results etc..
What I advise to people with this condition is to take these herbs and spices by adding them to food. Our bodies are extremely intelligent system, which knows instinctively how much of nutrient should be absorbed to do it good. It is when we try to fool the system we create problems.
Natural herbs availability is at times area specific, according to the weather which can create a problem. I believe that nature has provided us with many alternatives to same things therefore we can use them. If you do feel that a particular herb is better, you can use a dried bottled form. Always use it in food as it adds to the flavor of food which also helps in better absorption of the nutrient.
When you have all your nutritional basics covered, and are supporting the body with “right living”, many problems just disappear or are easier to fix.
Importance of herbs
1. Aid the activity of the mucous membranes and ensure that gas exchange through these membranes can occur,
2. Activate the secretions of the lung tissue so that the air is sufficiently moistened and the membranes protected,
3. Augment neurological responses regulating the breath,
4. Tone up the circulation and ensure that blood bathes the tissues properly,
5. Stimulate the whole glandular and excretory processes to ensure a clean and harmonious inner environment.
Various herbs and spices possess strong antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, adaptogenic, and immune-enhancing properties that promote general health and support the body’s natural defense against stress and diseases.They do so much repair that it is difficult to understand the worth, working together. In today’s world we all think that they are just flavours but in older times they were considered important ingredients in food. They are there to cover up the short comings of that particular dish that you are eating. They make our dishes complete in nutrients.
The Indian Garam Masala is full of these herbs and spices. The Italian, British, South American, Mexican, Chinese, all cuisine use various herbs. Every part of world has its own set of herbs and spices. They are not just used for making your food tasty rather they were brought into use due to their benefits and we have just developed a taste for them.
Various Herbs and Spices which are good for Lungs are listed on the next pages. Please go through them as they will do whole lot of good to your system especially if you are sick.
What is an adaptogen?
An adaptogen is an agent that helps the body adapt more efficiently to stress. Adaptogens reduce the intensity and negative impact of the stress caused by mental tension, emotional difficulties, poor lifestyle habits, disease and infection, pollution and other factors. Basil (Tulsi) is one of the most effective adaptogens known.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants slow down the process of excess oxidation and protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. When cells are attacked by free radicals, excess oxidation occurs which damage and destroy cells. Antioxidants stop this process. The cellular damage caused by free radicals can be responsible for causing and/or accelerating many diseases. Tulsi is rich in antioxidants and is recommended to guard against free radicals and protect from damaging excess oxidation.
What is an immuno-modulator?
An immuno-modulator is an agent that balances and improves the immune response of the body in fighting antigens (disease causing agents such as bacteria, viruses, microbes, allergens etc.) and maintaining health.