Okay . . . so today we're going to talk about how to keep our "Lungs" healthy especially in this time of crisis.
The cells in our body need oxygen to stay alive. Carbon dioxide is made in our bodies as cells do their job. The lungs and respiratory system allow oxygen in the air to be taken into the body, while also letting the body get rid of carbon dioxide in the air we breath. Okay . . . so we knew that. But how do we protect our lungs, their health and make them stronger?
We know all the regular ways like simple deep breathing, counting your breaths, watching your posture and staying active, but as we spoke the other day . . . staying "Hydrated" is a biggie.
But what are some other ways to keep our lungs healthy. Well, here's a list of some foods that help protect us from respiratory illnesses.
Another way is to take Omega 3s or to drink Green Tea.
Now, Green tea contains many antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation in the lungs. These are all good preventative measures we can take to keep us breathing healthy.
So, we spoke in an earlier Health Tip about how this Virus affects the lungs by closing off the air pockets in our lungs preventing ample oxygen supply to our organs. Therefore, causing pneumonia or worse. Well . . . there are many natural ways to help prevent, heal and strengthen the lungs. Now, because I'm a Certified Herbalist and I feel herbs are one of the biggest avenues to optimal health, with Echinacea being one of my favorites because it's an "Antiviral". I'll tell you a little personal story . . .
A few winters back everyone and their brother was getting sick with some form of respiratory illness. And me being like everyone else . . . I got it too. Only for some reason I just couldn't shake it and ended up going to the doctors. They took a chest x-ray and said I had pneumonia. WHAT WAS UP WITH THAT? They wanted to put me on antibiotics and then sent me home. BUT there was no way I was going to take the antibiotics because they also kill our "Good" bacteria. So I decided to take my Echinacea. I took the Echinacea and an amino acid that breaks down mucus, plus my spore-forming probiotics (did you read yesterday's Health Tip?). And within a day or two I felt much better. I went back to the doctors a week later for a follow up and to have another chest x-ray and BOOM! My pneumonia was gone!
Now, Echinacea is a plant whose roots and leaves have been traditionally used for medicinal purposes for :
Fighting the flu
Controlling blood sugar
Healthy cell growth
But taking Echinacea while you're well may also help keep you from getting sick. There was a review done with nearly 2500 people and it was found that Echinacea extract reduced the risk of recurrent respiratory tract infections and decreased complications like pneumonia, tonsillitis and ear infections due to it enhancing immune function by increasing the production of specific immune cells in the body.
But like with most things . . . not all Echinacea products are alike! What works best is Echinacea extract made from a combination of three specific species of Echinacea.
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Now, we must also talk about the people that should not use this herb. And that would be: People with autoimmune disorder such as Lupus, Multiple sclerosis, HIV, AIDS or Tuberculosis. As always check with your own Healthcare Provider first.
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