The "Breath" we take - continued
So yesterday we spoke about how important keeping the body "hydrated" is to healthy lung activity and breathing.
Well . . . today we continue and talk about another way to maintain healthy lungs
And that would be with "adaptogens".
So who knows what an "adaptogen" is?
Well . . . "Adaptogens" are non-toxic plants that are marketed as helping the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether it be physical, chemical or biological. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic healing.
Many herbs act upon the structural capacity of the body's tissues to hold or release water. (They help to keep the lungs hydrated) While other herbs moisten the lungs and reduce coughing and tightness, lubricating the mucosa and relaxing the larynx.
And others aid in the relief of deep, rattling lung infections and chronic lung conditions such as coughs associated with bronchitis, asthma and COPD.
There are even herbs that stimulate the superficial nerve ending in the digestive tract triggering the "vagus" nerve, which stimulates the mucociliary escalator in the respiratory tract. This being the function that collects microorganisms and foreign particles in order to move them upward toward the pharynx where they can be eliminated.
And finally . . . there are even herbs that can prevent and help control lung cancer.
So breathe deep . . . stay hydrated . . . and keep the immune system healthy.
If you have respiratory issues. one of these herbs may aid in some relief.
And always remember . . . when we take a breath
Our inhale receives life
And our exhale shares it back to the world.