7 Respiratory tips to increase lung function, capacity, and overall health

Introduction 

Breathing is one of the most important body functions.

The oxygen and gases from the air gives some of the fuel to the body needed for all inner-workings to run all other functions. 

To not pay attention to their wellbeing is to allow respiratory infections, bronchitis, lung disease, and even types of lung cancer to slip by unnoticed.

Within this post we will explore four categories and ways to improve lung health that don’t involve and entire lifestyle changes, but give small things you can add to your life that can improve lung health fast. 

1. Posture

Slouching in chairs and when standing can greatly diminish lung capacity as well as lessens the power of the diaphragm. By contracting the diaphragm and lungs, your body will be forces to take shallower breaths, giving less oxygen to the brain and body, increasing anxiety and inflammation through less expulsion of CO2. Constantly be on top of your posture, and also get up and stretch throughout the day to keep the body from habitual muscle stiffness.  

2. Pranayama (Deep Breathing)

There is a specific practice in yoga called Pranayama is formal name for the Yogic art of deep breathing. This not only greatly rejuvenates the lungs, it also helps the deep breathing to become more habitual and trains the body to do it unconsciously. Also over time with consistency, it has been shown repeatedly to increase lung capacity. A simple way to practice this is to slowly inhale, consciously expand your belly below the diaphragm, expand your lower ribs, and allow the upper chest to expand and lift. After this, exhale by letting the chest fall, contract the ribs and contract the abdominal muscles tor release all the air. 

3. Ginger Tea 

The anti-inflammatory properties of this root helps lungs function better in way, and helps the lungs by giving them several nutrients and compounds to boost their function. In addition to the Ginger is an antibacterial, meaning that it boosts lunch immunity specifically to kill most of the bacteria and viruses that enter the lungs. Also this root improves circulation, meaning that it can help give the lungs more opportunities to share it’s oxygen from the air with the rest of the body easily. 

4. Turmeric Tea 

Very similar to the power of Ginger, Turmeric is also a very powerful anti-inflammatory, meaning that it can help alleviate small bouts of asthma symptoms such as excess music production and inflammation. In addition to that, it is also antibacterial and has shown significant success in preventing infections similar the nature of pneumonia; this makes it extremely unique and valuable. The high antioxidant content also provides the lungs with nutrition compounds it needs to efficiently function such as iron, potassium, manganese, and vitamin B6. 

5. Citrus Fruits

Grapefruit specifically is great for alleviating symptoms of lung diseases such as COPD, and is also great for those who are just trying to cleanse their lungs. Citrus fruits also have high antioxidants, reducing inflammation and also reducing cancerous cells within the lungs. Also it encourages blood vessels within the lungs to operate more efficiently, therefore allowing the eater to breath clearer with proper oxygen flow and less mucus buildup. 

6. Cruciferous Vegetables 

These vegetables not only are nutritionally wealthy for general health, but they also are exceptionally great for lowering the risk of lung cancer by at least 50% each time they are eaten. The chlorophyll in these plants is a wonderful detox to the body and to the lungs. In addition to that Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, etc. are easy to get in high amounts for affordable prices. This means one can use them in a high amounts consistently to help lungs be less toxic steadily and for the long term. 

7. Hydration

This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how much most people underestimate the importance of water in lung health. By having a consistent intake of water, the lungs’ mucus linings throughout stay moist, meaning it is better able to absorb nutrients and absorb oxygen to transport to other places within the body. In addition to that, water detoxes and promotes flushing toxins in the body naturally, so that harmful bacteria and irritants that do come in the lungs are immediately set to be expelled out of the body. 

Conclusion

With this post I hope you learned 7 ways to improve lung health long term immediately and with minimal effort on your part.

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Incorporate 6 foods for normal liver function and prevent of fatty liver and inflammation

Introduction

Before we get started, lets take a second to review why the liver is important to the body.

Liver Function

The liver dissects, sorts, and converts nutrients available in foods once they reach the digestive system.

  • metabolize proteins used for energy
  • helps spread nutrients through the bloodstream,
  • storing certain nutrients and vitamins
  • Managing conversion of fats and carbohydrates

Liver Damage can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption, excessive antibiotic prescriptions, chemical household products, chemically sprayed crops, air pollution, and obesity.

Signs that your liver may be damaged significantly already are Jaundice, enlarged Liver, bloating and gas, bruising easily, dry and dark patches on neck, pale or extremely dark stool, and dark urine.

A healthy liver is essentially to digesting all ingested food better, and is essential in the storing and spread of nutrients and fats throughout the body. Neglecting this important organ would spell disaster.

Routine Application

Morning- Rejuvenated Prep

  • Drink Warm Lemon Water

Lemon water has been proven in studies and personal testimonials time and time again to be a miracle drink. Lemons are known to help the body regulate the consumption of sugars and fats within the body, keeping your liver from being overworked. In addition to that, the alkalizing power of lemons will naturally detox your liver and cause it to naturally flush itself and repair and prepare healthy cells. In addition to that, the antioxidants in lemons aid the self-protection of liver cells as they do their dirty job of detoxing the body.

This can be made simply by mixing the juice of half a lemon with warm water.

  • Eat a Grapefruit

Grapefruits by nature reduce inflammation within body and help protect the body’s healthy cells. Combating the inflammation can directly combat a typical liver illness called hepatic fibrosis where extra tissue builds up in the Liver due to chronic inflammation. Grapefruits also have an extremely high antioxidant amount, with the highest ones being Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Lycopene, and Flavanones. These antioxidants protect cells within the Liver from damage inflicted through diet and can help the cells repair and rejuvenate themselves. These four antioxidants also pull double duty also play a part in helping prevent heart disease, cancer, and muscular degenerative diseases.

These can be incorporated into the diet simply by eating the slices alone, putting them into a smoothie, or combining with other fruit into a parfait.

Day- Work Grind

  • Drink Green Tea

A couple of times a day try to drink some Green Tea. Green Tea has shown repeatedly that it benefits the liver through toxicity markers seen in blood. Green Tea also has a high concentration of Catechins, one of the post powerful antioxidants that reduces free radical considerably. Lower free radicals significantly lowers inflammation throughout the whole body especially the liver being that it would be the organ having to catch the effects of those radicals within the body. Also, this reduces the stress on digestive organs throughout the body, enabling you to digest/absorb nutrients better.

Green Tea can be made in your home in the morning and taken in a container throughout the day, or you can buy it in larger amounts if that suits your lifestyle better.

  • Include Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and mustard greens. Each one of these options is full of phytonutrients, carotenoids, and flavonoids that help neutralize toxins that normally would be absorbed by the liver. In addition to that, these plants are full of Glucosinolates, these compounds trigger the body to make enzymes to detox heavy metals, and destroy cancerous cells in the body. Not only do these lessen the work the liver has to do, they also have nutrients that cause aid in liver cell rejuvenation and healing.

There are endless possibilities these mighty vegetables can incorporated into any type of lifestyle. Fun and popular options include a sweet-bitter salad, roasting in the stove, blanching, or even or sautéing stove-top with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.

Night- Scaled down Reflection

  • Avocado Power!!

Avocados are another high density source or Glutathione. This compound helps the liver in the filtration process and over time helps increase liver function strength. In addition to that Avocados large amounts of fiber and potassium, which aid in the detoxification and excretion of toxins and waste within the body as a whole. To make it even better Avocados have healthy monosaturated fats, healthy cholesterols, and High Density Lipoproteins that are essential to proper liver function. These amazing fruits basically power-boost the liver and prevent long term diseases resulting from liver overuse.

There are endless possibilities for this amazing food! Salads, Buddha Bowls, Guacamole and chips are fun popular options, but lesser done possibilities are smoothies, pudding, and sandwiches.

  • Herbal Supplements

Natural Herbs have been used since ancient times to help the liver regenerate and metabolize its cells and function. One of the most cost effective yet powerful liver rejuvenation weapon is Milk Thistle. Milk thistle compounds help to repair cells within the liver, while simultaneously promoting regeneration of damaged liver tissue.  Turmeric is another herb that is famous for its ability to induce liver production of bile to digest fats and excrete soluble toxins. In addition to that Turmeric has powerful antioxidants to protect liver cells while having nutrients integral to the process of liver cell rejuvenation.

 

These theory behind putting these in the night time section is that the supplements will be able to get into your bloodstream easier as your body is recharging and rejuvenating for the next day during sleep. It can be an integral part of the body’s nightly healing process. More specific instructions on these pills can be found on the bottle of them as found in any health food store near you. 😊

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how easy it is to care for your marvelous liver…..

Skim the bullet points below to bring it on home:

  • The Liver is the largest organ in your body and is involved in dozens of bodily functions related to digestion, hormones, and body homeostasis.
  • Natural fruits and vegetables give nutrients to the liver so that it can heal itself. Pillar veggies and fruits for Liver rejuvenation and health are Kale, Mustard Greens, Avocados, Grapefruits, Lemons, and Beets.
  • Herbs consumed in teas, or in food can significantly help with Liver function as well. Very popular easy to get one is Green Tea or Black Tea.
  • Pill Supplements for less popular herbs are available in pill form and can be taken at any convenient time during the day, but night it best for maximum absorption. Pillar ones are Milk Thistle, Holy Basil, and Dandelion Root.

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