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Lung Health Tips * Nutrition & Eastern Herbs *

Posted by Dave Leong on May 20th 2010

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Put a Spring in Your Step

Happy FamilyFlowers are blooming, the clouds are parting and the breeze feels great - spring is upon us. More people are out walking, jogging and riding bikes. While the warmer weather makes it easier for us to enjoy the outdoors, not everyone has an easy time breathing the fresh spring air. We typically breathe more than 20,000 times per day. When we do, our lungs take in oxygen from the surrounding air and deliver it to the bloodstream. This helps the cells in our bodies function and multiply. But when we're exposed to unhealthy levels of pollution, it weakens our lungs and our ability to breathe. Read on for useful information about how to support your lungs the natural way.*

Every Breath You Take

Graphic of LungsThe American Lung Association differentiates your lungs from most of the other organs in your body because, "their delicate tissues are directly connected to the outside environment." With each breath you take, the contents of the air infiltrate your lungs, including germs, smog, tobacco smoke and other harmful substances. As you breathe in these elements, they can cause damage to your airways and threaten your lungs' ability to work at full capacity. While your body is well-equipped with natural defenses to ward off these pollutants, here are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of lung disease:

  • Don't smoke - cigarette smoke causes inflammation or swelling in the lungs and can grow into chronic bronchitis or worse, lung cancer. If you smoke and are ready to quit, the American Lung Association can help
  • Avoid exposure to pollutants - install an indoor air monitor in your home and car to signal ventilation when air quality isn't at a healthy level
  • Prevent infection - wash your hands often and take care of yourself if you get sick, as a cold or other respiratory has the potential to become very serious
  • Visit your doctor - regular check-ups are important, as lung disease often goes undetected until it's too late
If you're cooped up in an office all day, learn to make time to step outside for a few minutes. A picture is worth a thousand words, so display a photo of the great outdoors in your cubicle or office to remind you that you need fresh, clean air.*

Lung Health: An Eastern Medicine Point of View

Dr. Graeme ShawDid you know that asthma is the most common lung disease? Other lung disorders include chronic bronchitis, emphysema and lung cancer. While many theories offer an explanation of the origins of these diseases, Dr. Graeme Shaw's experience leads him to believe that hyperexcitability of the cell membrane could be a contributing factor. Join Dr. Shaw as he explores this common cause and recommends some healthy lifestyle choices in his article, "Lung Disease, Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis and Lung Cancer: Common Causes and What You Can Do."*


Watch Out For These Warning Signs

Coughing ManIf you haven't been taking good care of your lungs, don't allow yourself to get too stressed, as that could lead to other health issues. Instead, pay careful attention to your health and consult your doctor as soon as possible if any of these warning signs occur:

  • Chronic cough (for one month or more)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic mucus/phlegm production
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chronic chest pain
Do you have any personal stories of how you bounced back from lung disease that you'd like to share with us? Visit our Facebook Fan Page or Twitter (@GetWellNatural) and leave us a comment or send us a message. We'd love to hear from you!

Exercise Can Help Your Lungs

Happy Couple on DockChances are, if you have chronic lung problems, you also have difficulty exercising. Since shortness of breath can be a tremendous obstacle to exercise, your motivation to engage in physical activity may be very low or even nonexistent. The truth is, muscle fatigue is an even greater issue than breathlessness in patients with lung problems. According to an article in the New York Times, even though exercise does not directly improve lung function, it may help strengthen limb muscles, which improves endurance and reduces shortness of breath. Long-term exercise may even help control exercise-induced asthma (EIA). In cases of EIA, thorough warm-up and cool-down periods before and after a short burst of exercise can significantly reduce EIA events.*

Dietary Supplements to Support Healthy Lungs:*

At Get Well Natural, we want to help you maintain healthy lungs the natural way. Here are some supplements that may help support the body's respiratory system:*

Breathe Well
This herbal formula was developed after 16 years of anecdotal research and private medical practice to promote healthy breathing, respiration and a balance lung function. Breathe Well also provides support for effective detoxification, a crucial element of overcoming respiratory challenges, because it rids the body of toxins that can cause broncho-constriction, inflammation and excessive mucus production.*
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Immune Well
This synergistic blend of natural ingredients was designed to promote a balanced immune system, bronchial health, lung health and overall state of well being. Rather than focusing on already-developed symptoms, the philosophy behind Immune Well provides the body with maximum lung and immune herbal support to promote a disease-free experience and maintain a strong immune system.*
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Black Seed Oil
Black Seed Oil 100 percent pure black (cumin) seed oil is a rich source of unsaturated essential fatty acids comprised on more than 100 natural health components that work together to support a healthy body. Get Well Natural provides black seed oil in a convenient capsule so you can reap the benefits without the distinctive taste.*
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