Almost everyone, at some time or the other, suffers from cold, a running nose, blocked nostrils, heaviness in the head and other common respiratory tract problems. By taking care of these acute respiratory problems or infections early, one could prevent more serious respiratory tract illnesses such as bronchitis, bronchial asthma, emphysema etc.
Lung or Respiratory diseases are those that affect the lung, bronchial tubes, pleural cavity, trachea, upper respiratory tract and all muscles and nerves involved in the breathing process. They could result from an infection, accident or from inhaling some toxic products. It could also be genetic or a byproduct of unhealthy habits such as smoking. Cigarette smoke is the major indoor air-polluting culprit. Burning incense indoors releases air pollutants that cause inflammation in human lung cells.
Nutrition for Lung Diseases
Eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and fish keep lungs healthy. A good amount of fresh vegetable juices are a good way to start healing, along with adding a variety of spices such as ginger, onions and garlic. The emphasis should be on eating as healthy a diet as possible. Eliminate allergic food from the diet, such as all dairy products, chocolates, fish, tomatoes, citrus fruits, banana, guava, grapes, fried and heavy food. Cut out irritants like tea, coffee, spices, alcohol, tobacco, salt, sugar, vinegar etc. Take light, nutritious and balanced diet rich in fibre, low in protein and fat comprising vegetables, fruits, sprouts, eating little at a time but more frequently - also drink a lot of water.
Regular Care for Lung Diseases
Asthma is a common respiratory ailment. There seems to be no permanent cure for asthma in the world. For long term relief or cure the sufferers should follow the principles of Naturopathy and Yoga. The treatments, diet, exercises and yogic kriyas and pranayama are advised. Besides, learn the technique of overcoming emotional stress, Shavasana or Yoganidra is a very good relaxant. Swimming is the best exercise to prevent asthma.
Neglected or untreated cold and Sinusitis often develop into an acute Bronchitis which gives rise to high fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. The bronchial tubes get congested and irritated requiring longer period for healing. The procedure and treatments should be pursued under the guidance of a Naturopath. Hot foot and arm bath therapy besides mud therapy as chest pack twice daily for 2-3 weeks, breathing exercises and strict diet control fasting, enema etc. are very essential.
(Last Updated on : 17-12-2016)
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