Your lungs are precious and they deserve care and love. Pollution/pollutants, allergies (check out that page, too
on this website), restricted breathing, overweight, insufficient fluids, posture and more can contribute to lung conditions.
Ways to improve lung function include: breathing exercises, touch, supplements, exercise,
weight loss, affirmations, and managing your environment
Practice brething from your abdomen, or at least your diaphragm. Many of us breathe shallow, in our upper chest and do not
use our full lung function. put one hand on your abdomen, and when you exhale, let your abdomen push against your hand in
a gentle manner. Don't force this, just let it happen
* Alternate nostril breathing can help, also. Put your
thumb over your right nostril and inhale through your left nostril, then put your index finger over your left nostril and
exhale through your right nostril. then inhale through your right nostril and exhale through your left nostril. Do this slowly
and easily, building up to 20 times upon arising and 20 before sleep. This is also relaxing, and can be used to calm down.
* Sing aloud--in the shower, while outside, or with the radio in your car or at home. aim to hold the notes at the
end of a line for a longer time each singing session.
Supplements that could help; be sure not to
take them at the same time you take medications; most supplements are best taken with food, but don't take b vitamins
while talking minerals
*Take pantothenic acid, a B-vitamin, known to help with asthma and other conditions
that interrupt easy breathing. Taking a b-complex vitamin won't work; you have to use only pantothenic acid. Some people
notice an immediate clearing of their lungs and breathing ability. Follow the directions on the label. Find this at your health
food store or online.
Vitamin C can help with lung congestion; try calcium ascorbate crystals. Start with 1 teaspoon
stirred into a glass of water. If you don't obtain immediate relief, try another half or full teaspoon. This is especially
helpful if the cause of lung congestion is bacteria or a virus; to kill either, you have to reach the level that will kill
them; since you can't identify the bacteria or virus, you can gradually up the amount until you obtain relief. Caution:
this can soften or loosen your bowels if you go over the amount your body can absorb so up the dosage slowly. Best to take
this at least one hour prior to or after eating a meal.
Vitamins A, B-complex, C and E are helpful; find a good
vitamin capsule for each and take it daily with meals or as directed on the bottle.
Weight; aim to weigh what you weighed in high school; every extra pound puts pounds of stress on your lungs, heart, joints
and blood pressure.
* Lose weight if you're overweight; this can not only help with lung function,
but can help with back and joint pain, heart conditions, cancer and more... (See Permanent Weight Loss e-book in column to
Manage your Environment for better Breathing
* Make sure you open
a window in a room that smells of mold or any other smell.
* Obtain sufficient Vitamin D, either through taking
D3 or expose your arms and face to direct sunlight for 10-15 minutes (only) twice a week. (More exposure is needed for darker-skinned
people.) Take vitamin D3 as a secondary response if can't get out in the sunshine.
* Avoid tobacco smoke, sprays
of all kinds, strong chemicals (varnish, shellac, etc.) and other pollutants you know irritate your breathing,
clog your nostrils or give you a headache.
* It may be difficult to avoid all pollutants, but by taking milk thistle
capsules (silymarin) you can stimulate detoxifying pathways in your body.
Exercise daily; start
slow and build up
* Exercise daily to decrease pain, emotional stress, improve oxygen uptake, sleep better,
and think more clearly. First, walk around the house every half hour. When you've mastered that, go outside and walk down
your walk, working up to walking around the block when you're ready, and then gradually add more mileage day by day. With
exercise, you'll get strongerr every day.
* You can even exercise while sitting in a chair or lying in bed.
Lift your armgs above your head, straight out at shoulder level, and down toward your feet. Repeat for as many times as you
can comfortably do. Add deep breathing while doing it; expanding your chest up and out, breathing in happiness and exhaling
with a smile.
Put Hope and Strength to your Goals with Affirmations:
* By saying
affirmations daily, your brain can influence your body: here are some for lungs: I breathe in life easily and let it flow
through me, and I love life and live it to the fullest.
Eat a Large Salad of these Foods at Least
Once a Day: Hungry? Have a salad as a snack.
* foods that may be helpful including eating salads composed
of leafy greens (parsley, arugala, chickor, spinch, collards, kale, or turnip greens) and broccoli.
* Foods that
increase lung congestion include dairy foods and meat. reduce your intake or eliinate them completely for best results.
Obtain Sufficient Touch
*Ask for 10 or 20 hugs a day from people you trust
just to maintain your current situation; more touch if you are trying to overcome a lung condition.
*Get a massage
once a week or exchange massages with a significant other. Exchanging foot massages are good, too. The foot is believed to
have energy points for most body areas, including the lungs. Look up Foot Reflexology on the internet and find charts and
directions for using them
Click on these links to get you started:
All of the above are helpful for lung cancer. In addition,
the spice, curcumin (turmeric) on your salads and into your cooking; this substance stops cancer cells from growing, but unlike
chemotherapy, the spice leaves healthy cells alone. Add black pepper, which helps your body assimilar turmeric more easily.
CAUTION: use non-irradiated brands from your health food store or online.
* Leafy green salads are protective against
cancer, but folic acid fortification in cereals and other foods is associated with cancer.
* Drink green tea; it's
protective against cancer; dairy products can decrease the helpful effect of green tea, so separate their intake by several
hours; other teas that can be soothing are raspberry leaf or ginger.
* Maitake mushrooms help to normalize
the immune system to help fight off cancer.
* Drink pomegrante juice or use the extract of that fruit, which can
significantly inhibit lung tumors.
* Cut out all sugars; tumor cells feed on it; use stevia, a natural sweetener
with healing qualities and no calories; find it at your local health food store or online at www.iherb.com; the liquid form is easiest to use.
* Accupressure and therapeutic touch can enhance well-being and counter nausea
and vomiting induced by chemotherapy
* Check out the Cancer e-book to your left.
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