A Natural Approach To Health
Living With COPD
I had a question the other day about COPD.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe.
It’s caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking.
COPD is often a mix of 2 diseases:
1. Chronic bronchitis.
In chronic bronchitis, the airways that carry air to your lungs get inflamed and make a lot of mucus.
This can narrow or block your airways, making it hard for you to breathe.
In a healthy person, the tiny air sacs in your lungs are like balloons.
As you breathe in and out, they get bigger and smaller to move air through your lungs.
But with emphysema, these air sacs are damaged and lose their stretch.
Less air gets in and out of your lungs, which makes you feel short of breath.
COPD gets worse over time.
It’s almost always caused by smoking.
Over time, breathing tobacco smoke irritates your airways and destroys the stretchy fibers in your lungs.
Other things that may put you at risk include breathing chemical fumes, dust, or air pollution over a long period of time.
Secondhand smoke also may damage your lungs.
It usually takes many years for lung damage to start causing symptoms, so COPD is most common in people who are older than 60.
You may be more likely to get COPD if you had a lot of serious lung infections when you were a child.
The main symptoms of COPD are:
>A long-lasting (chronic) cough.
>Mucus that comes up when you cough.
>Shortness of breath that gets worse when you exercise.
As COPD gets worse, you may be short of breath even when you do simple things like get dressed or fix a meal.
It gets harder to eat or exercise, and breathing takes much more energy.
People often lose weight and get weaker.
At times, your symptoms may suddenly flare up and get much worse.
This is called a COPD exacerbation.
An exacerbation can range from mild to life-threatening.
The longer you have COPD, the more severe these flare-ups will be.
The best way to slow COPD is to quit smoking.
This is the most important thing you can do.
It’s never too late to quit.
No matter how long you’ve smoked or how serious your COPD is, quitting smoking can help stop the damage to your lungs.
You can’t undo the damage to your lungs.
But you can take steps to prevent more damage and to feel better.
To deal with COPD it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, omega-3 oils, fish oils).
*Explore use of Oil of Oregano and Mullein oil.
*Consume plenty of fresh garlic and onions.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Discover “hidden” allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Dairy products are very mucus forming.
*Review my post on candida.
*Eliminate smoking, second-hand smoke, environmental pollutants.
*Explore the use of hydrotherapy and/or castor oil or onion packs.
*Consider a vaporizer.
*Avoid sugar as it “turns off” your immune system.
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