A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Emphysema
I had a question the other day about emphysema.
Emphysema is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe.
It’s caused by damage to your lungs over many years, usually from smoking.
In a healthy person, the tiny air sacs in the 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 the lungs, which makes you feel short of breath.
Emphysema gets worse over time.
You can’t undo the damage to your lungs.
But you can take steps to prevent more damage and to feel better.
Emphysema is 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.
The main symptoms are:
>A long-lasting cough.
>Mucus that comes up when you cough.
>Shortness of breath that gets worse when you exercise.
As emphysema 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.
The best way to slow emphysema is to quit smoking.
It’s 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 emphysema is, quitting smoking can help stop the damage to your lungs.
There are many things you can do at home to stay as healthy as you can.
To deal with emphysema 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.