A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Pneumonia
I had a question the other day about pneumonia.
Pneumonia is a lung infection that can make you very sick.
You may cough, run a fever, and have a hard time breathing.
For most people, pneumonia can be treated at home.
It often clears up in 2-3 weeks.
But older adults, babies, and people with other diseases can become very ill.
They may need to be in the hospital.
Germs called bacteria or viruses usually cause pneumonia.
Pneumonia usually starts when you breathe the germs into your lungs.
You may be more likely to get the disease after having a cold or the flu.
These illnesses make it hard for your lungs to fight infection, so it’s easier to get pneumonia.
Having a long-term, or chronic, disease like asthma, heart disease, cancer, or diabetes also makes you more likely to get pneumonia.
Symptoms of pneumonia caused by bacteria usually come on quickly.
They may include:
>Cough. You’ll likely cough up mucus (sputum) from your lungs. Mucus may be rusty or green or tinged with blood.
>Fast breathing and feeling short of breath.
>Shaking and “teeth-chattering” chills.
>Chest pain that often feels worse when you cough or breathe in.
>Feeling very tired or very weak.
>Nausea and vomiting.
When you have mild symptoms, your doctor may call this “walking pneumonia.”
Older adults may have different, fewer, or milder symptoms.
They may not have a fever.
Or they may have a cough but not bring up mucus.
The main sign of pneumonia in older adults may be a change in how well they think.
Confusion or delirium is common.
Symptoms caused by viruses are the same as those caused by bacteria.
If pneumonia is caused by bacteria, your doctor will give you antibiotics.
These almost always cure pneumonia caused by bacteria.
Pneumonia caused by a virus usually isn’t treated with antibiotics.
Sometimes, antibiotics may be used to prevent complications.
Washing your hands often helps prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria that may cause pneumonia.
There are things you can do to feel better during your treatment.
To deal with pneumonia it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Drink plenty of fresh juices. Liquids help to thin the lung secretions. Fast on pure juices and fresh lemon juice.
*Include “green drinks” in your diet or take chlorophyll in tablet form.
*Astragalus enhances your immune system (don’t take if you have a fever).
*Ginger is an effective antimicrobial agent and is helpful for fever.
*Eat a diet consisting of organic raw fruits and vegetables.
*Take a protein supplement from a vegetable source; soy is an excellent source of nondairy protein.
*If you’re taking antibiotics, take acidophilus in capsule or liquid form 3 times a day.
*Exclude dairy products, sugar, and white flour products from your diet. Make sure to get your calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium from other foods or from supplements.
*Use a cool mist from a humidifier or vaporizer to help ease breathing.
*Place a heating pad or a hot water bottle on your chest to relieve pain.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Explore the use of hydrotherapy and/or castor oil or onion packs.
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