Tips for Cleaner Lungs

· July 12, 2015
Exercises like yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi teach us to breathe with different parts of our body like the belly, diaphragm or chest.

For anyone who smokes, has recurring lung problems, or simply wants cleaner lungs and to be able to breathe better, we’re going to show you a few invaluable tips to do so easily and naturally.

If you learn how to breathe correctly, improve the ventilation in your home and eliminate mucus, then you will see results in no time.

Vapor baths

Do you know what a vapor bath is? It’s taking deep breaths of the vapors of medicinal plants which benefit the lungs. This is an excellent method for curing respiratory illnesses in children, and it also helps clear the lungs, especially those of smokers.

How do I make a vapor bath?

Boil two liters of water with medicinal herbs like pine, thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, chamomile or oregano. After cooking between 5 and 10 minutes, you’ll see it release the aromatic vapors.

Remove from heat, cover the head with a towel and lean over the container (being careful not to burn yourself from the excess steam). Inhale deeply through the mouth and nose, alternately covering each nostril.

Get rid of mucus

It’s normal to wake up in the morning feeling like you have excess mucus, and at times this mucus can cause congestion or obstruct the bronchial tubes. To avoid excess mucus, follow these two simple and easy tips:

Wash the nasal passage with the help of a Neti pot, as explained in this article, especially when mucus is always in the nasal cavity.

Keep in mind that there are foods which increase mucus and should be eliminated from your diet until you’re feeling better. Here are some products to avoid:

  • Milk and milk products, especially cow’s milk. Substitute with plant-based milk products.
  • Flour and foods that contain it. Eat dextrinated bread, similar to toasted biscuits, but much healthier in this case.

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Learn to breathe properly

Since we’re on the subject of the breathing apparatus, it’s worth noting that a lot of the time we’re not breathing correctly… because we forget to! We breathe just enough to survive, which not only affects our lungs that have become accustomed to working with a decreased capacity, but it makes it more difficult to deliver oxygen to all points in the body.

How do I learn how to breathe properly?

The most effective way is to take up exercises like yoga, meditation or tai chi which always have a focus on breathing and even teach us to do it through different parts of the body: the belly, the diaphragm or the chest.

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Improve nighttime breathing

We usually sleep 8 hours a night on average, or a third of our day. Therefore, it’s vital to ensure our bedrooms are full of clean, healthy air.

How do we do it?

  • Ventilate the house every day, and if you like, leave a window partially open at night.
  • If you can’t properly ventilate your home, at least leave your bedroom door ajar.
  • Add oxygen-generating plants to your bedroom like pothos ivy. Having one or two of these in the bedroom helps renew the air we breathe.
  • Avoid humidity and odors in the home. Use dehumidifiers and electronic diffusers.


Forget sadness

For those suffering from a frequent or even chronic respiratory illness, it may be of help to know that there is a psychosomatic link between disease and continued feelings of sadness.

Therefore, any treatment must take into account the emotional component, which can be treated naturally with homeopathic remedies such as Bach flower or with the professional help of a psychotherapist.

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