Yoga for Asthma and Bronchitis

yogaBronchitis, unlike what some believe, is something that doesn’t just goes away eventually. Being a respiratory illness, it is something that can be chronic, which lasts for a long time, or acute, which can be cured after a short period of time, making it a potential cause for impairment of various bodily functions in the future.

Asthma is a disease characterized by difficulty in breathing due to narrowing of the air passage, accumulation of mucus or fluid in the lungs and inflammation of the mucus membrane of the respiratory tract. This causes the release of histamine that increases the inflammation and swelling. The attacks generally occur late in the night.Allergic reactions to dust, pet hairs, insects, some types of food etc. can set it off. Stress, changes in temperature, anxiety and bronchitis are other common reasons. Exercise is essential. Swimming is very good to increase the oxygen supply to the lungs. It also strengthens the rib cage area. Yoga is also good to relax and control stress. Smoking and second hand smoke are to be avoided. Avoid heavy meals at night. Keep your home dust free and drink adequate water to keep the mucus loose.

Benefits

Yoga has many health benefits, the main are:

* Yoga asanas massages all organs of the body. It works on the internal organs in a systematic manner. This stimulation of the organs benefits us by keeping away disease.

* Yoga increases the lubrication of joints, ligament and tendons. Yoga positions exercise the different tendons and ligaments of the body.

* Yoga offers a complete detoxification of the body. It ensures the maximum blood supply to various parts of the body, which helps in the flushing out of toxins from all over the body.

* Yoga exercises strengthen the nervous system through its non-tiring physiological asanas.

* Yoga breathing exercises and meditations develop parts of the brain that are normally dormant.

Many doctors now agree that overconsumption of nutrients (overeating) does not guarantee more nutrients to the tissues, but not many seem to consider respiration rate in the respiration equation, that overbreathing may play a key role in respiratory “disease.” In fact, some doctors no longer check respiration rate during an exam. It is commonly known that increased obesity results in metabolism dysfunction, large meals cause blood sugar spikes and metabolism accelerators (dieting drugs and supplements) due not increase stasis in tissues, making loss of fat more difficult in the long term. Similarly, overbreathing causes a spiraling of processes which decrease alvioli efficiency, disrupting breathing rate “calibration” and oxygenation of other tissues, decreasing health and oxygenation. Despite more oxygen entering the lungs, because of the low CO2 level, less oxygen actually makes it to the cells that need it. This overbreathing could be triggered by stress, anxiety, nasal congestion, allergies and other triggers and factors which cause people to breathe more frequently and deeply than their body would otherwise. One problem of low CO2 levels is a scientific hypothesis proposed by Artour Rakhimov, PhD, that chronic hyperventilation promotes disease and cancer. Previous research has suggested that chronic hyperventilation washes out CO2 from each cell of the human organism. Since CO2 is a dilator of small blood vessels, low CO2 concentrations lead to the constrictions of arterioles causing problems with blood and oxygen delivery.

Herbs for Asthma Treatment Tips

1. Add Vitamin C, B6 and magnesium to your daily supplements.

2. Avoid products treated with sulphur dioxide and other preservatives.

3. Use ImmunityPlus Immune System Booster regularly to attain optimal immune functioning.

4. Keep an ‘asthma diary’ to help you to identify triggers.

5. Avoid tobacco smoke and keep your home free from dust, pollen, air fresheners.

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