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Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper in Respiratory Diseases

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper in Respiratory Diseases

Cayenne Pepper is well known for thousands of years for its healing properties. The famous herbal Dr. Schulze said:
"If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than any other."

Cayenne pepper was found to have potent effects in the heart and circulatory system and even a lifesaver in the case of heart attack. Beside the other health effects illustrated in the picture below, cayenne pepper also has significant health effects on respiratory system and mucus membranes. In sore throat a gargle with cayenne pepper tea and a pinch on natural rock salt will cure it.

cayenne pepper health benefits

The capsaicin in cayenne pepper stimulates secretions and protects mucus membranes from upper and lower respiratory tract. It clears the mucus and opens the airways from nose and lungs, clears the sinuses and promotes sweating. Drinking cayenne pepper tea is beneficial in colds and flu.

Cayenne pepper is a good source of beta-carotene that has great effects on reducing symptoms in asthma. It helps in developing healthy mucus membranes in the nasal passages, sinuses, lungs and urinary tracts and so providing protection against invading pathogens, it increases immunity to infections.

Due to its high capsaicin and beta-carotene content, cayenne pepper is an excellent decongestant and expectorant, make it useful in cystic fibrosis where the transport of mucus is altered. It loosen phlegm or mucus from the lungs and airways, reduce sweling and inflammation on the respiratory tract easing breathing problems and shortness of breath.

Due to these health benefits, using cayenne pepper together with home salt therapy is highly recommended to potentize the benefits in respiratory diseases.

Lots of reasons to include cayenne pepper in your diet!

 

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Cystic Fibrosis And The Salt Aerosol From Surfing

Medical studies started to look to the sea aerosol for cystic fibrosis treatment, and they discovered that the inhaled salt aerosol from saline solution works better than drugs.

Surfers suffering from cystic fibrosis gave medical researchers a clue about the benefits of salt aerosol, says an article on MEDPageToday by CNN.

surfing and cystic fibrosis

Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine report that cystic fibrosis patients who inhaled a nebulised saltwater solution (salt aerosol) at least twice a day had significantly improved their ability to clear mucus from the lungs and a significant decrease in the number of hospitalizations for lung problems.

"The patients who received just the hypertonic saline got all the benefit, while the patients who underwent pre-treatment with amiloride (a diuretic drug used to boost the hydration effect of the saltwater) had no improvement. We were blown away by this finding, and it sent us scurrying back to the lab where we discovered a novel property of amiloride: It blocked water transport from the blood."

The normal transport of sodium in cystic fibrosis is disturbed due to a gene defect that causes the lung airways surface to be dry and non-hydrated. The mucus is thick and sticky and build up in the lungs. Coughing is not enough, in cystic fibrosis sufferers, to eliminate the thick and sticky mucus. It needs to be fluidized by the salt aerosol to be able to clear it. 

The CNN article concluded "In the Australian study, patients getting the saltwater through a nebulizer had significant improvement in lung function and — perhaps most significantly — they had 56 percent fewer lung exacerbations." The treatment was done using a face mask nebulizer for 15 minutes at a time and the doctor said:

Saltair salt therapy

"If the saline cannot be adapted for a more patient-friendly delivery method, we may be able to use something other than salt to achieve the same effect."

Through home salt therapy the saline solution is transformed in microscopic particles of salt and released into the indoor air to breath them during the night. No mask on the face, no mouth piece, no inconvenience – just free breathing, as being at seashore. It is very easy to use, natural and efficient.

Read the CNN article here: http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/conditions/01/18/cf.saltwater/index.html

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How to Improve Lung Health Naturally

Here are 5 ways how to improve your lung health naturally:

Improve lung health naturally

1. Quit smoking – smoking destroys the cilia that help in removing pollutants and impurities from the air we breathe; ages the cells prematurely and reduces the oxygen intake in our breathing

2. Minimize indoor air pollutants by reducing the use of chemical based products (air fresheners and cleaning products) and use air cleaning devices.

3. Use Home Salt Therapy to maintain a good hygiene over the whole respiratory system, clear clogged airways and reduce inflammation; the salt particles also clean the indoor air – negatively charged particles of salt stick to the positively charged particles of pollutants, dust and allergens; kills bacteria and fungi.

4. Have a healthy diet with nutrients that improve and protect lungs – beta-carotene and antioxidants from carrots, berries, apples, citrus and greens; ginger, garlic, onions, turmeric are also very good to reduce inflammation and clear mucus; reduce the intake of fatty foods, meat and dairy products.

5. Breathing Exercises – sit straight on a chair in a ridding position, slightly press your abdomen and slowly lower your body forward; put your hands onto your knees and relax; breathe slowly only through your nose, so that neither your abdomen nor chest moves, for about 10 minutes.

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Symptoms Indicative of Cystic Fibrosis And How To Get Relief

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited recessive genetic disorder that causes excess secretion of thick mucus that serve as blockage in lungs and pancreas, posing a threat to life. Since this is a genetic disorder, it manifests early in children by affecting their respiratory tract, digestive system and in the form of excess salt in sweat.

Inheritance of cystic fibrosis

The main symptoms are breathlessness, wheezing, lung infections and inflamed nasal passages in the respiratory system. Digestive system symptoms include poor growth, intestinal blockage, constipation and foul smelling stools. The pancreas are also affected affecting insulin and blood sugar control. Despite these, it is possible for those with cystic fibrosis to live and enjoy life provided they take a few precautions.

Since excessive secretion of thick mucus blocks cell walls and prevents enzyme action, nutrition is one of the keys to normal lifestyles. High calorie diet with fat soluble vitamins, high fiber and extra salt must be part of the nutrition program for those with CF. In addition, if you have CF, you must drink a lot of fluids to thin mucus in the lungs and intestines. The immune system is weakened and those with CF must go in for vaccines and immunization while taking care of hygiene to prevent infections.

cystic fibrosis signs and symptoms

Exercises are necessary to keep heart and lungs strong. Those with CF must also keep away from polluted environments since smoke and dust particles affect breathing. Doctors may prescribe medication to thin mucus and bronchodilators but lifestyle changes and therapies also play a contributing role to keep you comfortable. It is also good to have a breathing devices, inflatable vest and chest clappers.

Beside the medical cystic fibrosis treatment, you can use some herbs that reduce inflammation and help to clear mucus, such as: cayenne, ginger, hyssop, mullein, boswellia, pineapple enzymes, garlic and peppermint. Vitamin E and halotherapy (salt therapy) or breathing in fine particles of salt are home remedies that prove helpful in providing relief and improve breathing. 

 

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Physiotherapy for Relief in Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath or dyspnea can be temporary, intermittent or chronic depending on underlying medical conditions. Asthma, obstructions in air passages, heart trouble, cancer, allergies,bronchitis, COPD, emphysema, neuromuscular conditions, pneumonia and pulmonary hypertension are a few of the causes. A doctor examines you thoroughly and recommends lab tests to determine causes before prescribing medication. For patients with severe or even moderate underlying medical conditions, the pharmacological route is the best.

dyspnea causes and treatment

Pharmacological intervention may be accompanied with physiotherapy to bring still greater relief to those affected with shortness of breath. A physiotherapist teaches the patient how to breathe and slow down rate of respiration. A patient learns how to relax, sit right and pace themselves when they walk or exercise. Air is taken in gently and let out slowly in a natural way, the patient taking deeper breaths each time he practices. Patients learn to visualize themselves as being in a relaxed state while engaged in breathing practice.

A few precautionary measures are also taught such as avoiding bending down, eating too much and reducing weight besides remaining in a calm environment. Other techniques taught to patients are practical such as to pull objects, not push them, slide heavy objects instead of lifting them and avoid hot or cold showers. By suitable planning of exercises or day to day activities, onset of dyspnea can be avoided in those most prone to it.

Results show that practical physiotherapy sessions can make a lot of difference to the quality of life of an individual suffering from dyspnea and should be a part of the therapeutic process.

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Understanding and Fighting Hay Fever

Hay Fever known in medicine as allergic rhinitis, is an allergic inflammation of the nasal mucosa and nasal airways to pollens of any kind of plants, including those used to make hay. The symptoms are similar to those of a common cold or flu: stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, inflammation of the nasal passages, sinusitis, breathing difficulty, increased clear watery mucus.

Allergic rhinitis refers generally to an allergic reaction caused by any type of allergen, such us pollen, dust, air pollution, animal dander (shed skin and hair), chemicals, etc.   

 

Allergy - Hay Fever - Allergic Rhinitis

Individuals with a sensitive immune system react to these allergens once they are inhaled. The allergens trigger the production of antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE) in such individuals, this causing the release of histamines and other chemicals, resulting in the allergic symptoms described above.

Allergies are very common today and increasing each year. Heredity, developing itself in decrease immunity with each generation, and environmental pollution contribute to a predisposition to allergies. Western countries are more affected and the trend is growing.

Hay fever is usually caused by pollen of specific seasonal plants, most common in spring. However, it is not unusual to suffer from hay fever throughout the year. The pollen that causes hay fever varies by regions and between individuals. The most predominant pollen is the tiny, almost invisible pollen from plants that are pollinated by wind and not those pollinated by insects. Those pollinated by insects have large pollens which are not airborne being too heavy.  

In Japan, the most commonly allergic pollen comes from two native Japanese tree species, used in massive reforestation after the World War II, cryptomeria and Japanese cypress trees.  

In North America, the most common allergic pollen is ragweed, late summer and fall.

What is the treatment in hay fever?… How are allergies diagnosed?
The goal is to prevent and reduce the symptoms in hay fever or allergic rhinitis, as there is not a real understanding of the cause of allergic reaction in western medicine.

Avoiding the allergen is the most effective measure, if it can be applied. To control symptoms, doctors prescribe intranasal corticosteroids, associated or not with oral antihistamines and decongestants. Long term treatment with corticosteroids is not recommended due to the side-effects of prolonged steroid therapy.

Nasal irrigation with saline solution can also help to wipe-off the allergens and clear the nasal passages.

Desensitization to allergens, by immunotherapy or allergy shots, can have some results if it is given for one full year, but it is discontinued if there is no improvement after five years.

Desensitization and increased immunity of respiratory mucosa to allergen have been seen in prolonged aerosol salt therapy. Using home salt therapy on a daily basis, for 7-8 hours a day, for at least three years, greatly improves the respiratory immunity to infections and allergens.  

Complications
Nasal allergy
due to its chronic nature, can cause recurrent sinusitis, malformation of the nasal passages, nasal polyps, otitis media and hearing problems, orthodontic problems and there is a high risk in developing allergic asthma, as the sensitive area grows from the nasal passages to lower respiratory tract.

 

 

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Understanding and Managing Cystic Fibrosis

Understanding and Managing Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis, also known as mucoviscidosis is a genetic disorder where the autosomal recessive gene is affected. The disease affects the lungs, heart, pancreas, liver and intestines. It is characterized by abnormal transport of sodium and chloride through epithelium, making the secretions thick and viscous.

cystic fibrosis affected organs

The name refers to scarring (fibrosis) and cyst formation within the pancreas that was first documented in 1930s. Due to the abnormal secretions, lung infections are frequent and breathing difficulty is the most serious symptom. Other cystic fibrosis symptoms are poor growth, enlarged heart, sinus infections, respiratory pulmonary diseases, digestive problems, infertility and abnormal pancreas function.

The first indication of cystic fibrosis are salty skin, poor growth and weight gain despite normal food intake, thick sticky mucus, frequent respiratory infections, persistent cough and shortness of breath.

Lungs and sinus infections result from clogging because of the thick sticky mucus, reduce ciliary mobility and inflammation.

Inflammation and repeated infections cause structural changes in the lungs leading to many symptoms; in early stages, constant coughing, increase phlegm production and decrease resistance to effort and physical exercise. In later stages, when structural changes in the lungs and airways occur, there are breathing difficulties and difficulty in getting enough oxygen to the blood (hypoxia). Coughing up blood, recurrent pneumonia, high blood pressure in the lungs, respiratory failure, heart failure, are other serious symptoms.

The para nasal passages and sinuses may also be affected due to the thick mucus and sinuses infections are common, together with their symptomatology, headache, facial pain, fever, nasal drainage. Nasal polyps are also very common to develop as a result of multiple sinus infections. Cardio-respiratory complications are the most cause of death in people with cystic fibrosis.

The lungs of persons with cystic fibrosis are infected and colonised with bacteria from an early age. These types of bacteria and their characteristics change and develop in time in persons with cystic fibrosis, because they have a perfect environment in the thick viscous mucus and they develop resistance to commonly used antibiotics. More often these types of flourishing bacteria are spread between different individuals with cystic fibrosis. People with cystic fibrosis have to be aware of this danger and avoid spreading these dangerous strains of bacteria among other cystic fibrosis sufferers. In healthcare facilities, people with cystic fibrosis should be isolated from one another and strict hygiene should be maintained to avoid spreading strains of bacteria among them.

Beside uncommon strains of bacteria, different types of fungi and / or yeasts can chronically colonised the airways, some of them found almost exclusively in patients with cystic fibrosis. Defective mucociliary clearance favorites the growth of these fungi / yeasts colonies, together with prolonged antibiotic and corticosteroid therapies that also favorite their growth.

The respiratory complications can be reduced using salt therapy. Hypertonic saline solution is used in hospitals to help in clearing the thick stagnant mucus and avoid infection. The long-term salt aerosol exposure, in home salt therapy, provides exposure during the night sleep, when the micro particles of salt slowly deposit on the respiratory mucosa. It helps to make the thick mucus more fluid, unclogs the airways and reduces the inflammation. Salt is known to have bactericide properties and helps in fighting bacterial infections, beside its mucolytic and anti inflammatory effect. Using a home salt therapy device will create a seashore microenvironment in your own house.

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More about asthma

Find more about asthma, symptoms and pathology, treatment and natural tips to control asthma. Did you know that including turmeric in your diet can make a difference in your asthma?
There are also other natural ways how you can relieve asthma symptoms… read more here: https://www.salinetherapy.com/terminology/asthma/

Health benefits of turmeric

 

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Antibiotics Drugs vs Natural Antibiotics

Antibiotics Drugs vs Natural Antibiotics

In a clinical study in 2008, antibiotic side effects led to more than 140,000 emergency admissions per year in USA. About 50 percent of emergency visits were due to antibiotics reactions in the penicillin class drugs, and the other 50 percent were due to a variety of other class antibiotics used to treat many different types of infections.

Some of the most common side effects are: rash, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, hearing loss, renal toxicity, liver toxicity, vaginal candidiasis, allergic reactions, headache, peripheral neuropathy, just to list a few and beside antibiotic resistance, if one antibiotics class is use often.

The etymology of the word “antibiotic” comes from Greek – anti + bios, life – ”pertaining to the ability to destroy or interfere with the development of a living organism”. Antibiotics work more specifically against living cells. Since our bodies are also made of living cells, antibiotics have to distinguish between bacterial cells and our bodies cells. Beside the bacteria invaders the antibiotics also kill the “good bacteria” and some of our living cells.

Antibiotics drugs should be used with caution and use alternative natural sources first.

Salt therapy is natural and also very useful in respiratory infections. Natural rock salt used in salt therapy has specific effects such as: anti bacteriologic, anti viral, anti inflammatory, mucolytic (assists in the elimination of excess mucus) and immunity buster / allergic desensitization. Salt therapy is available today in different forms:

1. Natural Speleotherapy – in a natural salt cave or mine

2. Artificial salt room

3. Home salt therapy by Saltair device

Some other natural sources of antibiotics are food sources. Check here some of them: