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Controlling Your Wheezing With Salt Therapy

How to stop wheezing

It’s very easy to downplay catching your breath as a simple joke. Many people blame breathing problems on old age or not being fit enough. While it’s funny most of the time, if you feel short of breath most days, that’s a warning sign for you. You may think there’s no harm in taking a little while longer in catching your breath, but your respiratory system is begging for help. A common reason as to why you feel so short of breath is wheezing.

What is Wheezing ?

Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound made while breathing and can occur while you breathe in or out. It can sometimes be accompanied by a tight feeling in your chest. Wheezing mainly arises due to inflammation and narrowing of airways in your throat or lungs.  These are common symptoms in many respiratory illnesses, such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), bronchitis, asthma, and many more. Wheezing doesn’t usually require any medical intervention. However, it is important to see a doctor if the wheezing becomes recurring or gives you severe difficulty breathing.

How to stop wheezing

Wheezing at night

Also known as nocturnal asthma, is very unpleasant. For reasons that have yet to be proven, studies have shown that the chances of experiencing asthma symptoms are higher during sleep. Some possible explanations as to why this is includes: increased exposure to allergens, cooling of airways, sleep positioning, hormone secretions, and possible change in bronchial function. The exact reasoning is still yet to be found. With nocturnal asthma, you experience things like chest tightness and shortness of breath while you’re trying to sleep. This leads to wheezing during the night and leaves you feeling unrested. You wake up the next morning feeling irritable and not up to any task. Imagine if you experienced this most nights, you’d feel like a walking zombie.

Wheezing Cough

Wheezing and coughing usually go together hand in hand. With your airways feeling irritated and inflamed, you have the urge to cough more. It’s normal to let a few coughs out, but sometimes the coughing can get so severe that it becomes a wheezing cough. It’s very hard to catch your breath in between coughs and it’s been described as a similar feeling to choking.

Baby Wheezing

In the first stage of your child’s life, parenting can be very scary and intimidating. You are now responsible for the small human being that looks very breakable. Naturally, the instinct is to hover. So, when your infant’s breathing starts changing, you worry. Is this supposed to happen? Should I call a doctor? Wheezing can actually be quite common for a baby. Due to their airways being so small, it’s very easy for a baby to have breathing difficulty. Small grunts or sighs are nothing to be worried about. Nor is slowed breathing when sleeping. The only red flag for baby wheezing is hearing a consistent whistle-like noise. That’s when you know it’s time to take your child to see a doctor. Some possible causes behind your baby wheezing can be allergies, bronchiolitis, or asthma. Hearing your baby being diagnosed is never fun, but all these conditions are very treatable and regulated easily.

How to Stop Wheezing

Alongside taking the medication prescribed by your doctor, you can also take steps to stop your current wheezing and prevent future episodes. The first step is making sure you are hydrated at all times, preferably with warm liquids such as tea or warm lemon water. Since wheezing is a side effect of multiple respiratory conditions, mucus buildup in your airways will be a common problem. Drinking warm liquids can help break up tough mucus and ease congestion. Another immense help is moist air. Think of all those steamy hot showers you take when you’re feeling under the weather or how good you feel when you set up a humidifier in your room. There’s no greater feeling than the feeling of your airways unclogging.

Another home remedy that’s not as commonly known is salt therapy. Salt therapy is the inhalation of microscopic salt particles. This natural and non-invasive remedy cleanses the respiratory system, killing all harmful bacteria. Due to salt having anti-inflammatory traits, it significantly decreases the inflammation in the airways, making it less likely for more wheezing to occur. Salt therapy can also boost your immune system and make the wheezing lessen. With a clean respiratory system and the salt being able to kill off bacteria, your air tracts will be able to stay healthy.  Try salt therapy today and say goodbye to wheezing!

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Cystic Fibrosis – How To Manage The Condition Better With Salt Therapy

Cystic Fibrosis – How To Manage The Condition Better With Salt Therapy

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that generally affects children and young adults. It is characterized by production of mucus that’s abnormally thick and can cause severe respiratory infections. Cystic fibrosis can affect the functioning of the lungs and the digestive system. Chronic infection can lead to progressive lung damage and even result in death. Cystic fibrosis symptoms include frequent instances of sinusitis, bronchitis and buildup of sticky mucus in the respiratory tract. Most children with the condition die as infants only ten years ago but today the cystic fibrosis life expectancy is about 37 years.

Children with Cystic Fibrosis infographic

Commonly Used Line of Treatment

Some of the commonly used methods of treatment for cystic fibrosis include pancreatic enzyme supplements, multivitamin therapies, inhalation of oral antibiotics or administering them intravenously, mucolytics, bronchodilators and anti inflammatory medications. The latest cystic fibrosis treatment that is regarded by leading specialists as one of the best ways of dealing with the condition is salt therapy.

Salt Therapy And Its Benefits

However, salt therapy is not a new development. This form of treatment can be traced back to ancient Greece to the times of the great physician, Hippocrates. He used to treat patients with respiratory problems through salt water steam inhalation. Medieval monks were also known to treat patients by making them inhale salt particles found in salt caves, called speleotherapy or halotherapy.

In modern times, salt therapy is being used in different forms. In Europe, salt caves form a key element of treatment of patients suffering from chronic respiratory diseases. The air in salt caves located underground has a high concentration of microscopic salt crystals and ions. When inhaled deeply, the salt crystals present in the air enter deep into the lungs where harmful bacteria and allergens are neutralized resulting in reducing swelling of the lung tissue.

It is now possible to enjoy the benefits of salt therapy without having to travel to salt caves. There is an advanced ultrasonic salinizer – SaltAir – available that is designed to produce the same effects as the air of natural salt mines. SaltAir is engineered to convert saline solution into salt micro particles which are then dispensed into the indoor. People suffering from respiratory illnesses inhale the salty air – recommended during the night sleep – which provides relief by penetrating deep into the lungs. It is easy to use as no mask or mouthpiece is used. Ultrasonic salinizer SaltAir can provide long term relief from many breathing problems including respiratory problems caused by cystic fibrosis.

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Natural Ways to Strengthen Your Lungs

If you have a respiratory condition, traditional pharmaceutical medications are not your only answer. In combination with your prescription medications, there are lifestyle habits that you can adopt to treat and manage your respiratory condition.

Wind Instruments

Strengthening your lungs can help you fight a variety of ailments, from cystic fibrosis to the milder respiratory syndromes, such as asthma. The lung capacity expansion that results from the playing of wind instruments can help you manage your respiratory condition, resulting in relieved breathing.   

Examples of wind instruments that can strengthen your lungs:

  • Bagpipes
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon

While there are many ways to strengthen your lungs, practicing an instrument is ideal because it is controlled. Unlike sports, which can bring on an attack through overexertion, musical instruments allow you to develop your lung capacity at the speed that is right for you.  

Salt Therapy

Another natural way to manage your breathing is through the use of salt therapy or salt air therapy. Salt air therapy is a method by which ultrasonic frequency vibration technology transforms saline solution into salt particles and then releases them into the air.

Salt air therapy is an effective way to manage respiratory conditions, as the salt:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Unclogs blockages (fluidizes the mucus to come off easily – such as in the case of cystic fibrosis and other respiratory diseases)
  • Eases breathing

Through a combination of controlled exercise (through wind instruments) and salt therapy, you can manage your chronic respiratory condition. You will find that over time your lung capacity will strengthen, leading to better breathing overall and increased well-being.

The salt therapy will help you find added relief with regular use. This naturopathic method of respiratory relief is completely safe, as it does not contain any medication. Whether the patient is a small child, active adult, or pregnant woman, Halosense’s home salt therapy can help you manage your condition in a natural way, from prevention to chronic respiratory conditions.

 

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Home Salt Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis and COPD

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.

The first indication of cystic fibrosis are salty skin, poor growth, thick sticky mucus, frequent respiratory infections, persistent cough and shortness of breath. Frequent lungs and sinus infections result from clogging because of the thick sticky mucus, reduce ciliary mobility and inflammation.

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.

COPD, on the other hand, includes under its umbrella other chronic respiratory diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD stands for "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" and symptoms include many debilitating symptoms: shortness of breath, cough of thick mucus and poor lung function. In chronic bronchitis the lining of the breathing tubes become inflamed and lots of mucus is being produced and coughed up. With emphysema, the walls of the air sacs in the lungs are broken down and more air is trapped inside. Many people have both, chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

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, fight bacteria, viruses and reduces the inflammation.  Using Saltair, home salt therapy device, will create a seashore microenvironment in your own house helping you to breathe better naturally.

For more info, please visit www.HomeSaltTherapy.com or call 519-641-7258

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Chronic Cough And The Benefits of Home Salt Therapy

Hello everyone. Today I am going to answer the question that a lot of you have been asking: what is chronic cough? For starters, this is not just a bad cough but one that is going to leave you feeling physically drained. The most severe cases lead to lightheadedness, vomiting and can even fracture your ribs.

chronic cough and wheezing allergic asthma

If you have been wheezing or coughing for 8 weeks or more, you most likely have chronic cough. There are many possible reasons that may cause it such as asthma, postnasal drip, tobacco or acid reflux. Coughing on occasion is not bad as it removes secretions and foreign substances in your lungs. But if the coughing goes on for weeks it is usually due to another problem.

One of the most common causes is postnasal drip. If your nose produces too much mucus, it ends up in the back of your throat, causing you to cough. It could also be due to allergic asthma. If that is the case, coughing will be influenced by seasons. It could also get worse if you have an upper respiratory infection or breathe chemicals, fragrances or cold air.

Aside from frequent coughing, other symptoms include a stuffy or runny nose, feeling there is something in the airways and frequent clearing of the throat. Other symptoms are shortness of breath, heartburn and in some cases, coughing with blood, depending on the cause.

Whatever the cause, frequent coughing is tiring and could lead to headaches, urinary incontinence, dizziness, excess sweating and fatigue due to low oxygen level into the bloodstream. The most common treatments are decongestants and antihistamines, but they are nowhere near as effective as you would think and they have side effects that could make things worse. This applies to those acid blockers and antibiotics as well, and it is not wise to rely on these.

A better, healthier chronic cough treatment is Saltair Home Salt Therapy. Saltair is a device that converts saline solution into microscopic salt particles that are released into the indoor air. These breathable salt particles permeate the whole respiratory system, clearing the mucus, reducing inflammation and making it easier for you to breathe. The salt particles penetrate deep into the lungs, to the alveoli, where the oxygen intake takes place. Here they will clear the mucus and increase the oxygen intake into the bloodstream, helping the whole body function better. The salt particles also help in cleaning the indoor air from odors, pollen, fungi, bacteria and viruses.

The ancient Europeans used to treat respiratory infections and coughing by visiting salt caves and breathing the salty air. Now, with the revolutionary portable Saltair device, you can have the same results in the comfort of your home or anywhere you might want to take it.

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About Wheezing

What is Wheezing?

Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling like sound made while breathing.  It usually occurs during expiration (breathing out), but it can appear at inspiration (breathing in) as well.

reduced airflow and wheezing

Wheezing is a result of narrowing of the airways, usually due to inflammation or by a physical obstruction. It is typically accompanied by difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. The narrowing of the airways can be caused by inflammation caused by asthma, respiratory infection or allergic reaction.  A physical obstruction can be from a tumour or a foreign object present in the airways.

Causes of Wheezing

The most common cause of recurrent wheezing is asthma. Other possible causes can include:

  1. Allergies
  2. Anaphylaxis (a very severe allergic reaction to allergenic triggers such as food, insect bite or medication)
  3. Asthma
  4. Bronchiolitis
  5. Bronchiectasis
  6. Bronchitis
  7. COPD
  8. Cystic Fibrosis
  9. Emphysema
  10. Epiglottitis (inflammation of the “lid” of your windpipe)
  11. Foreign object in the airways
  12. GERD — Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  13. Heart failure
  14. Lung cancer
  15. Aspirin or other medication
  16. Pneumonia
  17. Pulmonary Fibrosis
  18. Respiratory tract infection
  19. RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus)
  20. Sleep apnea
  21. Smoking
  22. Vocal cord dysfunction

Salt Therapy as Natural Treatment

Many breathing problems can be greatly improved by salt therapy. Salt therapy consists in breathing microscopic salt particles or salt aerosol. Salt has many beneficial properties, such as being antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Because of these, the microscopic salt particles act deep in the lungs, reducing inflammation, fighting infections, and clearing the stagnant mucus.  This widens the airways and greatly improve breathing. As a result, more oxygen gets into the blood stream, more relaxed sleep and increase well-being will be noted.  You can easily have salt therapy at home, using an ultrasonic salinizer. This salinizer releases tiny salt particles in the air and you can benefit from salt therapy during your sleep hours. It is quite that easy!

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The Magic of Cystic Fibrosis Salt Therapy

Nearly 500 people in the United Kingdom die from Cystic Fibrosis every year as per the RRT. This statistic carries well into the Unites States as there is still no known cure for this terminal illness. But expert research is now pointing towards a kitchen-found remedy to help lower these alarming numbers.

What Is Cystic Fibrosis?

Otherwise known as CF, Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disorder that can clog up various pathways of many internal organs.

This genetic disorder messes up the cells that are responsible for producing mucus. You already know that mucus is the sticky substance that comes in abundance during spring fever. But it isn’t just meant to contain bacteria and clog your nose. It is also used to line the passageways of fluids and other substances between the various life-keeping systems of the human body.

cystic fibrosis signs and symptoms

That means healthy mucus should be thin and somewhat slippery to allow good traffic in the body. A person with CF, however, makes mucus that is sticky and thick. And it is that kind of mucus that can cause problems in the respiratory and digestive systems because it can block the air and food passageways.

People who suffer from this illness show Cystic Fibrosis symptoms such as stunted growth, skin that tastes salty and constant lung diseases. Some sufferers also show slight swelling in the tips of the fingers due to a build-up of minerals in the extremities that have nowhere to go because of clogged passages.

Is There a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis?

Unfortunately, no cures have yet been developed because of the genetic nature of this problem. To completely take care of it would be to tinker with the genetic make-up of a human being, which is still a widely-debated topic.

On top of that, a cystic fibrosis treatment can be expensive and hard to get. People who suffer from CF can expect a life constantly accompanied by antibiotics and inhalers that are only aimed to soften the mucus that they make, and they do not necessarily fix the problem.

But in recent years, doctors and scientists have discovered a revolutionary, natural based, non-invasive and inexpensive treatment method that can help delay the long-term effects of CF and extend the life expectancy of those who suffer from the disease.

The process is known as Halotherapy, but it has nothing to do with angels. Stemming from the Greek translation of “salt”, the treatment involves subjecting the patient to inhalation sessions of a salt-based aerosol solution. The treatment is done twice a day and produces very desirable results.

Why Salt in Cystic Fibrosis?

Although it is not a miracle cure, inhaling salty aerosol via a Cystic fibrosis salt therapy session will help the body produce healthy mucus and it also restores the water linings of the lung passages. This makes the thick and sticky mucus easy to eliminate from the body, ultimately keeping it from blocking any important openings.

The best thing about salt therapy is that it can be done at home using a simple device known as SaltAir salinizer. It’s as useful as it is fancy. It is a simple machine that creates a very fine and unnoticeable salt crystals aerosol that can be inhaled at home or at work.

Saltair salt therapy

The machine uses saline solution to create the salt micro-particles. They can be bought for around $99.99 which makes them affordable. They are also very easy to use as they release the salt particles into the indoor air for breathing. People with CF can notice dramatic improvements via this machine which can be used overnight, offering 7-8 hours exposure to the salt aerosol.

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Health Benefits of Cinnamon in Respiratory Diseases

The scientific name of cinnamon is ''Cinnamomum verum'' and comes from the Greek "Kinnamomon".

Cinnamon is used as a spice and for its medicinal properties since ancient times. It is documented in China 2700 BC, in India in the Ayurvedic medicine and later in Greece and during the Roman imperium.  

Cinnamon has many health benefits but here we will emphasize the benefits in respiratory diseases.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon in Respiratory Diseases

Due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties, cinnamon is a good ally in fighting respiratory infections such as sinus infection, bacterial infection, bronchitis, coughing, bacterial infections in cystic fibrosis, ear infection and recurrent respiratory infections. Being a powerful anti-bacterial, cinnamon is the best remedy in stomach flu and bacterial infections, fighting against Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other strains of bacteria.

Preparations made with cinnamon oil can be used as a natural disinfectant or antimicrobial agent against Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, Aspergillus oryzae, Penicillium digitatum to prevent respiratory or local infections. Cinnamon oil can prevent tooth decay and gum disease and can be found as a component in toothpaste, mouthwashes, chewing gum, etc.

Cinnamon is also a potent virus fighter, and research studies indicate benefits in fighting HIV, herpes virus and adenovirus that causes respiratory infections. Fungal respiratory infections can also benefit from its anti-fungal property.

Cinnamon is one of the top anti-oxidants in the world, with a value of over 250 000 μmol TE/100g. It helps to reduce the formation of free radicals that causes many diseases and helps in repairing organ damages, promoting good health.

Its antibacterial and healing infections in gastrointestinal (GI) tract is not to be left aside. However since Cinnamon removes both bad and good bacteria from the GI tract you should be careful to repopulate with good bacteria by drinking probiotic or eating fermented food after taking Cinnamon for a long period of time.

 

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Health Benefits of Saffron in Breathing Difficulty and Shortness of Breath

Saffron is a reddish-golden colored spice collected from styles and stigmas of the flower of saffron crocus (Crocus sativus). It is utilized mainly as a spice and seasoning agent in cooking or as a coloring agent due to its beautiful yellow-orange color. Saffron also offers several health benefits making it one of nature’s most effective and most expensive herbs.

The saffron crocus is indigenous to the Mediterranean and Western Asia, and the main reason saffron has a significant cost is the fact its production is incredibly labor demanding.

Saffron’s healing effects were acknowledged since historical times in these cultures, and was utilized to ease stomach aches, enhance blood circulation and ease difficult breathing or shortness of breath.

Health Benefits of Saffron in Breathing Difficulty and Shortness of Breath  

Among the multiple health benefits of saffron are: eases breathing in asthma attacks, improves lung and blood oxygenation, relieves whooping cough, croup cough, shortness of breath. Helps to fluidize thick mucus in the respiratory system and lungs being recommended in cystic fibrosis or respiratory infections. It also helps in depressive disorders, atherosclerosis, in learning and memory retention, and lots of other health issues. Its natural carotenoids and antioxidants components, crocin, are considered liable for enhancing arthritis, enhancing eye and vision and numerous other saffron’s health advantages.

Saffron has a distinct flavor that comes from the chemical compounds picrocrocin, and safranal. Saffron can be used in tea and cooking, especially used with rice. One amazing recipe, even though very elaborated but worth to try, is the Iranian Jeweled Rice that you can find here. There are many much easier to cook saffron recipes online that you can try and include in your diet.

As Hippocrates says, "Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food" – very true indeed! 

 

 

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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!