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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Please Help Me Breath!

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a particularly nasty lung condition that escalates in stages amongst those with emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis. 

Tragically, emphysema slowly destroys the air sacs in your lungs, which ultimately interferes with your outward air flow capacity. Bronchitis on the other hand, causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes. The narrowing allows mucus to build up causing congestion.

When COPD is diagnosed in addition to a pre-existent condition such as emphysema or bronchitis, breathing can become almost impossible. Symptoms may be mild at first, beginning with a cough, some congestion and wheezing.  Regular medical checkups are absolutely necessary as you can easily dismiss these symptoms at first as having a simple cold 

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Symptom Stages

Stage 1

  • mild shortness of breath, especially after exercise
  • mild but chronic cough
  • needing to clear your throat often, especially upon waking

Stage 2

  • shortness of breath after mild exercise such as walking up a flight of stairs
  • wheezing
  • tightness in the chest
  • chronic cough, which may or may not produce mucus
  • Chronic chest congestion
  • Contracting frequent colds or other respiratory infections
  • reduced energy

Stage 3

  • Chronic fatigue
  • swelling in the lower extremities such as feet, ankles and legs
  • Decreased appetite

Stage 4

  • bluish or gray fingernails and lips due to low oxygen levels in your blood
  • trouble catching your breath
  • confusion or faintness due to decreased oxygen levels to the brain
  • racing heart beat

Cause

Smoking is the number one cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is most commonly diagnosed in patients over the age of 40. You can also develop COPD if you’re exposed to toxic fumes from chemicals or asbestos in the workplace. Long-term exposure to air pollution and inhaling dust has also been known to cause COPD among those with allergies.

Treatment

 Although COPD is considered to be a chronic condition, it can be managed and treated in a number of different ways to improve your quality of life. The most common forms of treatment are doctor prescribed bronchodilators to help relax muscles in the airways, gluco-corticosteroids to reduce the inflammation, and at later stages oxygen therapy is common. Surgery is usually the last form of treatment available and is often needed to remove large air sacs from the lungs, or in extreme cases a full lung transplant.

To lower the risk of contracting additional respiratory infections, your doctor will likely add vaccinations to your treatment plan. A yearly flu shot, pneumococcal vaccine, and possibly a tetanus booster helps protect the lungs from damage against infections.

Alternative Treatment

Although there is no cure currently for COPD, alternative treatments do exist that can help to increase lung air capacity and regulate breathing. Environmental treatments such as the Saltair home salt therapy device have been shown to be very effective in easing COPD symptoms.

Saltair works by releasing tiny microscopic particles of salt into the air over a 7-8 hour period. As the salt is inhaled, the inflammation in the bronchial tubes eases allowing for clear breathing. These inhalable particles of salt help clear the mucus, reduce inflammation, and naturally boost your respiratory immune system over time. Home salt therapy can act not only to treat the common symptoms and causes of COPD, but can also act as a preventative agent in your environment by naturally cleansing the air.

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All-Natural Bronchitis Antidote Treatment

What is Bronchitis?

This type of illness causes much swelling and inflammation within the bronchi, where the inflammation may be either acute or chronic.

With chronic bronchitis, sufferers normally have a daily cough with production of mucus, where the swelling of the airway lining causes obstructions as well as narrowing within the airways. The inflammation produces a large amount of mucus, which causes even more obstruction within the airways, whereby a bacterial infection may eventually set in. Most chronic cases increase the chances of bacterial infections within the lungs.

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Acute bronchitis, on the other hand, is normally a viral infection but may at times be bacterial, though it heals well without many complications.

Symptoms

  • Persistent cough with or without mucus
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty in getting enough air into the lungs

Bronchitis Treatment

There are many pharmacologic treatments available for both chronic and acute bronchities, though as with any man-made substances, it leads to other complications and side-effects such as allergies and even autoimmune issues.

Much scientific evidence has been put into the development of the Saltair home therapy device, which indicates that salt therapy eases many of the symptoms experienced from those suffering from bronchitis.

Bronchitis relief is at hand when utilising the Saltair device, which may be used as a complimentary or an alternative treatment option within the comfort of your own home.

Salt therapy has been proven to:

  • Clear away mucous within the airways leading to better airflow
  • Reduce inflammation in the airway having anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improve overall lung functioning and better blood oxygenation
  • Clear unwanted particles from inside of the lungs
  • Helps in killing off the bacteria and viruses found within the respiratory system

Benefits of salt therapy include:

  • You will be able to breathe much easier after a few sessions
  • Alleviate shortness of breath as well as chest tightness
  • Feel better overall as it strengthens the immune system as well
  • Be able to decrease dosages on antibiotics or even stop taking pharmacologic medications over all
  • Handle better the triggers regarding respiratory illnesses
  • Improve the overall quality of your life

With salt therapy you can be assured there are no side effects, non-invasive and effective long-term or preventative treatment. Looking after your health, will lead to a better you in all aspects!

 

 

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About Wheezing

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

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

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

  1. Allergies
  2. Anaphylaxis – that is 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. Medications such as aspirin
  16. Pneumonia
  17. Pulmonary Fibrosis
  18. Respiratory tract infection
  19. RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus)
  20. Sleep apnea
  21. Smoking
  22. Vocal cord dysfunction
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How Saltair Aids a Customer Suffering from Asthma – Interview

Esther is one of our customers who’s been using the Saltair – Home Salt Therapy device for very long time! It’s been helping her for more than 6 years to breathe better and manage her respiratory symptoms. She finds Saltair very beneficent and it helps her with her asthma, bronchitis and breathing difficulties.

“It has helped me enormously and I hope it will help anyone with breathing difficulty”, she said in an interview. “I am so pleased with the product that I want tell the world!”

“In the morning I am not congested, I am not coughing and it helps me enormously.” she said.

 

 

The microscopic salt particles generated by Saltair penetrate into the respiratory system by natural breathing. Once they get inside, being so tiny, they travel to alveoli – smallest part in the lung where the oxygen exchange takes place – and help in clearing and reducing the inflammation. They kill bacteria, viruses or fungi and humidify the whole respiratory system, clearing the impurities and mucus. This is also very helpful in respiratory allergy or hay fever, where the allergens are cleared from the respiratory system and the inflammation reduced.

Shortly there will be an improvement in breathing and in shortness of breath. The blood gets more oxygen as a result of better oxygen exchange in alveoli, and this will induce a deeper more relaxed sleep and better body functioning.

Using salt therapy at home every day, at least during the night, will increase the respiratory immunity against respiratory infections and allergens.

 

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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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Black Seeds – Ancient Healing Food

The black seeds come from an annual flowering plant – Nigella Sativa – and is well-known for its healing properties since ancient times. It is frequently referred to as Roman coriander, black caraway, black sesame, black cumin and black onion seed. It is known today primarily as black seed.

The earliest record showing cultivation and use as food and in healing come from ancient Egypt. In Arabic culture it is known as "seed of blessing" and "a remedy for all diseases except death".

Black Seeds Healing Benefits

Many of black seeds traditionally known health benefits have been thoroughly confirmed by biomedical literature and clinical studies. In fact, PubMed – the public library of clinical studies – shows over 600 studies involving Nigella Sativa

Black seed is another natural remedy proving great natural healing properties on respiratory system and respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, colds and flu, tonsillitis. For a synergetic effect in respiratory diseases and shortness of breath, use home salt therapy together with food that is known for its respiratory benefits, such as black seeds.