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Salt Therapy: Improving Overall Quality of Life with a Salt Machine

With thousands of salt caves around the world and more spas beginning to offer this, salt therapy is becoming a more widely used and popular treatment throughout the world. However, these methods can get quite expensive and sometimes the location of the salt caves / salt rooms isn’t convenient for everyone.

 Saltair machine + rock salt

A salt machine is the perfect way to bring the salt caves right into the comfort of your own home! The salt machine will release microscopic salt particles into the air, inhaling the particles will reduce inflammation and the amount of mucus in the lungs, improving respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and more. Salt therapy is also a very lovely way to de-stress, relax and can help alleviate anxiety. Studies suggest that the release of negative ions – what you experience when you step outside into the fresh air, salt therapy has the same effect.  It reduces stress, headaches, lethargy and depression, and improves energy and mental acuity while stabilizing mood and sleep patterns. Negative ions are naturally abundant in places such as the rainforest and the beach; they are believed to stimulate serotonin in the body, helping people feel calm and relaxed.

Skin conditions such as psoriasis, rashes, eczema, and acne can also be improved with salt therapy. Pure mineral salt, like the salt used in our home salt therapy has natural moisturizing properties and help with the skin’s water balance by attracting moisture to the skin.

Salt therapy is one hundred percent natural, drug free, and very safe. It can be used for any age group, providing immunity and reduce risk of infection down the road. Salt therapy can be used alone or it can be combined with other medical prescriptions, which often reduces the amount of medication taken in the prescribed treatment.

 A common concern about salt therapy is if it’s harmful to breathe in too much salt. While ingesting too much salt can be harmful for the body, breathing in the microscopic particles of salt doesn’t increase the salt intake, as they are eliminated with the mucus. Inside of the respiratory system, the salt particles help to fluidize the mucus, reduce the inflammation and kill bacteria, viruses and fungus.

 So, if you have tried all the medications possible for your stuffy nose and bad cough, it’s time to try home salt therapy! With no harmful side effects, salt therapy is beneficial for overall wellness by essentially cleaning out your respiratory system, improving the appearance of skin, and boosting the immune system. It’s the easiest treatment possible, without any user involvement, it can be used during the night sleep, with so many advantages. All you need to do is to place the salt machine next to your bed, on a night table, direct the slight air stream towards you and freely breathe in the salt particles released by the salt machine, and let the salt work its magic.  It acts quickly on relieving symptoms and improving respiratory immunity, saving you numerous trips to the doctor’s office. Saltair – Home Salt Therapy machine is small, easy to use and effective and has a lot to offer if you bring it home!

Click salt therapy avenues to find more about different salt therapy methods.

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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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Salt Therapy for Pneumonia Treatment: A Medical Breakthrough?

Nearly three million Americans are diagnosed with pneumonia on a yearly basis. The worst part about this is that this statistic has not been decreasing over time even with our modern pneumonia treatment. The sickness itself has been known to come in different forms but produce the same effects.

What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is characterized by the inflammation of the alveoli, the small air-sacs in the lungs. The alveoli are known as small sac-like containers within the lungs that act as filters that take in oxygen and break it down into usable substances for the body. Pneumonia attacks these air-sacs and causes them to swell up and malfunction, bringing all forms of respiratory problems.

Pneumonia is manifested in different forms depending on what kind of infection the alveoli incur. You can either get pneumonia that is based on a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. Treatments for each type differ because the source of the infection is different.

 Pneumonia

What are the Pneumonia Symptoms?

The most common are bacterial and viral pneumonia. The symptoms are the same and include:

– chest pain while breathing or coughing
– increased coughing that may be productive
– fatigue and confusion may also be accompanying symptoms especially in elders
– high fever, sweating and shivering (chills)
– shortness of breath
– faster heart rate
– headache

There is a type of pneumonia called walking pneumonia. The main difference is that the symptoms are much milder. While pneumonia causes high fever and productive cough, walking pneumonia may involve a very low fever and dry cough. Walking pneumonia is always cased by a bacterial infection. The bacteria can be latent in your body and your immunity system got used with it and does not strongly fight against it. 

Pneumonia Treatment

As mentioned earlier, the type of pneumonia will generally determine what type of treatment is needed. A wide variety of antibiotics and antidotes are available for bacterial and viral pneumonia. Fungal pneumonia requires a special diet and anti-fungal medication to get rid of the fungus that is causing the inflammation in the lungs.

Many cases of walking pneumonia do not require treatment. It will help to rest and drink plenty of fluids. Pneumonia treatment may include:
– antibiotics (oral or IV)
– corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
– oxygen and IV fluids for hydration
– mukolytics drugs to break down the mucus

Natural Pneumonia Treatment

Halotherapy is a broad term used to describe salt treatments or salt therapy for breathing conditions.

As surprising as it may sound, halotherapy is becoming one of the most popular methods of treatment when it comes to respiratory illnesses around the world. By changing the form of salt into either a liquid form or an aerosol form that can be inhaled, salt can be used to prevent respiratory infections and ultimately lessen the symptoms of pneumonia.

The salt is known for its antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties. On top of helping with the inflammation by fighting infection, breathing the salt aerosol helps to remove the mucus within the lungs.  Salt is a potent mukolytic and helps to fluidize the mucus and quicken its elimination. The salt being antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal, salt therapy helps in fighting all three types of pneumonia and speed up recovery.

A very efficient method is by using a salinizer device directly in your own home. A salinizer is a salt machine that releases tiny particles of salt in the indoor air, for easy breathing, usually during the night sleep.  This type of salt therapy at home allows long term exposure to the salt aerosol, that is necessary in all chronic respiratory problems. It is recommended a 7-8 hours daily exposure to salt therapy to fight and speed-up recovery from pneumonia.

Constant use of home salt therapy, on a regular daily basis, have proved to minimize lung infections, increase respiratory immunity and improve respiratory health.

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Halosense Inc – HomeSaltTherapy.com Receives Certification from Doctor Trusted

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Halosense Inc – HomeSaltTherapy.com Receives Certification from Doctor Trusted

London, ON September 18, 2014 — Halosense Inc, home salt therapy manufacturer and distributor, has recently been approved to display a doctor's seal of approval, a major benefit granted by consumer protection service Doctor Trusted.

To earn certification, Halosense Inc passed a strict application process that involves careful evaluation by a doctor of their website and any products or services offered. The review process involves predetermined criteria that include reasonable medical claims, fair pricing and return policy, easy-to-locate customer service and security of sensitive customer data, among others.

The entire process promotes consumer safety surrounding home salt therapy products and services, and helps Halosense Inc strengthen trust in their brand as an online health business. “We are very proud that we earned the Doctor Trusted certificate for our health products, confirming, once again, home salt therapy efficiency in respiratory diseases. We will continue as always to provide our customers with great products and service, being very happy to help people with breathing difficulty to breathe better naturally!” stated a company representative.

As Halosense Inc has passed all of predetermined criteria, they are now eligible to display a web seal of doctor approval on their webpage, which provides an easy, highly visible way for customers to check legitimacy on their own before making a purchase. This protects customers as well as business owners by elevating moral business practices and accountability.

For more information about Halosense Inc, visit the company online at http://www.SalineTherapy.com . To learn more about consumer protection through Doctor Trusted, visit their website at www.doctortrusted.org.

About the company: Halosense Inc is a Canadian corporation involved in research and development of home salt therapy products. Since its inception in 2005, Halosense Inc has helped thousands of people suffering from breathing problems to breathe easy, naturally.

 

 

 

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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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Back to School – Are you Parents Really Ready?

Back to school again! I cannot believe how quickly this summer has passed already!… Parents, are you really ready for your kids to go back to school?

The children’s attitude and confidence, as well as school performance can be influenced about how we, as parents, are getting a new school year off to a good start. A new school year can be difficult for both parents and children. Children are challenged not only by new routine accommodation, new activities, greater level of work and structure in school, but also by health issues that appear as soon as the school starts. The school life includes close contact with other classmates and respiratory infections are just around the corner.

 

Back to School Sale

Ear infections, nasal congestion, cold or flu can be easily prevented by home salt therapy. If there is an infection onset, the salt aerosol helps to fight the infection and recover much quicker. The salt aerosol is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, and is able to penetrate deep into the lungs, fighting infections, reducing the inflammation / congestion and promoting better breathing and blood oxygenation. 

Beside the health effects on the respiratory system and fighting respiratory infections, increased blood oxygenation has a positive effect over the whole body, including the brain and nervous system. 

There are two main devices for salt therapy at home that your kids can benefit from – Saltair device and Salt Inhaler. Saltair device is a salt machine, an ultrasonic salinizer, that works by releasing microscopic particles of salt into the indoor air for breathing them during night. It is very easy to use without any user involvement, recommended in all ages! The salt inhaler is a hand-held device that can be easily carried at school and breathe through it during the day. School age kids can use the salt inhaler easily but it is not recommended for younger kids.

The degree of adjustment depends on the child; as parents we can help our children manage the increased pace of life by planning ahead and maintaining a positive attitude. Health is the most important aspect of our life and everything depends on it. Your child will benefit if you can identify and address a potential issue before school starts. Keep your kids healthy and happy with home salt therapy! 

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Understanding Emphysema

Emphysema is a long-term, chronic disease. People with emphysema have breathing difficulty, especially with exhaling the air out of the lungs. The most common cause for emphysema is smoking and quitting smoking reduces the progression of the disease.

Curios about what you can find in a cigarette, beside trouble breathing?

content of cigarette

Emphysema is part of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

What happens in emphysema?

Emphysema is diagnosed when the sensitive walls of the air sacs in the lungs are destroyed and usually it is irreversible; this damage occurs usually because of the toxins in cigarette smoke. The air become trapped in air pockets in the lungs and lungs become enlarged and breathing more difficult. They may break, damage and form scar tissue. During a lung function test, a person with emphysema will show a far longer time in emptying lungs than a person without emphysema.

Emphysema sufferers feel as there is an obstruction in emptying the lungs at exhalation and emphysema is the main form of COPD. The other form of COPD is chronic bronchitis.

Smoking is a major cause of emphysema but is not the only one. The deficiency of Alpha-1 antitrypsin is another cause found in about 3% of people suffering of emphysema, beside second hand smoke, air pollution, factory fumes and silica dust. Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a natural protein that circulates into blood and its main function is to keep the white cell from damaging normal tissue. From normal presence of alpha-1 antitrypsin white cells distinguish between normal tissue and invaders cells in infections.

What are the symptoms in emphysema?

There may be no symptoms for many years, but as disease progresses, shortness of breath (dyspnoea) may slowly develop. In early stages of emphysema dyspnoea may be present only with physical effort and later it may be present at rest as well. There may be recurring infections, pneumonia, chest infections, influenza and cold as the respiratory immunity is compromise.

What is the treatment in emphysema?

Emphysema is not a curable disease. However, symptoms can be relieved and slowed down its progression, with proper treatment.

            Quit smoking – smoking is the main cause and stopping smoking will help considerable to slow down progression

            Bronchodilators – such as Salbutamol, that relieves constriction in the air ways, breathing difficulty and coughing.

            Steroid sprays – helps with shortness of breath; however, they must be used with caution because of the great side effects, especially in long-term usage. Side effects include weakened bones or osteoporosis, elevated blood pressure, weight gain, cataracts and diabetes.

            Antibiotic therapy – recurrent chest infections require repetitive antibiotic treatments. These also have significant side effects in many people and decrease respiratory immunity.

            Natural therapy – Of great use here are natural therapies, such as breathing exercises, rehabilitation techniques and home salt therapy. These help in strengthening the lungs and make breathing easy. The aerosol salt particles in home salt therapy help to clean the excess mucus production, reduce the inflammation and fight bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Offering long-term exposure during night, it reduces the recurring episodes of lung and chest infections and provides quicker recovery from pneumonia. Home salt therapy helps the body's natural healing force to fight better against emphysema and slows the progression of the disease.  

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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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Understanding and Treating COPD

Understanding and Treating COPD

COPD stands for "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" and if you have it you need to know that it cannot be cured,  but it can be managed and pretty well controlled. Having COPD should not keep you from having an enjoyable life.

COPD  symptoms include many debilitating symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough and poor lung function. Under its umbrella the term COPD includes other chronic respiratory diseases: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. 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.

As we age, our lung function slowly declines each year, but for some people there is a rapid decline and this is happening especially in people who smoke cigarettes. Smoking is not the only important factor in COPD. Exposure to irritants and fumes, increased air pollution or dusty environment can also play an important role in developing COPD. Some people may also inherit a genetic predisposition in developing COPD.

How is COPD diagnosed

Early diagnosis and treatment makes a difference in managing COPD. At the beginning the only sign can be a dry cough or a mild breathing difficulty, that usually people attribute them to aging or being out of shape. Breathing difficulty is not a normal sign of aging and people should consult their doctor. As a result of ignoring symptoms, people with COPD are not being diagnosed until the disease is advanced. Early symptoms of COPD can be:

wheezing when exhale

shortness of breath or air hunger or heaviness while breathing

increased sputum or phlegm that is usually coughed up

persistent cough

– felling tired, fatigued or lacking energy

– trouble sleeping, restlessness or not rested in the morning

– needing for more pillows or sleeping in a chair to avoid shortness of breath

– swelling of the ankles due to low blood oxygenation

The goals in COPD treatment are:

  • relieving symptoms

  • slowing the progress of the disease

  • preventing and treating complications

  • and improving well-being

These will include some lifestyle changes. First step is to quit smoking and avoid lung irritants, second-hand smoke, fumes or toxic substances. Quitting smoking can be difficult, so you may consider joining a group, ask your family and friends to support you in your effort to quit.

You may have trouble eating enough due to the breathing difficulty and fatigue. You may need to follow a nutrition plan to get all the nutrients that you need. You may need to eat smaller and more frequent meals, rest before eating and supplement with vitamins and minerals.

You may find it hard to have physical activity but this can strengthen the muscles that help breathing and improve wellbeing.

Take care of the air you breathe! You can use air filters to filter the air for dust and other pollutants. Use a humidifier or dehumidifier, depending what is needed to keep normal level of humidity in the indoor air.   

Consider using home salt therapy that will help in cleaning your respiratory system and expel the sputum, reduce inflammation and help you breathe easier. The salt particles also help in cleaning the indoor air you breathe.

The usual medication in COPD includes:

  • Bronchodilators – help to relax the smooth muscles around airways and helps you to breathe easier. Depending on the severity of your COPD, this medication can be short-acting or long-acting. The short-acting bronchodilators are prescribed in mild COPD and use it only when symptoms occur.

  • Glucocorticosteroids (steroids) – help to reduce the inflammation in the respiratory system; usually they are prescribed together with a bronchodilator for a trial period of few months to check if the addition of steroid helps to relieve breathing problems.

In severe COPD, with low level of oxygen in the blood, oxygen therapy can help restore the oxygen level and improve over all condition.   

People with COPD are at higher risk for pneumonia and your doctor may suggest a pneumococcal vaccine. Home salt therapy is of great help here because the salt particles help in cleaning the mucus and have anti-bacterial properties; stagnant mucus or sputum / phlegm increase the risk in developing bacterial infection.

Pulmonary rehabilitation or rehab is program that helps you improve breathing and wellbeing, through physical and breathing exercises, disease management training and nutritional and psychological counselling. The program involves nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and dietitians.   

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What is bronchiectasis?

Find what is bronchiectasis, causes, symptoms, types of disease, anatomical changes that occur, prevention and treatment. Find more about natural ways to get relief and improve symptomatology… read more here: https://salinetherapy.com/terminology/bronchiectasis/