How do lungs function?
It goes without saying that our lungs are one of the most important organs in our body, if we don’t breathe well, we don’t live well!
Each of the 20,000 breaths most people take each day is powered by the lungs, which work 24 hours a day to filter the atmosphere, and extract the necessary gasses for survival- Oxygen being most essential! Particularly during times of weather changes, and for people experiencing respiratory viruses, cough/colds, asthma, eczema or other hypersensitivity allergies, support for lung function is vital! Reducing/eliminating sugar, dairy & wheat may assist in reducing lung dysfunction by reducing inflammation and mucous production within the body.
Did you know Pneumonia is the number 1 killer of children under 5 years old? Responsible for 18% of deaths, yet pneumonia can be a significantly preventable and treatable illness. It occurs due to abnormal inflammation within the lungs, most often caused by bacteria or viruses (& less often by fungi or parasites.) If the lungs become inflamed, fluid can build up in the tissue of the lungs and infection can quickly spread to the entire body. Pneumonia itself is not contagious but the underlying cause (eg. Bacteria or virus) can be contagious, particularly from those with a compromised immune system. If the cause of pneumonia is spread, the infection can be transmitted in the same way as influenza or the common cold, by hand contact or by tiny droplets from the mouth or noses up to six feet away!
The best defense against pneumonia or other respiratory infection is sufficient sleep & sufficient water intake, time in fresh air and sunlight, clean hand hygiene for coughing and sneezing transfer, and musculoskeletal treatment to optimise your body’s immune function.
Fresh foods high in Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin C are very beneficial for lung function, including pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, spinach, almonds, mushrooms, asparagus, beans, pomegranate, raspberries, blackberries, banana, dates & cacao. Garlic, turmeric, cayenne pepper & black pepper are also great for their anti-inflammatory actions.
To learn more on how to further improve your health, book a consultation with Dr Rachel Murphy (Osteopath, Clinical Nutritionist) at the Family Wellness Group.
Call 9898 0222 or book online here
Dr Rachel Murphy
In clinical practice, I continue to pursue passion for treating infants and children as well as pregnancy care, including pre and postnatal support. I have a strong belief that environment plays a crucial role in health and well being, and therefore treatment management must also include advice on exercise and nutrition, ergonomics, stretching, rehabilitation and lifestyle modification.
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