Lung disease is a major health issue but its burden continues to be underestimated. Millions of people in the United States suffer from lung disease. If all forms of lung disease are lumped together, it is the number 3 killer in the U.S.
The lungs play an essential role in the body, extracting oxygen from inhaled air for distribution via the bloodstream to every cell in the body. When lungs become diseased, they are no longer able to maintain the necessary exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen.
- coughing, with or without mucus;
- chest pain;
- chest tightness;
- shortness of breath;
- having trouble catching your breath;
- abnormal breathing pattern;
- a very fast heartbeat.
Smoking – don’t start smoking, or quit if you already do. Ask smokers to smoke outdoors. If you live or work with a smoker, avoid secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is particularly bad for babies and young children. In addition, smoking during childhood and teenage years can slow down the lungs’ development and growth.
Air pollution – many studies established that some air pollutants like car exhaust may contribute to COPD, asthma, lung cancer, and other lung diseases.
Medications – some individuals who have radiation therapy for breast or lung cancer show signs of lung damage months or occasionally years after the initial treatment.
Genetics – it can also play a role in an individual’s development of lung disease, even if the patient has never been exposed to strong lung irritants or has never smoked.
Indoor air pollution – inadequate ventilation, toxic products, high temperature and humidity are few of the main causes of indoor air pollution in our homes.
Spiritual causes of lung diseases
The lungs are linked to the way we express our thoughts, feel free to make choices, and live our life as we would like it to be. We constantly make a choice of how much life we take in through every breath we take. Moreover, breathing problems are a reflection of an individual’s beliefs about their worthiness to receive the nourishment that gives life.
Due to the fact that our breath is also the only physical function that we have complete and conscious control over, when we start to breathe deeply and consciously, we nourish our body profoundly. Those who cannot breath deeply cannot live fully.
Additionally, the lungs make up a huge part of the Anahata chakra. When this chakra is blocked, you will face health issues such as high blood pressure, breathing difficulties, lung diseases, or breast cancer. When our Anahata chakra is clear, open fully and balanced, we can experience compassion, love, acceptance, and fulfillment. Also, our respiratory and heart system are healthy and strong, and we feel joyful and calm.
Don’t smoke – the best (and simple) way to keep lung disease away is to not smoke. Tobacco damages your lung’s capacity to fight off infection and smokers have been found to be at higher risk of getting pneumonia.
Diet – people with lung disease usually lack important nutrients such as – vitamins A, B3, C, and E, magnesium, calcium, potassium, selenium, and zinc. This may contribute to poor lung function. Therefore, eating lots of fruits, legumes, vegetables, and whole grains is recommended to get the nutrients you need.
Environment – keep your house clean, especially from mold or mildew.
Physical exercise – swimming, walking, or just leading a more active life will help keep your lungs healthy. Doing physical exercise means we are stretching our lungs. When we are inactive and sedentary, the bottom section of our lungs is not being used.
Deep breathing exercises – according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, individuals with lung problems who practice deep breathing exercises experience greater improvements in exercise capacity than those who do not.
I have the capacity to take in the fullness of life.
I breathe deeply and every breath energizes me.
I lovingly live life to the full.
I am able to metabolize, process, and release all emotions.
I am whole, healed, and healthy.