Did you know that the respiratory system is responsible for oxygenating the blood in our body and makes sure that all of our vital body organs receive the oxygen they need to function?

As many of you probably know there are many different upper respiratory infections that you can get especially during the colder months such as pneumonia, the flu, and bronchitis. It’s important to take great care of our respiratory systems to prevent this from occurring which you will learn about this week.

When you think about the respiratory system, chances are your lungs come to mind. That’s because the lungs are the primary organs of the respiratory system and they carry out the exchange of gases as we breathe.

As you can imagine, it’s critical that we keep the respiratory system healthy so here are some tips to keep this body system in top shape:

Tip #1: Try Herbs Comfrey leaves, Mullein, Chickweed, Marshmallow root & Lobelia

This combination of herbs in tea form or the powder in capsules or tablets is an aid to relieve irritation in the respiratory tract, lungs and bronchials. This is an aid in emphysema as well as other bronchial and lung congestions such as bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis, etc. This formula is extremely valuable in strengthening and healing the entire respiratory tract. It promotes the discharge of mucus secretions from the broncho pulmonary passages

Tip #2: Try Yoga   

Yoga is excellent for overall health but is particularly helpful for the respiratory system as it helps us focus on our breathing. Try practicing yoga a couple of times per week to boost your respiratory system.

Tip #3: Boost Your Fruit & Vegetable Intake              

Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants which can help protect the respiratory system from bacteria and other infections. Try adding a vegetable to each of your meals and snack on some low-sugar fruits such as berries when hungry.

For this week’s challenge, I challenge you to add the following foods or practices to your routine to boost the health of your respiratory system:

  • Enjoy antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, dark leafy greens, and Omega-3 fatty acids such as wild-caught salmon
  • Try yoga a few times per week
  • Get some cardiovascular activity into your weekly fitness routine
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid second-hand smoke exposure
  • Limit your exposure to allergens as much as possible
  • Stay hydrated
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