Lung System Health Concerns: Bronchitis, flu, viral infections, pneumonia, mesothelioma, COPD, lung cancer, emphysema, asthma, viruses.
The lungs are one of the largest organs in the body and one of the most vital organs.
Your body needs an optimal level of oxygen to operate efficiently; anything less than 94% burdens the body and complicates other organs. The average lung capacity is 6 liters of air. Athletes, such as an Olympic swimmer, can have twice the capacity at 12 liters. According to the American Lung Association, adults typically take 15 to 20 breaths a minute, and about 20,000 breaths a day.
The environment and unhealthy habits like poor diet and smoking clog the breathing process with external substances that don’t belong there. The American Cancer Society estimates 135,720 will die from lung cancer in 2020; most all from smoking including second hand smoke with 228,820 more new cases in 2020. In fact, lung cancer is 25% of all deaths from cancer!
Each year, more people die from lung cancer than those that die from colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Lung cancer occurs in older people generally over 60, after years of abusing their lungs with smoking or living in a hostile environment. Just think, if one had protected their lungs earlier in life, they could be having a better quality of life today. Impaired lungs are like suffocating. Stop smoking!
Another 15 million people have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), a debilitating disease that restricts your breathing. The CDC says that 9 million adults a year are diagnosed with chronic bronchitis and 3.8 million with emphysema. There are more than 923,000 visits to the emergency departments in addition to the 5.7 million doctor office visits. These diseases are the fourth leading cause of death in the USA resulting in 149,050 deaths. Many of these can be prevented or treated – take the prevention route.
Important Nutrients – Quercetin, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, MSM, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, vitamin D3,
Food Sources – Citrus fruits, water, fatty fish such as salmon, beans, berries, poultry, walnuts, ginger, garlic, eggs, kale, pears, papaya, strawberries, kiwi, banana, grapefruit, cheese, blueberries, walnuts, flaxseeds, pineapple, and whey protein.
Herb Sources – Echinacea, elderberry, garlic, Asian ginseng, peppermint, astragalus,
eucalyptus, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper, and turmeric.
Avoid – Smoking, wood burning fireplaces, avoid indoor and outdoor pollution, avoid irritating
fumes and dust, acidic foods, dairy products especially milk, excessive salt and sugar,
asbestos, cured meats with nitrates and nitrites, allergic foods, alcohol, and processed meats,
Tips – replace air filters on a timely basis, frequently wash your hands especially during covid, exercise regularly, test your home for radon, take a 30-60 minute daily walk, and keep a clean house for your sake.
Popular Supplements for Respiratory/Lung Health:
Vitamin C – major antioxidant to enhance the immune system.
• Doctor’s Best, Sustained Vitamin C, 500mg, 60 capsules, 2/day
Vitamin E – anti-oxidant that helps fight damage to the skin.
• Vitacost, Vitamin E, 400iu, Natural E, 100 capsules, 1/day
Garlic – Used to promote a healthy heart and cardiovascular system with strong anti-oxidant activity.
• Kyolic, Aged Garlic Extract, Formula 100, 600mg, 100 capsules, 2/day
• Kyolic, Aged Garlic Extract, Formula 100, 600mg, 200 capsules, 2/day
Echinacea & Elderberry – provides support for the immune system general health during cold season.
• Solaray, Echinacea & Elderberry, 440mg, 100 capsules, 3-6/day
Coenzyme Q10 – improves blood circulation.
• Vitacost, CoQ10, Ubiquinone, 100mg, 120 capsules, 1/day
Quercetin w/Bromelain – Supports Healthy Seasonal Immune Function.
• NOW, Quercetin with Bromelain, 800mg/165mg, 120 capsules, 2/day
Cautions – Dosages should be taken as instructed on the bottle(s). Excessive consumption of some supplements can result in complications. If you have any medical conditions check with a doctor before using supplements.
If you are pregnant or lactating, please read the warning labels on the products and consult with your physician before consuming.
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