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Take a breath!No I mean take a deep breath through your nose. Hold it...5...4...3...2...1...and breath out through your nose.

How do you feel? Relaxed? Definitely. This is your respiratory system keeping you alive. Do you know you have just triggered your body to produce nitric oxide and that has triggered a cascade effect on your body to open your arteries and allow more oxygen through your body. Lets look at how amazing this system is:

The respiratory system is made up of several organs and structures, including the lungs, windpipe, diaphragm and alveoli. It is responsible for taking in oxygen and expelling carbon-dioxide waste.

1. A person usually breathes an average of 13 pints of air every minute.

2. Lungs aren’t the same size. To accommodate the heart, the right lung is larger than the left lung — for humans, that is.

3. Lungs float on water. It’s not something most people are aware of but, actually, the lungs are the only organs in the human body that are capable of floating on water.

4. Lungs and tennis courts can be the same size. What do lungs and a tennis court have in common? Their size! It seems pretty impossible, but if the lungs were opened flat they would be so big that they would cover the size of a tennis court!

5. Oxygen only plays a small part in breathing. The air we breathe contains 21 percent oxygen, but our bodies only use 5 percent — the rest is exhaled.

6. Seventy percent of waste is eliminated through your lungs just by simply breathing.

7. Children and women have a higher breathing rate than men.

8. Humans exhale up to 17.5 milliliters of water per hour.

There are numerous diseases that can affect the lungs, ranging from infectious to inflammatory, obstructive, and neoplastic conditions. Here are some common lung diseases:

  1. Infectious Diseases:

  • Pneumonia: Inflammation of the lung tissue usually caused by bacterial, viral, or fungal infections.

  • Bronchitis: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes, often resulting from a respiratory infection.

  • Tuberculosis (TB): A bacterial infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis that primarily affects the lungs.

  1. Obstructive Lung Diseases:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): A group of progressive lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, characterized by airflow obstruction.

  • Asthma: Chronic inflammation of the airways that can cause episodes of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

  1. Interstitial Lung Diseases:

  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF): A progressive scarring of lung tissue with an unknown cause.

  • Sarcoidosis: An inflammatory disease that can affect multiple organs, including the lungs.

  1. Pulmonary Vascular Diseases:

  • Pulmonary Hypertension: Increased blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries, making it harder for the heart to pump blood through the lungs.

  1. Neoplastic (Cancerous) Diseases:

  • Lung Cancer: Malignant tumors that originate in the lungs. There are two main types: non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC).

  1. Autoimmune Diseases:

  • Rheumatoid Lung Disease: Inflammation and scarring of the lungs associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): An autoimmune disease that can affect various organs, including the lungs.

  1. Occupational Lung Diseases:

  • Asbestosis: Lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers.

  • Silicosis: Lung disease caused by inhaling silica dust.

  1. Cystic Fibrosis: A genetic disorder that leads to the production of thick and sticky mucus, affecting the respiratory and digestive systems.

  2. Pleural Diseases:

  • Pleural Effusion: Accumulation of fluid in the pleural space around the lungs.

  • Pleural Mesothelioma: Cancer of the pleura, often associated with asbestos exposure.

It's important to note that some lung diseases may overlap or coexist, and each individual's condition can vary.

So are these organs important? Try to not breathe for a while. Your body will show you just how important these little guys are!

So are there natural medications that can assist the lungs? Absolutely yes!! We saw this during Covid. So let's look at some of the products we at Health Basket can help you with:

Essential Health Healthy Lungs:

DNA Pulmo-fast:

Essential Health Inflammation Ease:

DNA Gravi-C

NOW Foods NAC:

Essential Health Glutathione Enhancer:

Solgar Quercetin:

Then on top of these amazing lung related supplements you also have your original besties such as Vitamin C, Elderberry, Echinacea, Zinc etc

So pop in to see us at Health Basket at Shop 12 Willowbridge Mall, Tygervalley or click on any of the above and check out our online store.

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