Healthy adults take approximately 12-16 breaths per minute while newborns take 40 on average, a direct correlation of the size of the lungs. Whereas daily breathing keeps our bodies functioning properly, deep, conscious breathing, relaxes muscles, lowers blood pressure and quiets the brain which relieves stress.
A healthy respiratory system is supported by strong bones and muscles primarily in the chest area and spine. As we age, bones and muscles in and around the lungs become weaker making breathing more difficult leading to restricted airways, shortness of breath and fatigue. Additionally these changes decrease the amount of oxygen in the blood leading to a weaker immune system and susceptibility to respiratory illnesses and other diseases.
Respiratory illnesses are not limited to older individuals. Several factors contribute to respiratory complications including the environment (pollution, toxins, allergens), harmful lifestyles (smoking, inhaling toxic gases, poor diet, lack of exercise) and genetics. Upper respiratory disorders include the common cold, sinusitis, influenza (flu), croup and whooping cough while lower respiratory disorders range from asthma to bronchitis, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, tuberculosis, COPD and a host of other lung diseases.
Mushrooms and Respiratory health
Mushrooms help in preventing and managing respiratory illnesses. Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum), for instance, is a well-known medicinal mushroom recognized for its many health benefits including its positive impact on the upper respiratory tract. Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is a polypore mushroom that grows on dead or dying deciduous trees in North/South America and Asia. It has been a part of Oriental culture for thousands of years revered for its antiaging and energizing effects.
Reishi helps with respiratory ailments by increasing the oxygen absorbing capacity of the alveoli (air sacs in the lungs where gas exchange occurs) which in turn boosts stamina. Patients suffering from chronic bronchitis benefit from Reishi extracts that effectively reduces the activity of the parasympathetic nerves responsible for the incessant coughing. Reishi appears to have antiviral properties as demonstrated in research determining the effects of this fungus on the influenza A virus. Reishi boosts the immune system, acts as an energizer and due to its high levels of lanostan, is also a natural antihistamine.
Reishi is not consumed raw but rather ingested in tea form, as a tincture or in capsules. Capsules are most used form. Combination of different mushrooms (Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps) gets the best results and benefits for a healthier respiratory system. Both Reishi and Chaga can still be found in the wild; Reishi growing on oak, maple and elm, Chaga on birch, and can be made into a tea relatively easily. Both are a little bitter so adding maple syrup or honey will adjust the flavor.
Respiratory health is directly connected to our general well-being. Developing good habits such as eating wholesome foods, staying active, getting plenty of sleep and relaxing the mind all contribute to boosting the immune system and overall health.
Taking long, deep breaths at various times of the day will calm the mind, relieve stress and restore a sound body!
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