In the recent time, COVID-19 has pushed us to a limit where we are compelled to find ways to ensure we don’t fall short of breathing. Most important is to get ready for any type of disease earlier and to strengthen the immune system in such a way that the Antibodies of our body can fight…
As tho’ to breathe were life! – Alfred Tennyson
Exactly. breathing is life and life is to breathe. Falling short of breath can lead to very uncomfortable condition and can also lead to take in oxygen to fulfill body’s need. It is evident that when body is not supplied with enough air, a mild breathing problem arises. Shortness of breath or extreme respiratory trouble can also be sign of serious under lying diseases. One might experience very tight chest. There are many diseases which can lead to a short of breath; like lung problems – Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Pneumonia; Anxiety or Panic Attacks and Allergies.
Numerous medications and tests are there to diagnose and treat breathing problems. The medical fraternity is always trying their level best to provide us the best possible cure. However, it has been found that in many cases the respiratory troubles or short of breathing is caused due to unhealthy lifestyle. Various home remedies like Breathing exercises like Pursed-Lip Breathing, Deep breathing, Inhaling Steam can give momentary relief. Besides this it is immensely important to ensure that body is equipped to inhale required oxygen from air without any additional support system or treatment. There are few well known pragmatic ways to strengthen the respiratory system. They will improve our lung capacity and will keep us away from respiratory troubles at the long run.
In the recent time, COVID-19 has pushed us to a limit where we are compelled to find ways to ensure we don’t fall short of breathing. Most important is to get ready for any type of disease earlier and to strengthen the immune system in such a way that the Antibodies of our body can fight and win over the Antigens (the foreign protein of virus or bacteria). At this point of time, it is evident that COVID-19 belongs to the Corona Virus family and like other viruses of the family SARS and MERS, COVID-19 causes the common cold and flu and which can lead to Acute Respiratory Syndrome and may eventually end the life in many cases. It is better to find methods to protect body from respiratory issues and at the same time to strengthen the respiratory system.
Today I’m highlighting few beverages which can simply help to do so. However, a broad view of beverages can be any consumable liquid like Tea, Coffee, Infusion or Plant Decoction, Milk, Juice, usually excluding Water. Following Beverages can help you to prevent respiratory troubles. It is needless to say; please do not consider it as a cure.
Green Tea Studies have shown that consumption of Green Tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and it can reduce the risk of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). Loaded with antioxidants named Polyphenols, Green Tea may help to decrease the inflammation in the lungs too.
Tulsi Tea Tulsi Tea serves the purpose from ancient times. This not only does cure dry cough, but also Tea made with Tulsi may give relief during allergic bronchitis, asthma and other lung diseases. It is believed that it has immunemodulatory (to enhance immunity) and antitussive (relieves cough) properties that provide relief in the respiratory system.
Cinnamon Tea A key ingredient in the kitchen of every household for its exotic flavor and aroma. From prehistoric time, it is used to treat various ailments for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to cure the ailments of respiratory tract and keeps such troubles away.
Mint Tea Mint is known for its own subtle flavour and aroma. This aroma of fresh mint is very effective in relieving respiratory congestion. It can also help to overcome cough. So it works as a natural decongestant.
Apple Tea Apples are good for health – a well known fact; but ‘Apple Tea’? Doesn’t it sound strange? This beverage has gained popularity for various health benefits. Apple tea contains antioxidants and it helps to boost the immune system and keeps respiratory troubles away.
Ginger Tea Ginger is a universal and effective method to treat common cough and cold. Various researches have revealed that the phytochemical compound Gingerol in Ginger can provide significant relief during respiratory troubles like Asthma.
Licorice Even centuries ago it was used to treat upper respiratory problems. Nowadays the Licorice root is used to shield the respiratory system and soothe the irritated throat. It is advised to chew a twig of licorice or drink a mixture of licorice to get instant relief from a sore throat, cough and other respiratory problems.
Triphala Consists of three most useful medicinal plants, native to India – Haritaki, Bibhitaki, and Amla. Freshly prepared Triphala decoction or beverage may help to protect you from respiratory troubles.
Vasaka A very popular and potent Ayurvedic plant with anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and expectorant properties that can enhance the respiratory system. This plant helps a lot to give a remedy to breathing trouble, cough, and cold, nasal congestion, sore throat, and other upper respiratory tract infections.
Mankind is still finding a cure (Vaccine) against Corona Virus. And we might have to deal with this for a long time. Besides lifestyle changes, physical distancing, maintaining basic hygiene practices, it is important to ensure to increase the oxygen circulation in the body. Above beverages help to do so.