Relieve & Breathe
The Respiratory System:
- The Respiratory System:
The lungs and respiratory system allow oxygen in the air to be taken into the body, while also enabling the body to get rid of carbon dioxide in the air breathed out. Respiration is the term for the exchange of oxygen from the environment for carbon dioxide from the body's cells.
The respiratory system consists of:
- Nose and Nasal Cavity.
- Bronchi and Bronchioles.
- Muscles of Respiration.
Mucus and the respiratory system.
- Mucus (myo??ok?Ös) is a slippery aqueous secretion produced by, and covering, mucous membranes. We commonly call it phlegm, snot or sputum.
- Mucus and its function.
- Mucus coats and protects the mucous membranes.
- Healthy production of mucus protects and is part of the defense system for respiritory diseases.
- Mucus engulfs bacteria, viral infections, respiratory irritants and allergens. It acts as an elimination tool for the respirtatory system.
- Mucus is eliminated through the digestive tract and through the nose and mouth (blowing your nose or spitting it out through your mouth).
- The production of mucus is necessary for the respiratory system to function at the healthiest levels.
- Mucus coats and protects the mucous membranes.
- Mucus and its function.
- Too much mucus!!!
- Too much mucus can be a symptom of a cold, flu or other respiratory issues.
- When there are irritants in the air (allergens) our body naturally produces more mucus to aid in the defense against the irritants.
- When it engulfs bacteria or other irritants mucus itself can become infected and turn a greenish color.
- A runny nose, sinus congestion, a cough or lung congestion are symptoms of too much mucus being produced and are typical symptoms of colds, flu's, hayfever, allergies and other respiratory issues.
- People cough when the lining of the windpipe becomes irritated. This often happens when a a person is sick or when the body is fighting off an illness and making lots of mucus or phlegm.
- Too much mucus can also fill and put pressure on the sinus cavities. We oftten refer that to a sinus headache.
Asthma frequently starts up in childhood, and may be caused by outside allergens that can bring on an attack or by internal causes, such as stress. People with asthma often suffer from hypoglycemia, and also may have been weaned too early (usually before the end of the first year) and put on an excessive diet of wheat, diary products and sugar. The child may also have been treated for early illnesses with immunosuppressive treatments (high levels of antibiotics, for example, which scientists have found to be immunosuppressive) which can trigger the onset of asthma. Many baby formulas contain ingredients which may have genetically engineered organisms, and which can cause allergies in children.
For centuries, mullein has been cultivated in Scotland and England as an herb that would help lung problems. The reason mullein is so good is that it contains a good amount of potassium phosphate and calcium phosphate. These two organic salts are essential for rebuilding tissue, the nervous system and bone structure, and in maintaining the body. Mullein is an excellent herb for the respiratory system. It is also very good for glandular problems, digestive and nerve disorders, ear infections. Mullein is an antidote for poisonous plants, pain killer, bleeding bowels, mastitis and many other health problems.
Mullein is one of the best herbs for asthma. As an astringent, it opens air passages, allowing the person to breathe more freely. Mullein is the leading herb in Relieve & Breathe formula. This all natural formula is designed to relieve congestion in the bronchioles and the trachea. The herbs act as a bronchial dilator and help to get rid of phlegm. Some of the herbs are emollient and indirectly soothe and heal the raw irritated mucus membranes.
Following is a list of the herbs contained in this formula:
The difference between a vegan and a plant-based diet
Is a plant-based diet the same thing as a vegan diet? Both meal plans have made headlines for their health benefits in recent years and while they are similar, there are some key differences: Vegan diets eliminate all animal products, while plant-based diets do not necessarily eliminate animal products, but focus on eating mostly plants, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
What is a vegan diet?
“With a vegan diet, you eliminate all animal products, including dairy, meat, poultry, fish, eggs and honey,” says, Dr. Farid Zarif a bariatric medicine nutritionist, founder of Rhythmic Ingestion, author of "Slaves of the Tongue".
Some people choose to follow a vegan diet for ethical, environmental or health reasons. While going vegan can have health benefits, there are some pitfalls to avoid.
“Just because something is vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy,” he says. “If you’re vegan, you can still technically eat vegan cookies, potato chips and other vegan junk food, which can be high in calories and low in nutrients. I recommend sticking to whole foods as much as possible.”
What is a plant-based diet?
Plant-based diets also emphasize eating whole foods, meaning the food has undergone little – if any – processing and is as close to its natural state as possible.
Plant-based foods include:
Whole grains (quinoa, farro, barley, oatmeal)
Plant-based oils (avocado, olive, canola)
What is the right meal plan for you?
“Regardless of what meal plan you choose, everyone’s diet should ideally consist of 50 percent vegetables,” says Dr. Zarif. “Fruit is healthy too, but I like to focus on vegetables because they have less sugar.”
When building your plate, aim for:
50 percent vegetables
25 percent whole grains
25 percent lean protein
“If you are not eating meat or other animal proteins like eggs, try beans or quinoa for plant-based protein,” he says.
Adding healthy fats – such as avocado oil when roasting veggies, a sprinkle of slivered almonds on your oatmeal or sliced avocado on your salad – will help you feel full for longer. And healthy fats have numerous other health benefits.
When to talk to your doctor about your diet
“It’s a good idea to see your primary care doctor to get a basic framework for what a healthy diet should look like for you, particularly if you have an underlying health condition or have had weight loss surgery, which can affect how your body processes nutrients,” says Dr. Zarif. “For example, if you have diabetes and want to eat healthily, be sure to eat small portions, not to exceed 2 servings”.
Also, if you are vegan, vegetarian or don’t eat many animal products, she recommends asking your doctor to check your B vitamin levels.
“B12 deficiency is common in vegans because it’s a nutrient that we need to know more about, along with its varying sources,” he explains. “If you don’t consume many animal products, talk to your doctor about taking a supplement.”
Calcium is another important nutrient that can be hard to get when you don’t eat dairy products. Dr. Zarif recommends eating and drinking calcium-fortified plant-based milk (like almond milk) or other calcium-fortified foods.
“If you’re not getting three servings of calcium-rich foods each day, ask your doctor about adding a supplement,” he says. “Try to get at least some calcium from your diet because taking too many calcium supplements can cause adverse side effects.”
Is a vegan or plant-based diet healthy?
If you eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and whole grains, you should still get a good chunk of your daily vitamins and minerals because plant-based foods are high in many nutrients.
“If you’re going to follow a vegan or plant-based diet, think through it carefully and plan out your meals,” says Dr. Zarif. “You don’t necessarily have to go vegan to be healthy – plant-based is a good option for people who struggle with consistency and planning. If you are going to commit to a vegan diet, make a plan and be consistent about incorporating all the healthy food groups, including plant-based protein, so you don’t miss out on nutrients.”