COPD i.e., Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a progressive malady of the lungs in which the airways become narrower over time. This leads to increasing difficulty in breathing as the airflow to and from the lungs get restricted. COPD is considered to be the sixth biggest contributor to fatalities across the globe.
COPD is caused by noxious particles or gas which causes abnormal inflammation in the lungs. This is an irreversible condition and gets worsened with time. There are natural ways of restricting and preventing this condition from developing:
Best Natural Cures For COPD
The risk of COPD is high for people working in coal mines, gold mines and cotton mills as they are continuously exposed to high levels of air pollutants. People working in these industries should always protect themselves with face masks.
Quit Smoking Now
Smoking is one of the biggest contributors to this disease. A single cigarette contains over 4000 harmful chemicals which directly affect the functioning of our lungs and heart and numerous other organs.
It reduces the capacity of our blood to carry oxygen & clogs the air passages in our lungs and it is estimated that over 70% of all COPD are due to smoking.
People living in bigger cities are more susceptible to COPD as they are exposed to high levels of pollution in the air as compared to people living in rural areas. High levels of Sulphur Dioxide in the city air causes slow growth of the lungs. Please do your part in reducing air pollution.
Switch To Better Cooking Fuels
One of the main causes of COPD in women is the indoor air pollution caused by smoke produced from burning low grade fuels such as cow dung and wood for cooking. Switch to low smoke producing fuels like LPG or try and shift the cooking into an open area.
Regular Pranayama and Yoga helps in increasing lung capacity. Pranayama practiced over time, also helps in clearing the air passage and increases the flow of blood to the different organs.
A healthy diet of green leafy vegetables with a balance of proteins and carbohydrates strengthens the body’s immune system. This reduces the risk of contracting infections which might lead to lung congestion.
Long-Pepper or Pippali mixed with milk if taken over a period of 20 days helps in reducing the damage to the lungs by repairing the mucous membrane which lines the respiratory tract.
Avoid sugar and other processed food like white rice, flour, noodles, pastries, etc as these are the main cause of obesity. These foods also increase the triglyceride levels and reduce the HDL (good cholesterol) levels in the blood making a person more susceptible to bronchial attacks.
Obesity diminishes the capacity of the lungs and increases the load on the heart which leads to reduced supply of blood and oxygen to the vital organs. The reduced capacity of the lungs can transform to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Aerobic exercises if done correctly helps in strengthening the lungs and restricts the damage caused by COPD.