Diwali is over, but not just yet. We all enjoyed with the crackers in the air, we don’t think our lungs did though. Pollutants of several types can contribute to air pollution that we end up breathing. Pollen, pollutants, and passive smoking may all become suspended in the air and infiltrate our lungs, especially around Diwali. Although our airways are primarily self-cleaning systems, there are certain measures you can do to help them perform at their best.
A lung detox may be beneficial for those who have a medical condition that causes respiratory issues, such as asthma or cystic fibrosis. A lung cleansing may also be beneficial if you are a chain smoker or need to take certain inhalation drugs.
Diaphragmatic Breathing (Belly Breathing)
Deep breathing uses the diaphragm to enhance lung function. Breathing via the nose helps to strengthen the diaphragm and stimulates the nerves and muscles to relax and heal themselves.
When recuperating from a respiratory infection such as COVID-19, it is critical not to haste. This deep breathing practice is divided into sections to cater for individual abilities. Begin with baby steps and only increase repetitions or go to the next stage when you can perform the workout without becoming breathless.
Steam treatment, also known as steam breathing, involves breathing water vapor to expand the airways and aid in the drainage of mucus from the lungs. People who have lung diseases may discover that their ailments intensify in cold or dry air. This environment can cause mucous membranes in the lungs to dry up and limit blood flow.
Steam, on the other hand, provides warmth and humidity to the air, which may enhance ventilation and aid in the loosening of mucus in the airways and lungs. Inhaling water vapor might give instant comfort and make breathing easier.
Pursed Lip Breathing
This technique minimizes the number of gasps you take while also keeping your airways open for a longer period of time. More air can flow into and out of your lungs, allowing you to be more active and fit. To practise, just breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth for at least twice as long, with pursed lips.
Humming while exhaling aids in the generation of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide promotes neuronal plasticity (the formation and repair of the nervous system) and dilates blood vessels, allowing more oxygen to be transported throughout the body. Humming is also peaceful and comforting; it relieves tension and can assist the patient in staying in a healing state.