Are you a shallow breather - Detox with your LUNGS

by Denise Temple

Week 5 of series:

The lungs are tasked with a daunting job: ridding the body of all the pollutants that we inhale every time we take a breath. If your lungs are overworked or damaged by smoking, illness, allergies, or just being around air pollution in the environment, you can take specific steps to cleanse your lungs. Keeping your lungs clean, clear, and healthy will give you a greater connection to your vital life force.

When you exercise hard and breathe heavily, it helps increase your lung capacity and strengthens your entire cardiovascular system — the lungs, heart, and blood vessels. Conversely, scientists have irrefutable evidence that physical inactivity weakens your whole body and leads to illness. Likewise, we know that staying in good physical shape helps prevent many chronic conditions, like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. If you go for even a light jog, you push breath to your lungs and get your blood flowing. For people who have just quit smoking, this helps the lung healing process. If you live in an area with heavy pollen or suffer from allergies, you may want to jog indoors on a treadmill.


Ease the heavy load on your lungs with these tips:

  • Invest in an air filter: While we might not be able to control the air outside of our home, you can turn your home into a clean-air safe haven with an air filter. A high-quality air filter will remove many of the air pollutants that may enter the home, reducing the work your lungs have to do.
  • Exercise in clean air: If you choose to exercise outside, try to do it somewhere with good air quality, like a forest or a park full of trees. When we exercise, we’re often taking in big, gulping breaths of air (and toxins) that we hold inside. Changing your exercise spot to a place with cleaner air will minimize the toxins you breathe in during a particularly tough bout of cardio.
  • Breathe out: The lung has a simple–and very effective–way of getting rid of toxins: breathing out! We can support this process by taking time every day to engage in deep breathing. Set aside a few minutes to try four square breathing, a relaxing deep-breathing pattern: Simply inhale for four counts, hold for four counts, exhale for four counts, hold for four counts, and repeat. Do this in clean air for added benefits!

The number one way to improve lung health is to reduce the number of toxins you’re inhaling. For smokers, this means it’s time to quit smoking. People who recently quit smoking, current smokers, people regularly exposed to smoke, individuals with lung ailments, or people exposed to air pollutants can all benefit from a lung cleanse. You can cleanse your lungs by engaging in deep breathing exercises, cardiovascular exercise, using tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint, or oregano essential oils alone, in a diffuser. You can also eat lung-cleansing foods such as cruciferous vegetable and high-antioxidant berries. Clean your home often. Vacuum regularly and use non-toxic cleaning products. Invest in an air purifier, and get some house plants to help naturally cleanse the air in your home.

When we work on these goals of keeping our lungs healthy and strong, they can keep us healthy and strong. Remember, we eliminate 70% of our body’s toxins via the lungs. The body converts toxins into gases for the lungs to eliminate out of the body. Healthy lungs = healthy YOU!

Curious what condition your lungs and other body organs are in...set up a remote session with Denise Temple. She will assist you in the process called Nutritional Dry Blood Cell Analysis. A few drops of blood on a microscope slide viewed under her high powered microscope will give you a ‘clear’ picture of what is happening inside your body, on a cellular level.


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