Lung cleansing techniques can benefit people who get regularly exposed to air pollution, those with chronic conditions which affect the respiratory system like asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis etc. and people who smoke.
Below are some breathing exercises and lifestyle changes which can help get rid of excess mucus from the lungs as well as improve breathing.
Steam inhalation, or steam therapy as it is commonly called, involves inhaling water vapour as a result of which the airways are opened and helps the lungs drain mucus. People who have lung conditions might notice that their symptoms get worse in dry or cold air. This climate may dry out the mucous membranes in the airways as well as obstruct blood flow. On the other hand, steam might add moisture and warmth to the air, which can improve breathing and help make the mucus inside the airways and lungs more fluid. Inhalation of water vapour can provide immediate relief and help people breathe much more quickly. This therapy might be an effective temporary solution, but research is yet to be done to fully understand the advantages of steam therapy on lung health.
Controlled coughing is an effective method of sending mucus through the airways.
Coughing is the natural way that the body uses to expel toxins which have been trapped in mucus. Controlled coughing breaks off sticky mucus in the lungs, sending it up through the airways and out through the mouth. People with COPD are advised to perform this exercise in order to help clear their lungs.
People can follow the following steps to cleanse their lungs of excess mucus:
- Relaxing the shoulders, sit upright in a chair keeping both feet flat on the floor
- Fold the arms over the stomach and slowly inhale through the nose.
- While leaning forward, exhale slowly pushing the arms against the abdomen.
- Cough 2 to 3 times while exhaling, all the while keeping the mouth slightly open.
- Rest and repeat the exercise as many times as necessary.
Regular exercise can help improve the physical and mental health of people and decreases the likelihood of several health conditions, including heart disease and stroke. Exercise makes the muscles work harder, which increases the breathing rate of the person, which in turn results in a greater supply of oxygen to the muscles. It can also improve circulation and help the body more efficiently remove excess carbon dioxide that the body produces during exercise. The body will begin to adapt to meet the demands of regular exercise. The muscles will thus learn to use oxygen much more efficiently and produce less carbon dioxide. Even though exercise may seem more difficult for people with chronic lung conditions, they can also benefit from regular exercise. People with COPD, asthma and cystic fibrosis should consult a healthcare provider before beginning a new exercise regimen.