How easily can your cold turn into chronic bronchitis?
You’ve surely met a lot of people who can barely recover from a cold. A common cold in itself may be harmless. But tables can turn when your cold turns into bronchitis.
So how can this affect you?
Bronchitis is the inflammation of the airways, usually due to the cold air or foreign particles inhaled. Symptoms include…
- coughing up mucus
- shortness of breath
- chest congestion
Those who are most prone to developing bronchitis are the smokers and those who live in polluted areas.
If you want to protect yourself from the disease, then try the following recommendations:
- If that’s the case, try to limit the number of cigarettes you smoke on a daily basis.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks, which dehydrate your body and make the mucus tougher to dislodge.
- Avoid any milk products. They contain lactalbumin, which stimulates the production of mucus in the upper and lower respiratory tract and the intestines.
If you’ve developed acute (that last one or two weeks) or chronic (that lasts for more than two months) bronchitis, here is what you should be doing next:
- Drink plenty of fluids, which will hydrate the inflamed area.
- Consume mullein tea. Because contains saponins, which help loosen phlegm, along with gelatinous mucilage that soothes raw mucous membranes. It is a traditional folk remedy for respiratory ailments. It offers another way to remove mucus from your lungs.
- Avoid cayenne pepper, garlic or other foods that might irritate you.
- Aromatherapy will help soothe the irritated lungs and help regulate the breathing. Add a few drops of eucalyptus or pine oil to a bowl of mildly hot water and keep it near you.
- Purify your body of toxins. Pour steaming hot water into a bowl and lean over it, draping a towel over your head. Inhaling the steam will help loosen the secretions in your lungs.
- You can also use warm compresses or hot showers can also remove mucus and help steady breathing.
- Run a humidifier in your bedroom when you’re sleeping to moisten the air you breathe.
- Take a walk as often as you can, but make sure you keep up the pace. This will improve your lung capacity, without stressing the body.
- Breathing exercises are also helpful. Inhale deeply for four seconds, hold it in, and then exhale slowly for another four seconds.
- Supplement your diet with Echinacea or Astragalus. They are herbs that strengthen the immune system and help you fight off bacteria and viruses. Take 500 milligrams of either herb four times a day for acute bronchitis or twice daily for chronic bronchitis.
- You can also use Arcozon, which contains four herbs that prevent or treat bronchial infections. Take one teaspoon or four capsules four times daily for short-lived bronchitis or twice daily for chronic bronchitis.
Try any of these suggestions, but don’t overwhelm your body. You know for yourself when enough is enough.
To your health!