Respiratory System

Respiratory System

 

General Summary

Take a deep breath in…Now, Exhale.

The simple breath, the breath of life, is an involuntary function we can sometimes take for granted. The respiratory system consists of two acts, inspiration or breathing in, and expiration or breathing out. This is all done with the help of the nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi and lungs. Gas exchange occurs when oxygen is taken in through the capillaries (tiny blood vessels) to the lungs and into the bloodstream. Carbon dioxide is then eliminated from the bloodstream, to the lungs and out of the body through the capillaries, hence the exchange of gases. Oxygen is vital as it alkalizes, energizes and supports the life and quality of our cells.

Although we can breathe in through the mouth, the nose is the most beneficial method for inhalation. The sinuses help to moisten and warm the air taken in and most importantly, acts like a filter as the air passes through the hairs.  In order for this system to be at its best, the airways need to be free from inflammation, mucus and swelling.


General Causes of Imbalance

Smoking, food allergies, maldigestion, malabsorption, stress, low adrenal function, excessive intake of mucus forming foods like sugar and dairy.


Common Respiratory Conditions

Asthma, allergies, hay fever, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, common cold, pneumonia, lung disease, lung cancer


General Recommendations for Respiratory System

 

Supplement

Role

Vitamin A

Protection of respiratory mucus membranes

Vitamin B Complex

Vital for energy production

Vitamin C

Stabilizes the membrane of mast cells, thus rendering it useful in allergies and asthma

FFL Irish Sea Moss & Black Seed oil

Expels mucus from the respiratory tract.

Quercetin

Stabilizes the membrane of mast cells; indicated for prevention and treatment of asthma

Coenzyme Q10

Increases cellular oxygen

Cysteine

Helps break down excess mucus, thus used in respiratory tract conditions

 

General Emotional Causes

Everything that is physical has an energetic counterpart. In other words, for every disease or ailment, there is a long-standing emotion or mental pattern attached to it. Thoughts and emotions have a direct influence on our physical health. Whether it be positive or negative, we can either strengthen or weaken our vital force with the way we think. In this section, we will take a generalized look at the Integumentary system and how its imbalance relates to our emotional health.

Without the breath, life would cease to exist. The funny thing is, we don’t usually acknowledge our breathing until it begins to feel abnormal. Maybe a little cough, excess mucus causing constriction, shortness of breath or even wheezing. All of these symptoms, cause us to feel stifled, limited and even scared, depending on its severity. This act of constriction is related to feeling constricted in your own personal life, being violated with no space to “breathe”. This could be due to, chronic stress, a chaotic environment or even a family crisis. Symptoms of this nature are also related to taking on more than you can handle in life. It’s easy to inhale (take on the task), but nearly impossible to exhale (execute the task) because you are overwhelmed and refuse to admit your limitations. Wanting to seem invincible in others eyes, you may feel like a caged lion who ignores the constraints of the cage for the sake of appearing strong and at ease.

As you breathe in life, you are literally breathing – in - life. Ask yourself, am I able to  live my life with ease? Do I feel like I am under someone else’s control? Am I in an environment where I am supported and can be myself? Do I feel like life is getting the best of me? If so, what am I doing about it? Am I surrounded by chaos, drama and sadness? Do I suppress the tears of my childhood traumas? If so, will I allow myself to heal?

All these questions will help assist you in finding the emotional causation that is triggering your respiratory system. In the meantime, begin to adjust your inner self talk with the following affirmations.

 

Affirmation 

I take charge of my own life, I am free

I lovingly live life to the fullest

I choose to protect my peace

I am healed, whole and worthy of my life.