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Celebrities or Fighters? – Lung Disorders That Brought The Best!

According to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the deaths due to lung diseases in India were on the rise accounting for 11 per cent of the total deaths. As many as 142.09 in every one lakh, died of one form of lung disease or the other giving India the dubious distinction of ranking first in lung disease deaths in the world.

 

Yuvraj Singh: Stage 1 Cancer

While playing the World Cup in 2011, in which he won the Player of the Tournament award, Yuvraj had bouts of blood vomiting, nausea and breathing issues. After the tournament, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left lung (stage 1) and underwent chemotherapy in the USA. In March 2012, he returned to India and was even part of the 2012 T20 World Cup after recovery.

 

Girl behind “The Sky is Pink” – Anisha Chowdary

Meet Aisha Chaudhary, the girl who inspired Priyanka Chopra’s The Sky Is Pink. Aisha Chaudhary was an extraordinary girl whose gentle delivery of life learnings was punctuated only by her fiery spirit and wicked sense of humour. Here’s why you need to hear her story.

She fought through as she developed pulmonary fibrosis, a hardening of the lungs, as a result of the chemotherapy that followed.

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

In her last year, Aisha trained daily to speak publicly without her oxygen vest, proving her strength to the world and herself. “For her, that was like climbing Mount Everest,”

 

Pulmonary Disease

Respiratory diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), pneumonia, tuberculosis (TB) are emerging as major health problems in the region.

According to studies, pulmonary fibrosis comprises 15 per cent of the pulmonary physician’s practice.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has estimated the incidence of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) as 5 per cent in Indian men.

The same goes with other countries as cigarette smoking is the cause of death for one in every five people Trusted Source in the United States.

Every day, our lungs get exposed to killer pollutants, harmful chemicals, microbes, dust, pollen, allergens, primary and secondary smoke, particulate matter, vehicular emissions, smog and heavy metals.

Over time, layers after layers of these toxic substances get deposited into our lung tissues resulting in a process called bio-magnification. For example, in case of smokers, healthy pink lungs turn black with the deposition of tar in the lungs. Even synthetic deodorants, perfumes and room fresheners can contain chemicals that harm our lungs.

 

Lung health is vital for a person’s overall health.

Despite the natural synthesis of self-cleaning organs that will begin to heal themselves once their exposure to pollutants stops, for example, when someone quits smoking.

After the lungs have had exposure to pollution, such as cigarette smoke, a person’s chest may feel full, congested, or inflamed. Mucus gathers in the lungs to catch microbes and pathogens, which contributes to this feeling of heaviness.

People may be able to use specific techniques to help clear the lungs of mucus and irritants to relieve chest congestion and other uncomfortable symptoms.

Some of these methods may also open up the airways, improve lung capacity, and reduce inflammation, which can help reduce the effects of pollution and smoke in the lungs.

Cleanse the lungs

Remove congestion

Heal lung tissues

Ways to clear the lungs

Tune in, below we look at breathing exercises and lifestyle changes that can help remove excess mucus from the lungs and improve breathing.

 

  1. Steam therapy

Steam therapy, or steam inhalation, involves inhaling water vapor to open the airways and help the lungs drain mucus.

People with lung conditions may notice their symptoms worsening in cold or dry air. This climate can dry out the mucous membranes in the airways and restrict blood flow.

Conversely, steam adds warmth and moisture to the air, which may improve breathing and help loosen mucus inside the airways and lungs. Inhaling water vapor can provide immediate relief and help people breathe more easily.

A small study involving 16 males with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung condition that makes it harder to breathe, found that steam mask therapy led to significantly lower heart rates and respiratory rates than non-steam mask therapy.

2. Controlled coughing

Coughing is the body’s way of naturally expelling toxins that it has trapped in mucus. Controlled coughing loosens excess mucus in the lungs, sending it up through the airways.

Doctors recommend that people with COPD perform this exercise to help clear their lungs.

People can follow the steps below to cleanse their lungs of excess mucus:

  • Sit down on a chair with the shoulders relaxed, keeping both feet flat on the floor
  • Fold the arms over the stomach
  • Slowly inhale through the nose
  • Slowly exhale while leaning forward, pushing the arms against the stomach
  • Cough 2 or 3 times while exhaling, keeping the mouth slightly open
  • Slowly inhale through the nose
  • Rest and repeat as necessary

 

3.  Drain mucus from the lungs

Postural drainage involves lying in different positions to use gravity to remove mucus from the lungs. This practice may improve breathing and help treat or prevent lung infections.

Postural drainage techniques differ depending on the position:

  1. On your back
  • Lie down on the floor or a bed.
  • Place pillows under the hips to ensure that the chest is lower than the hips.
  • Slowly inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Each exhale should take twice as long as the inhale, which is called 1:2 breathing.
  • Continue for a few minutes.

 

  1. On your side
  • Lie on one side, resting the head on an arm or pillow.
  • Place pillows under the hips.
  • Practice the 1:2 breathing pattern.
  • Continue for a few minutes.
  • Repeat on the other side.

 

  1. On your stomach
  • Place a stack of pillows on the floor.
  • Lie down with the stomach over the pillows. Remember to keep the hips above the chest.
  • Fold the arms under the head for support.
  • Practice the 1:2 breathing pattern.
  • Continue for a few minutes.
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