By now we all know that the new COVID-19 virus has symptoms similar to that of normal flu, which can become more serious. A new coronavirus attacks your lungs and thickens mucus, making breathing difficult.
This fact makes everyone care about their lung health. People are looking for ways to improve their immunity and keep their lungs healthy in order to save themselves from the deadly virus. After all, healthy lungs are a defense mechanism of our immune system.
Luke Coutinho is a Holistic Lifestyle Coach, talks about the five simple ways to maintain the health of your lungs.
Why our body needs mucus?
Our body needs mucus because it acts as a defense mechanism. When we breathe some bacteria or virus, mucus is retained in the lungs, which prevents it further from going into our body. This mucus is later eliminated by sneezing, coughing or runny nose. The problem is when too much mucus builds up in your lungs. People with COPD, asthma, bronchitis have more mucus in their lungs.
To keep our lungs healthy in the fight against germs, our body must be able to break down mucus quickly. Here’s what you can do
Methi dana (fenugreek seeds)
Take a tablespoon of methi seeds and boil them in water for 4-5 minutes, strain and drink warm. You can drink one or two cups a day. It breaks down mucus, which your body later expels.
Exposed mucus makes your body a breeding ground for germs, pathogens, bacteria or viruses. Breaking mucus as fast as possible is the best way to maintain lung health.
Pranayama and exercise
Deep breathing helps us in the same way by breaking down mucus and expelling it from the body. Exercise makes us breathe harder; the harder you breathe, the more the mucus breaks down.
Gargle with Salt-water
Boil some water with salt in it. Now allow it to cool to lukewarm, then gargle with it. This easy remedy also helps to break down mucus.
If you have a steamer at your home, use that or you can simply boil the water in a large bowl and cover your head with a towel and take steam from that. Hot air from the water helps to expel extra mucus and thus keep your lungs healthy.