Natural Cures Not Medicine: 09/24/13

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How to Heal The Lungs Naturally

Our lungs are essential to life, so taking care of them is crucial, especially when bombarded with poor food choices, poor air quality and lack of exercise. The lungs come equipped with their own self-cleaning system (the cilia, which move bad stuff out of alveoli – air sacs – into the trachea), however, this system gets clogged up when making poor lifestyle choices. Constant congestion and coughing are signs that your lungs could use some help.
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If you are ever feeling out of breath, have a consistent cough that won’t go away, spit up mucous or have repeated chest infections, then you may have un-diagnosed lung damage. Starting from the main cause, and healing from that perspective is your best bet in ensuring your lungs heal naturally – below are some of the top tips in healing your lungs!

Eat Lung Healthy Foods
Eating for lung health is one of the main steps to improve the condition of your lungs. Removing highly processed foods, and mucus causing foods (wheat and animal products), as well as refined sugar is the first step. The next step is to bombard your body with food that contains life and vitality!

These foods include things like watercress, apricots, citrus fruits, apples, broccoli and berries, all of which have been shown to improve the health of our lungs. Not only should you be consuming a large variety of fruit and vegetables, but you should also aim for drinking 3-4L of water, DAILY. Flushing out our system with plenty of fluids will dislodge chemicals from our cells, and help our cilia in becoming more fluid and helping them with getting rid of debris inside the lungs.

Get Moving
Exercise is incredibly important to keep your lungs strong and healthy (or to repair them from damage done by asthma or smoking for example). Exercise helps loosen mucus build-up, and aids cilia in pushing mucus up and out of the lungs.

When you exercise, your muscles need to work harder and thus every cell in your body uses more oxygen and produces more carbon dioxide. In order to compensate for this demand, your lungs need to work harder, and thus breathing increases from around 15 times a minute (resting state) to 40-60 times a minute (exercise state).

Exercise will help increase your lung capacity too – but so will breathing exercises. Combining exercise and breathing exercises together will help ensure your lungs remain in good health.

Avoiding things like cigarettes (whether smoking them, or being around the smoke itself), heavily air polluted areas, chemical products, and checking your basement for radon poisoning are essential.

As we are all aware, cigarette smoke is incredibly damaging to the lungs – it damage your lungs’ natural cleaning and repair system and traps chemicals that cause cancer in the alveoli and bronchioles. It also permanently damages your alveoli, making it very hard to breathe.

Not only does cigarette smoke affect the lungs, but air pollution and chemical products (like paint, cleaners, fragrances, etc.) are toxic to our body’s natural system. All of these products slowly destroy the tiny hairs (cilia) which line your respiratory tract and which naturally aid in the pushing of debris out of the lungs. Damaging this repair system means that all the dirt, germs and chemicals stay inside your lungs, putting you at risk for developing chest infections, lung cancers and chronic cough.

Checking your basement for radon poisoning is also important. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in the ground. It can leak into your house through cracks in the foundation of walls, especially of those buried in the ground (like the basement). In fact, radon is the main cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and the second leading cause of disease after smoking.


Study: Drinking Wine Can Naturally Prevent Depression

A new Spanish study published in BMC medicine says a little wine can go a long way. Knowing that depression is the most prominent mental disorder in the world and has been related to alcohol intake the authors set out to prospectively assess the association between alcohol intake and incident depression. Their results showed a fine line between serenity and despair.

In the same way that moderate amounts of wine may help to ward off heart disease, it can also help to ward off depression.

The PREDIMED Group followed 5,505 high risk men and women, ages 55-80 years old, for an extensive trial period of 7 years. Participants had to have been free of depression or a history of depression and could not have any alcohol related problems.

The results indicated that those with a moderate alcohol intake, within the range of two to seven glasses of wine per week, were significantly less likely to suffer from depression compared to non-drinkers. Their conclusion was that moderate consumption of wine may help to reduce the incidence of depression while heavy drinkers seem to show a higher risk.

As no other studies have been done other than a recent study at the University of Navarra, that examine the relationship between specific alcoholic beverages and incident depression, the results will require further analysis to assess and fortify the findings.

According to WebMD’s interview with Eva Redei, a distinguished professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, in Chicago, “Considering the increase of major depression in the age group examined in this study, the finding of protective effects of moderate alcohol consumption is intriguing,” she said.

However, it raises more questions than answers. “Is moderate wine consumption related to increased socialization, decreased cardiovascular events, or as it seems, increased activity? These questions are not answered by this study, but the findings are definitely worth noticing,” Redei said.

“Is it possible that ‘in vino veritas’ [in wine there's truth] reflects a bigger truth?” she asked.

We’d like to hear from our readers here at Natural Cures Not Medicine, how about you let us know in the comments below, if you personally find that moderate amounts of wine tend to help or hinder your personal path to enlightenment. Do you agree that it could be due to increased socialization?

Source: Matt Agorist,

This is why you should avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners


Cancer researcher Ty Bollinger talks about the dangers of sugar when it comes to cancer. He also discusses the role sure plays in overall health. Artificial sweeteners aren't any better. Ty talks about one in particular, aspartame, and how that can be even worse for your health than sugar. - The Many Risks with Sugar and Aspartame



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