The lungs are relaxing and expanding thousands of times every day to bring in the much-needed oxygen.

Also, during exhalation, the lungs expel carbon dioxide which was produced when cells use oxygen.

Millions of people in the United States and worldwide have some type of lung disease. For instance, if all types of lung disease are put together, they are the nr. 3 killer in the US and account for approximately 1,5 million deaths in the U.S. per year.

Three of the most common lung diseases are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and lung cancer.

Causes

  • outdoor air pollution;
  • occupational exposures, like prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers that cause inflammation which leads to the scarring in the lung;
  • prescription medicines, like –  sulfonamides, nitrofurantoin, amiodarone, bleomycin, infliximab, methotrexate, and etanercept;
  • smoking cigarettes – it may cause the cilia to stop functioning correctly, thus, mucus and trapped particles are not cleaned from the airways. Therefore, excess mucus production and chronic cough develop, leading to lung problems. Also, smoking tobacco may result in irritation of the airways as well as inflammation which narrows the airways, making it harder to breathe.
  • autoimmune disease, like – lupus, sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma.
  • infection may cause permanent damage to the respiratory system. These infections may include – tuberculosis, pneumonia, respiratory syncytial virus, or Chlamydia trachomatis.

Symptoms

  • flaring of the nostrils, rapid breathing, chest retractions, and grunting;
  • pain with breathing;
  • wheezing, a high-pitched sound when breathing;
  • a feeling of “tightness” in the chest;
  • increased susceptibility to chest infections;
  • breathing difficulty;
  • shortness of breath, after even walking up a few of stairs;
  • increased breathlessness – this may just happen when practicing physical exercise at first;
  • coughing up germs, phlegm, and foreign substances since this is one of the methods in which the lungs protect themselves;
  • stabbing chest pain which gets worse when you cough or breathe deeply;
  • bulb-like development of the nails and fingertips;
  • cyanosis.

Lung Disease – Spiritual Meaning And Causes

 

Breathing is the process by which the body is charging with energy, life, and love. The spiritual causes of lung disease refer to depression, mourning, fear of living and inspiring life.

These people actually deny life. They were emotionally hurt and no longer allow healing. Of course, if things don’t change, the person may even die, because she refuses life and healing.

Lung disease is specific to suicide victims. These people have to reset on a frequency destined for life and reconciliation. Also, they must choose to live their life with serenity and love.

Prevention

Don’t Smoke

The most important prevention method to respiratory problems is to quit smoking since it increases your risk of both dying and developing a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Also, you should make your home smoke-free and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.

Avoid Bad Air

Air pollution, dust, and chemical fumes can make lung conditions worse, however, they are far less important than smoking in causing respiratory conditions.

Regular Physical Activity

Physical exercise cannot repair the damage to your lungs, nevertheless, it can improve cardiovascular conditioning. So, when muscles are used daily, their capacity to use oxygen increases, and people who practice physical exercise suffer less from shortness of breath.

It is recommended that you slowly increase your work up to an exercise session lasting minimum half an hour, at least four days a week.

Spend Time Outside

There seems to be an increased prevalence of vitamin D (sunshine vitamin) deficiency in people who suffer from respiratory problems. The most natural and easy way to get the necessary dose of vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle located at the base of the lungs and is the most efficient muscle of respiration. In order to get the oxygen-rich air deep into the bottom of the lungs, where there are approximately three times as many blood vessels for respiratory exchange compared to the upper lung region, one must take deep, diaphragmatic breaths.

Drink Plenty Of Fluids

Drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of liquids per day can help keep mucus on the thin side. This will contribute to clearing the mucus from the lungs much easier.

Avoid Meats

Most cured meats, like – cold cuts, bacon, hot dogs, and ham, contain foods additives called nitrates that are used to extend shelf life and color. These nitrates increase the risk for respiratory problems, as per a study from European Respiratory Journal.

Enhance Your Immune System

Eat a variety of foods such as vegetables, fruits, seeds, legumes, and whole-grain foods.

References

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/Pages/Symptoms.aspx