My kiddos like to watch the air quality reports just as much as they like to check the weather on my phone, ask Alexa, or ask Google every hour of the day!
Some days are worse than others and we can definitely feel it or see it with the kids ability to clear their lungs or overcome a cough, even if the cough is from allergies.
Clear air is so important for lung health, which is therefore, super important for overall health.
Here are five things you can start doing today to support your lung health -
1. Get a good quality Hepa air purifier for your home or at least for the bedrooms, where you kiddos are for all of the hours during the night. Hepa air purifiers cannot remove all impurities from the air, but they can certainly help remove dust particles, mold, fungus and quite a few other things you don't want or need to breathe in. Click Here to see the brand we currently have in our home.
By ensuring the air quality indoors is more clean and clear, you are offering lungs support and the ability to stay healthier.
2. Exercise (indoors where the air is cleaner) to get your blood pumping and expand the lungs. By exercising the lungs, you can help to remove and clear unwanted germs and trapped particles or phlegm that are stuck way down in the lower lungs. This will help you breathe better and will also boost your lung health and the ability to prevent illness or congestion.
3. Keep hydrated! Dehydration causes a boat load of symptoms which can lead to other health problems. Not only can the first symptoms of dehydration cause dizziness, headache, and muscle cramps, it also decreases the bodies ability to detox. The more the body can detox and keep a better fluid balance with better circulation and function of the circulatory and lymphatic systems, the better chance you have to protect your body's organs, including the lungs.
Speaking of helping the body detox, add an Epsom Salt bath in your routine up to three times a week for at least fifteen minutes! Add one and a half cups for teens and adults, older children half to one cup, younger children one quarter of a cup to a half cup, toddlers no more than one quarter cup in a full bath (not sink).
Just run it past your health care provider first to make sure there isn't any reason your child cannot add weekly epsom salt baths to their routine and see if they agree to the amount you will be using. There are many more health benefits to epsom salt baths! They are good for Mom too while also pretty inexpensive.
4. Ditch fast food, processed foods, and sugars. I know, I know... it's repetitive! But all of these foods (alcohol too) can cause spikes in blood sugars, poor lymphatic movement, poor digestion and elimination, and more!
Why does it matter? Because it will increase inflammation throughout the body, including within and around the lungs, which could possibly make it harder for you lungs to expand or stay clear and healthy.
Be sure to add in plenty or even more fruits and veggies than normal to provide your body with much needed antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to be sure you immunity is elevated as well as your over all health.
5. Use true and pure medicinal essential oils to help assist to open up the lungs and make it easier to breathe. You can explore options such as diffusion, topical application of an essential oil blend, roller ball use, and having a nasal inhaler in your pocket or purse to use as needed. They even make diffusers to plug into your computer and use at work and for use in your car while driving! Using the right essential oils at the right dilution is a great way to help open the air ways when the lungs feel tight.
Essential oils that are often used for adults are Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). *All of these come with high precautions for babies and children so you must check precautions for everyone in the family. *If you are a parent, grandparent, nursing mother, or caregiver holding a baby or child, please know that if the essential oils you are using topically are on your skin and you are holding babies and littles, they will be more prone to an adverse reaction since these essential oils are not recommended for babies and children. Often times they can even cause breathing difficulty for them.
If you do have children under the age of 10, sticking to essential oils such as Lemon (Citrus limon), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) are better options to explore. Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) is also wonderful to support the lungs and assist to ease a cough, but it has a very strong aroma that isn't always preferred by children. Again, you know you kiddos best and their health profile so do check precautions of all aromatherapy prodcuts prior to use.
Hydrosols are a better option to use if you have babies or young children as they are not as concentrated as essential oils. Hydrosols can be sprayed in any room of your home or just in one specific room. You will still have to check precautions with hydrosol's as well prior to use.
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