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Coughing and Feeling Short Of Breath? It’s Time To Detox Your Lungs

Coughing and Feeling Short Of Breath? It’s Time To Detox Your Lungs

If you’re a non-smoker, yet still feel short of breath at times, it could be the pollutants that you breathe in daily that are causing you to suffer. Symptoms of an inflammation in the lungs are coughing and shortness of breath, and it could reduce your lung size. This will jeopardize your overall wellness and longevity.

In order to reverse the effects that are causing damage to your lungs, take some time from your daily schedule to detox your lungs. Here are six ways you can give your lungs a new breath of life.

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1. Increase antioxidants

We know that anything with antioxidants is good for our bodies, but what are they really? Free radicals are atoms that destroy our healthy cells. Pollution, smoking and unhealthy food contribute to an increase of free radicals in our bodies. Antioxidants, however, help to neutralize these free radicals. A lack of antioxidants can cause a free radical domino effect whereby free radicals change other molecules into free radicals. This is when cancer can occur. By consuming foods high in antioxidants daily, such as fresh vegetables and green tea, you can reduce free radicals in your body.

2. Healthy diet

Needless to say, we must also adhere to a well-balanced diet with fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy beverages. As mentioned above, our body is exposed to free radicals every day from environmental toxins, smoking (including second-hand smoke), and household chemicals. Fatty foods and oils which are cooked at high temperatures can become oxidized and, as a result, turn into nasty free radicals.

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3. Hot showers

A hot shower works wonders in helping to clear out the toxins from our bodies, including our lungs. When taking a hot shower, you are increasing the secretion of sweat, which brings out the toxins with it. Taking a hot shower 20 minutes a day is a great way to detox your lungs.

4. Licorice

Licorice is a well-known herb for its many benefits. One of the benefits is its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing properties. Licorice can help treat mild infections of the lung and can also reduce inflammation of your bronchial tubes. To prepare, mix licorice roots in hot water or you can use licorice powder. Drink two cups every other day.

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5. Peppermint

Peppermint is another herb that can help soothe and relax the muscles of your respiratory tract. By relaxing those muscles, not only will it help clear any symptoms of respiratory congestion, it could also help you breathe easier.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology showed that the anti-congestive properties of peppermint helped to relax the trachea, which is also know as the windpipe, in rats. To prepare, mix 3-5 peppermint leaves in hot water or you can mix with a few drops of peppermint oil. Drink up to two cups a day. For stronger lungs, chew 3 to 5 peppermint leaves each day.

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6. Deep breathing

Lastly, a simple practice of deep breathing can do a great deal for your lungs. Deep breathing can help to increase the capacity of your lungs as to how much intake of oxygen can be achieved. It can also help strengthen the lungs and clear your airways. By breathing deeply each day, you can also increase your energy and lessen your stress levels.

To do this efficiently, follow these steps:

  1. Lie flat on your back
  2. Close your eyes with your hands under your rib cage
  3. Breathe in deep for 5 seconds and then hold your breath for 2 seconds
  4. Slowly exhale for 5 seconds
  5. Repeat 9-10 times

These simple methods show us that we can detox our hardworking lungs in a hassle-free way. Neglecting your lungs can cause many problems such as inflammation, bronchitis and can even cause lethargy, so try these methods out today and feel the difference!

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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