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Introduction to Respiratory Health

lungs-under-stressIn 2016, the World Health Organization found that 92% of the world’s population is breathing in bad air. Tiny toxic particles which can penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system are now responsible for more than 6 million deaths per year.

A recent study also showed that sufferers were 40% more likely to experience acute asthma episodes on high pollution summer days.
With many different stressors in our environment, it is important that we have the right nutrition, lifestyle and mental attitudes in place to help support our respiratory system and keep it strong and healthy.

Understanding Respiratory Health within the Body

llady-struggling-coughingThe respiratory system is the set of organs and tissues that help you breathe and exchange the gases of life–oxygen and carbon dioxide. The respiratory system consists of your airways, your lungs, certain blood vessels that contribute to the functioning of your lungs and muscles that support your airways and lungs such as the diaphragm.

The lungs work with the cardiovascular system to pump oxygen-rich blood to all cells in the body. The blood then collects carbon dioxide and other waste products and transports them back to the lungs, where they’re pumped out of the body when we exhale to eliminate these toxins from the body.

Inside our lungs we have bronchial tubes which are lined with tiny hairs called cilia that move back and forth, carrying mucus up and out. Mucus is a sticky fluid that collects dust, germs and other matter that has invaded the lungs and is what we expel when we sneeze and cough.

When the level of toxins increases, the body can increase mucus levels significantly and inflammation can occur to promote better flow of nutrients to help deal with the issue at hand.
When this process gets overworked and burdened symptoms become more frequent, become chronic and can lead to illnesses of the respiratory tract.

Signs and Symptoms of Poor Respiratory Health

respiratory-health-coughingIf you are experiencing respiratory health issues, here are some signs and symptoms you may be experiencing:

  • Breathing Noisily
  • Coughing up blood
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dry Cough
  • Excessive mucus
  • Lingering chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stubborn cough

Here is a list of the common pathologies associated with respiratory health:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cystic Fibrosis/Bronchiectasis
  • Emphysema
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pneumonia

Mental and Spiritual Aspects to Respiratory Health

x-ray-image-of-lungsWhen exploring how mental attitudes and emotions impact the body and give rise to particular illnesses, there are general themes that emerge which are important to consider. Remember each person is unique, so different emotional states will have a different impact on their body based on their beliefs and perceptions of their environment.

Stress is often implicated with respiratory problems. It often starts when people overwork themselves, enduring long periods of stress reaching a point of exhaustion. There may be a certain level of guilt, regret or resentment underneath this which is being held onto. There may also be a feeling overwhelmed or feeling incompetent when trying to do things on your own.

From an eastern medicine perspective, the lungs are linked to emotion – grief. If there is grief that hasn’t been acknowledged or processed, for example, from a traumatic life event. The break-up of a long-term relationship, loss of a loved one, will need to be released.

Techniques such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Matrix Reimprinting are very powerful and transformational in this area when negative belief systems are involved and certain emotions need to be released in a safe and controlled way.

Transform Your Respiratory Health


There are many factors involved when looking at respiratory health concerns and why the body may not be functioning optimally. These require investigating holistically and the individual needs to be assessed as a whole to truly determine the root cause(s).

Adjusting your nutritional intake and lifestyle habits, supporting mental well-being as well as assessing your spiritual wellbeing will play a crucial role in getting the respiratory system back into balance.

Everyone is individual and therefore there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to health. It is important to get a health plan tailored to your needs, symptoms and life circumstances.

At Higher Healing, being qualified in NaturopathyNutrition, Emotional Freedom and Matrix Reimprinting we have a truly holistic offering to provide the right support to transform your health. We also are able to offer private functional testing to assess in detail imbalances within the body to give you a clear picture of your health.

Our wish is for you to reach a higher level of healing, so you are able to transform your health. It is possible and you can do it. Start by taking the first step, get in touch to see how Higher Healing can help.

Helping bring your body back into balance

Our holistic health consultations look to identify the root cause and address imbalances in your body systems to help bring them back into balance.

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