How to heal your Respiratory Infection

According to ABC news a respiratory virus has been sweeping the nation causing thousands of children to be hospitalized.

While respiratory infections are often triggered by harmful bacteria entering the lungs and bronchial tubes, they are ultimately caused by having a weak immune system.  And what many people don’t know is that a weak immune system is often caused by constipation and poor diet.

Most of us know constipation leads to gas and bloating, but it can also cause:

  • excess mucus in the head, lungs, and throat (which can lead to respiratory infections)
  • acne
  • bad breath/body odor
  • infections of the kidney/bladder/prostate/liver/gallbladder
  • other chronic illness (if you are sick frequently than you have a weak immune system)

It is important to have a bowel movement 2-3 times a day.  If you go 3+ days without a bowel movement, you should consider using herbal laxatives (key word: herbal).

Another cause of respiratory infections, and constipation for that matter, is a poor diet.  Most Americans do not eat enough health-promoting foods.

leafy green heart

Learn to love your greens 🙂 photo credit: CopingWithJane

Foods that promote lung and bronchial health include:

  • Leafy greens
  • Other green vegetables (asparagus, broccoli, peas, green beans, green peppers, etc.)
  • Almonds
  • Berries (blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, etc.)

Avoid Foods that promote mucus formation including:

  • Dairy products
  • Processed foods
  • White Flour
Nature's medicine is pretty :) photo credit: herbs.lovetoknow

Lobelia: Nature’s medicine is pretty 🙂
photo credit: herbs.lovetoknow

If you find yourself with a respiratory infection AVOID ANTIBIOTICS.  Antibiotics have no effect on viral infections and can further weaken your body’s natural ability to fight illness.  Instead focus on expelling the excess mucus from your body and strengthening your immune system.  You can do this by:

  • Use herbal remedies to fight constipation
  • Start eating lots of foods that promote lung and bronchial health
  • Take 10-20 drops of Lobelia tincture 2-3 times a day
  • Drink comfrey tea daily
  • Use cayenne pepper, chickweed, and marshmallow root to help clear out mucus
  • For extreme cases, consider doing a lobelia purge
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