The Citrus Fruit Diet
Acute mucus infections respond well to a fruit or juice diet. Some therapists term this a “fruit fast”. Generally fruits in season should be used. No sweetening agents should be used, especially chemical agents. In the case of chronic gall-bladder infection, orange juice should be avoided and pineapple juice can be substituted instead. Two teaspoons of pineapple juice added to a glass of warm water is excellent for conditions of the ears. The use of weak grape juice is highly recommended, but persons with chronic kidneys conditions must avoid this fruit.
The Raw Vegetable Juice Diet
Vegetable juices thinned with warm water are preferred in case of pyelitis and cystitis (kidney and bladder infections). A juice made of three parts carrot and one part-celery is excellent for the above conditions. No salt is to be added! A potassium or cooked vegetable broth can be used as well as barley water laced with lemon peel. Surds and buttermilk are also excellent. Broth must be prepared without spices to avoid more mucous secretions.
Onion and garlic juices are both to be highly recommended in the case of catarrh. A few drops of lemon juice with a teaspoon of each of the lemon and the garlic in a glass of warm water is one of the finest tonics as well as a mucous eliminator.
Proper breathing is an underestimated, but critical building block of good health. Slow, deep breathing gets rid of carbon dioxide waste and takes plenty of clean, fresh oxygen to your brain and muscles. More blood cells get the new, oxygen-rich air instead of the same old stale stuff. Experts estimate that proper breathing helps your body eliminate toxins 15 times faster than poor, shallow breathing. You’ll not only be healthier, but you’ll be able to perform better (mentally and physically) and, of course, be less stressed and more relaxed.
Breathing is a very important aspect of our life. There is a saying that goes” Life is breath and breath is life”. So long as there is breath in the body there is life.
Our physical health, mental balance and emotional stability are all affected in the manner that we breathe. When we breathe well our respiratory system works its best, by using full capacity of the lungs. There is a remarkable improvement in digestive, circulation and eliminative process.
Improper breathing techniques is the root cause to a number illness. People get habituated and become droopy and lazy and they consider it a normal condition, which is unfortunately not.
Good breathing techniques has many benefits and is slow, full, deep and rhythmic and
- Improves your sleep pattern.
- It aids in calming the mind, nerves and emotion.
- Improves all mental processes including concentration and memory.
- Tension is released.
- It supplies more oxygen to the body cells and so blood is purified.
- Helps to overcome tiredness and to rejuvenate energy.
After certain time of practice you will be overwhelmed by the benefit from the breathing exercises and would love to devote more time to it. You may even start practicing at home. If this happens then your efforts will bear fruits of which you haven’t even imagined. And what started off, as a mere exercise to relieve certain tension will end becoming an important part of your life.
All mucus conditions can be cured if the cause is removed and in some cases, a new environment substituted.
Smoggy cities and areas known to be pollen–laden must be substituted for by sea or mountain air, sunshine is an absolute must. Sunshine helps assimilate carbohydrates which otherwise break down into sugar starches, often the cause of mucus secretion. The Pranayamas breathing can work to clear up the trouble.
Diet must be studied and a new balance of food combinations achieved. All refined products must be avoided.
- Vitamin B, necessary for the proper assimilation of carbohydrates in the body, is found only in whole grains, so whole wheat and brown rice may be substituted for the white products commonly used. The vitamin B has an excellent effect upon the thyroid, which is also involved in the burning up of carbohydrates in the system.
- The inclusion of citrus fruits is wise, but these should be used as juices and with plenty of water to thin them down for quick and easy assimilation into the system.
- The common orange; lemon, lime, grapefruit and the tomato are those best suited to help alleviate respiratory infections.
- Apple juice may be substituted for those who find the stronger citric acid hard on the stomach of the kidneys.
- Very ripe fruit is to be preferred for the use of juice.
There are many causes for Kaphic disturbances: an abnormal protective mechanism; irritation in the organs of elimination; irritation of the mucous membranes of the nose and throat by dust and the polluted air we breathe as well as noxious gases from automobiles etc…; chemical irritation of poisonous gases and impurities in the air around industrial areas, and the self-polluting habit of smoking, especially when the smoke is inhaled.
Rapid change in temperature, humidity and altitude may prompt a mucus reaction as well as many psychological factors. Many breathing disorders are psychosomatic. Consideration must also be given to the irritant effects of bacterial infections of the gall, urinary and intestinal tracts, and especially the colon.
Inflammation and hyperacidity of the stomach damages the natural protective layer of mucus over its lining and in some cases, will cause excess mucus to form. Certain mineral substances provoke the kaphic reaction as part of the eliminatory process. The misuse of common table salt can promote excess mucous secretions, as well as the occlusion of certain iodides common in household or drugstore remedies, such as cough mixtures. Many simple drugs like the aspirin, sleeping compounds, bromides, and other like substances are to be blamed for many mucous conditions.
Diet must also be considered as a source of mucous-producing and mucous food. Highly refined sugar and sweetened, starchy foods along with white flour, white rice, milk and milk products and the common groundnut, all produce excess mucous and the resultant catarrh weakens body organs. Milk and white flour products are probably the greatest offenders, followed closely by sweets. A hard cheese diet will cause many to react with excess mucus. Alcohol is a number one enemy to the mucus-prone. Many common proteins may also cause an allergy if the person is prone to taking excess hot foods. A diet high in rich meats, eggs, fish and seafood such as oysters and other shellfish is one of the major contributing factors in a chronic condition. When a mucous catarrh condition has persisted over many years, the mucus cells may increase to the point that a continuous excessive secretion is prevalent, even when the provocative factor is removed. Chronic bronchitis, runny eyes and nose, particularly in the elderly citizen, is an example of this. Drastic measures are required in these cases to effect relieve a cure.
Catarrh is seen in varying degrees of acuteness, from the purulent state where mucous and pus are mixed together to the more common benign drippy mucus discharge, as with the common cold.
The Cause of Excess Mucus Secretion
Kapha is the Sanskrit term for mucus. In analyzing the Prakrit or Essential Nature of a human being, we take into consideration his ability to secrete Kapha. The excess secretion of Kapha can cause many clinical disorders associated with breathing difficulties or mucus congestion of other organs.
Various tissues of the body contain cells which have the function of secreting Kapha or mucus. Some mucus is necessary in the body for the positive function of protection to delicate tissues and moving parts. The digestive system and the digestive tract with its various appendages are the principle sites of these mucus-secreting cells, but these are also present in the urinary bladder and the vagina of a woman. A Kaphic condition or disorder may therefore attack many parts of the body besides the respiratory area.
The common Western term for disorder is called catarrh, a word now out of fashion in popular medicine.
Pranayama is the conscious and deliberate control and regulation of the breath (Prana means breath, ayam means to control, to regulate). With each breath we absorb not only oxygen, but also Prana. Prana is cosmic energy, the power in the Universe that creates, preserves and changes. It is the basic element of life and consciousness. Prana is also found in food, therefore it is very important to have a healthy and wholesome vegetarian diet.
The conscious guidance of Prana in the body gives rise to an increase in vitality, physical detoxification and improved immunity, as well as the attainment of inner peace, relaxation and mental clarity.
In mythology it is said that the length of a person’s life is predetermined by the number of breaths. The Yogi tries to “conserve time” and lengthen life by slowing down the breath.
- Preservation of the body’s health
- Purification of the blood
- Improvement in the absorption of oxygen
- Strengthening the lungs and heart
- Regulation of blood pressure
- Regulation of the nervous system
- Supporting the healing process and healing therapies
- Increasing resistance to infection
- Elimination of stress, nervousness and depression
- Quietening of thoughts and emotions
- Inner balance
- Release of energy blockages
- Deepening of meditation
- Awakening and purification of the Chakras (energy centres)
- Expansion of consciousness
Pranayama will be the most valuable technique used to correct faulty breathing and the chronic diseases associated with the nose, throat and lungs. Even a moderate attempt at these breath controls will pay giant dividends to the sufferer. The subject will quickly correct the faulty breathing habits which are the root cause of the disease, and then by adhering to a normal diet and living a healthy life will be freer from deseases.
The use of Pranayama will educate the subject to regain the normal physiological chest movement associated with good breathing, or to attain that condition if it has never been experienced before. The essential principle of therapeutic Pranayama is that the subject must learn to control the entire breathing mechanism.
In the beginning, this may feel difficult, but in a short time, with disciplined control, the subject will be able to control his breath while doing physical exercise, climbing, or in other types of exercises. It will also impact the psychological factor that will produce the necessary rest and relaxation. In turn, this will alleviate the tension which once caused health problems.
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It is a common understanding that without oxygen we will die. If hold your breath for too long you will feel light headed. But many don’t understand why we need oxygen. Why can’t we just use carbon dioxide or some sort of other gas to survive?
Now what would happen if we breathed 100 percent oxygen? In guinea pigs exposed to 100 percent oxygen at normal air pressure for 48 hours, fluid accumulates in the lungs and the epithelial cells lining the alveoli. In addition, the pulmonary capillaries get damaged. A highly reactive form of the oxygen molecule which destroys proteins and membranes in the epithelial cells probably causes this damage. In humans breathing 100 percent oxygen at normal pressure, here’s what happens:
- Fluid accumulates in the lungs.
- Gas flow across the alveoli slows down, meaning that the person has to breathe more to get enough oxygen.
- Chest pains occur during deep breathing.
- The total volume of exchangeable air in the lung decreases by 17 percent.
- Mucus plugs local areas of collapsed alveoli — a condition called atelectasis. The oxygen trapped in the plugged alveoli gets absorbed into the blood, no gas is left to keep the plugged alveoli inflated, and they collapse. Mucus plugs are normal, but they are cleared by coughing. If alveoli become plugged while breathing air, the nitrogen trapped in the alveoli keeps them inflated.
The astronauts in the Gemini and Apollo programs breathed 100 percent oxygen at reduced pressure for up to two weeks with no problems. In contrast, when 100 percent oxygen is breathed under high pressure (more than four times that of atmospheric pressure), acute oxygen poisoning can occur with these symptoms:
- Muscle twitches
- Blurred vision
So without oxygen we will die, but with too much oxygen we will die as well. If you learn how to breathe properly, it will help you understand your body and how to attain a feeling of wellness. Subscribe for our Online breathing self-learning course today!
Breathing is not a simple thing as we think it is: we do it automatically, but do we do it in the right way for every breath?
As breathing detoxifies and releases toxins, if you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly getting rid of the toxins in your body, forcing other muscles in your body to work more and the next thing you know you’re sick.
On the other side, breathing better will help you release tension. Think how your body feels when you are tense, angry, scared or stressed. It constricts. Your muscles get tight and your breathing becomes shallow. When your breathing is shallow you are not getting the amount of oxygen that your body needs. Breathing better will help you relax and feel less stressed.
The movements of the diaphragm during the deep breathing exercise massages the stomach, small intestine, liver and pancreas. The upper movement of the diaphragm also massages the heart. When you inhale air your diaphragm descends and your abdomen will expand. By this action you massage vital organs and improves circulation in them. Controlled breathing also strengthens and tones your abdominal muscles. This is probably why we call the diaphragm the 2nd heart of our body.
In the course of dispnoea or the common attack of labored breath, the bronchioles are so narrowed that the air can get into the lungs more easily than it can get out, resulting in the lungs being distended beyond the normal. As the atmospheric air is packed in, there is little space in the distended lungs for more fresh air to get in and the subject feels a sense of “being breathless”.
Forcing the breath, the subject tries to breathe more deeply by heaving the chest and working the muscles of the face, neck and shoulders, so that the chest ends up being completely distended, the facial and neck muscles being distorted.
What is needed at this point is a “BHASTRIKA”, or bellows-like breath that empty the lungs so that the abdominal wall and lower chest will contract, releasing the muscle spasm of the convulsive inspirations.
If the conditions is not corrected in the early stage, then the person will be subjected to more frequent attacks, each usually of a longer duration and more intensity, until chronic distension of the chest takes place, so much so that the subject becomes “breathless” with the mildest exertion, and sometimes, even at rest, but while under emotional or mental strain. The classical “barrel-shaped” chest of the asthmatic is to be noted with this condition.