Inflammation is a natural body process that can be helpful if it goes on for a short amount of time. However, the long-term inflammation experienced by patients with lung conditions isn’t this helpful type of inflammation, and it’s actually increased by stress. Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI2™) plans from the Lung Health Institute include two tips for helping to reduce stress for patients with chronic lung conditions, and using these tips regularly may also result in lower levels of lung tissue inflammation.
Two tips for reducing stress and inflammation
Your body uses inflammation to help fight infections and repair injuries your body experiences. This inflammation is short-term and is usually regulated by white blood cells in your body. These cells produce chemicals known as cytokines to increase inflammation and stop producing them to reduce inflammation. This helpful, short-term inflammation is normally stopped by rising levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
However, lung disease patients typically have long-term inflammation that’s more difficult for your body to shut off. In addition, patients with lung conditions, such as COPD, are typically very stressed out by various aspects of their condition. This stress causes your body to continuously produce high levels of cortisol, and this continuous cortisol production causes your white blood cells to lose their sensitivity to this hormone. As your white blood cells lose their cortisol sensitivity, it becomes more difficult for them to stop producing cytokines, which means your inflammation will continue.
AI2™ plans from the Lung Health Institute have two tips to help you reduce your stress and thereby potentially reduce your inflammation, too. The first tip that these plans offer is that you should set aside some time every day for relaxation. The average American spends almost their entire day in a hurried and stressful state that only increases inflammation in their bodies. To counter this stress, the Lung Health Institute recommends that you set aside at least 10 minutes every day to just relax. You can do any activity during those 10 minutes that provides you with relaxation. These activities may include things such as reading a book or meditating.
Try some breathing exercises
A second de-stressing tip that’s included in AI2™ plans is to perform regular deep breathing exercises. Doing deep breathing exercises throughout the day helps you to relax by slowing your heart rate and lowering your blood pressure. The best part is that doing your deep breathing exercises only takes a few minutes out of your day. By using these two relaxation tips regularly, you may be able to significantly reduce your stress and lung tissue inflammation if you have a chronic lung condition.
Natural inflammation treatment is our goal at the Lung Health Institute
At the Lung Health Institute, our staff is committed to the idea that natural inflammation treatment for lung conditions is possible. This commitment has led us to create our three Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans that may help you improve your gut health and use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel. We also offer natural lung condition treatment in the form of Lung Restoration Treatment™. This form of therapy involves our clinicians taking a blood sample and using it to concentrate inflammation-fighting cells and plasma from your own body. The concentrated cells will then be returned to your body intravenously, and they may help to reduce your inflammation and may even help to slow the progression of your disease. For more information about the natural inflammation treatments we offer, contact the Lung Health Institute now to schedule your free consultation.
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