3 ways to release mucus from your lungs
Our respiratory system has its own self-cleaning mechanism. Pollution, smoking, and some conditions of the respiratory system can slow it down, making it vulnerable to virus and bacterial attack. When your system is affected, you can feel chest congestion, inflammation, breathlessness, and end up with lung infections.
In a healthy person, the respiratory system produces a litre or two of mucus per day. Without this transparent, viscous cleanser, our respiratory system becomes dry and malfunctions. However, too much mucus leads to respiratory complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. The airway narrows and becomes blocked, making it difficult for you to breath. Excess mucus also becomes a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria.
Key ways to prevent or decrease excessive mucus build-up in your lungs are controlled coughing, mucus drainage, and “percussion”.
You shouldn’t try these if you already have breathing difficulties; instead, go and see your GP. These exercises do not replace medical advice.