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Chest Congestion Relief- Steam therapy

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Home remedy for chest congestion

Air pollution, smoking, viruses, dirt and germs are part of our daily life, that’s why it’s so important to pay attention to our lung health.

 Steam inhalation is one of the most recommended therapies worldwide and it has been used for more than 3500 years.  It is low cost, 100% natural and you don’t need to invest in equipment. 

Steam therapy is a technique in which you inhale water steam. In this technique, you introduce warm moist air into your nose, throat and lungs to alleviate congestion and other respiratory symptoms.

What are the benefits of steam therapy?

 The steam adds warmth and moisture to the air, it improves breathing and helps loosen mucus inside the airways and the lungs. It also relaxes throat muscles, reducing soreness and inflammation, and dilates blood vessels improving blood circulation.

Steam Therapy for chest congestion

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How can you drain mucus from the lungs?- 3 exercises you can do at home

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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.  

3 ways to release mucus from your lungs

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