This quote comes from one of my favorite books called Holistic Anatomy authored by Pip Waller.
“In a wonderfully neat example of the symbiotic relationship between plants and ourselves, green plants breathe in carbon dioxide and use it for their metabolism, during which they make oxygen, which they breathe out. This is why trees are known as the ‘lungs of the earth’…The bronchial tree of the lungs looks just like the trunk and branches of a tree.”
The harmony between nature and humans is a beautiful and flawless dance when you see and feel the connection. The power of nature far exceeds the power of humans at times. Research has shown trees and plants that have been alive for thousands of years far exceeding our life span. Human beings need lungs to breath in oxygen. Trees act as the lungs of the earth by taking carbon dioxide and turning it into pure oxygen which we need to stay alive. Life giving oxygen taken into the lungs diffuses into the blood and carbon dioxide is released from our lungs back into the environment.
Protecting your lungs is critical especially in these challenging times of the Covid-19 virus running rampant across the planet. How do you protect your precious lungs? First step in protecting your lungs is showing respect to your body by not purposely poisoning the lungs with smoking. This should be a no brainer; everyone knows that cigarette smoking causes irreparable damage to the lungs. Show kindness to your body and lungs and quit smoking.
Ways to protect and pamper the lungs:
- Quit smoking
- Practice deep breathing exercises. Fill up your lungs slowly and release slowly.
- Research on-line several different breathing exercises.
- Reduce the amount of mucus producing food such as refined sugar, refined grains, dairy products, red meat, alcohol, fried foods, caffeine, and gluten products.
- Be active. A good cardiovascular workout also strengthens the lungs. Enjoy exercising in nature to really give your lungs the pure oxygen they need.
- Avoid pollutants. By making an effort to avoid pollutants you can care for your lungs. Avoid deep breathing in highly polluted environments or around friends or family members who smoke.
- Drink lots of water. Proper hydration supports fluid moving into the mucous membranes that line the lungs.
- Laugh a lot! Laughing makes the lungs work harder giving your respiratory system a nice workout!
Be Kind to your body and your body will be kind to you!