Importance of boosting lung health amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Pandemic global spread of the novel corona virus has led to a profound global health crisis. The rapid and massive spread of COVID-19 and the tragedy that we are facing presently makes us search for answers urgently required for the survival of humans. A small microorganism has threatened the very existence of mankind. This virus is a retrovirus that changes its dimension frequently and effective antiviral interventions has been challenging due to lack of sufficient time for research. Every zone of our lives is affected be it the low-key festivities this year to loosing jobs and lives of people worldwide. The worst part is we are still uncertain when things will settle and we can get to normal life, if at all possible.

Immunity is an important word when Corona virus infection is concerned. It is an essential requisite to facilitate the eradication of infections. General immunity decreases as a person age gradually. Individuals with pre-existing comorbidities like hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease as well as respiratory issues are at a high risk of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the new strain that has evolved recently in London seems to be more dangerous. It has a higher rate of spreading and might target the younger population as well. So, I feel boosting immunity is the need of the hour for the entire human race. Immunity can be boosted with gradual practice yoga. I feel this is a better option and has long-lasting effect in comparison to just popping some immunity boosting vitamins and tablets.

Yoga is welcomed worldwide for its health promoting and wellness creating aspects. Scientific research says that a healthy mind promotes a healthy body which is in line with the holistic approach of yoga that promotes interconnectedness of mind and body. Yogic practices have proven benefits in establishing homeostasis in noncommunicable diseases.

Lungs are an important organ when fighting COVID-19 infection is considered. This is because two systems in the human body are directly exposed to the outside environment, they are respiratory system and the digestive tract. Hence, protecting the lungs and boosting its immunity reduces the risk of acquiring COVID-19 to a large extent. People who have already been affected by COVID-19 and has successfully recovered are just given a spirometer to improve the lung functions.

It is important to understand the physiology of lungs in order to improve its functionality rightly. Lungs have 3 lobes and the largest lobe is close to the diaphragm. Thus, due to obesity and other internal problems often this lower lobe is suppressed by diaphragm causing its inability to expand resulting in multiple alveoli that cannot function properly. It is surprising and unfortunate that lung can filter 6 litres of air but due to this inefficiency 350-400 ml is our breathing capacity.

The good news is that respiratory system and the lungs have autonomic as well as voluntary control which means we can consciously control it. Respiratory good health is important for the entire well-being of a person and not just restricted to COVID-19. It aids in good cardiac function and gradually transforms every cell in the body. Breathing exercises play a crucial role to voluntarily control our respiratory system. This was the concept that led to the discovery of Pranayamas. These yogic exercises are believed to clear mucus in the air passages, relieve congestion and promotes an internal cleansing technique that reduces bloating and other issues. Breathing exercises like pranayama improves respiratory breathing capacity by increasing chest wall expansion and forced expiratory lung volumes.

Since winter is a time when risk of respiratory illness is high I would recommend all readers to include yoga as a part of their daily physical fitness program. And I am happy to announce that I have designed a course involving exercises that improves lung functions. I have incorporated exercises that will help to regenerate the dead lung tissues and boost the lung immunity. These exercises have proven benefits on my patients. Register today in the link below to be a COVID-19 warrior.

Do want to know which exercise you need to boost your immunity? Join MUKTI today with just a click on the link below

Mukti is an online healing program that is a comprehensive blend of ancient yogic system and modern medicines. It aims at promoting an entire well being of my patients by protecting each and every organs of the body. Protect your body not just by popping pills but also by maintaining the right physical activity.

Published by Dr.Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta thinks of himself as conscious, living, soulful being with an inner urge to break the inertia of life. He feels that life is nothing but a material expression of the Supreme Almighty Consciousness. His conscious existence empowered him to see, to hear, to talk, to interact, to feel, to dream, to ask questions, and to seek solutions to every problem. In the flow of life, as he grew up, he understood that knowledge of life is the only way to understand the scientific basis of conscious existence. Hence Dr. Sengupta felt the urge to study the science of life – i.e. Medicine. After he completed his higher secondary education from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Belurmath, he joined the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course at RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. The professional packaging of knowledge in terms of a time-bound, goal-oriented syllabus frustrated him a bit, but nevertheless ignited the urge within him to study further. He thus went on to his post-graduation (MD) in Medicine from IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. During his MD training, he got a glimpse of the vastness of knowledge, and the quest to learn precisely the facts of life narrowed down his area of interest to the functioning of the kidneys and the specialisation of Nephrology – a discipline that is complex, yet relatively new and still evolving in terms of complete understanding of renal physiology and pathology. So, Dr. Sengupta decided to study and train for the DM (Doctorate of Medicine) degree in Nephrology. Right from the start of his career, Dr. Sengupta was passionate about Research. During the MD programme he worked on Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Autonomic Neuropathy of Lupus, and Insulin resistance in Diabetics. All these research studies were published in national journals. During his postdoctoral study in Nephrology, he worked on Hemodialysis efficiency, and suggested an angular placement of the Dialyser in order to increase efficiency. This innovative concept was accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Nephrology, Milan, in 2009, and also published in Hemodialysis International. Dr. Sengupta also worked on Plasmapheresis – a blood filtering technique by which toxic and pathogenic immunoglobulins can be removed from the body. He studied the role of Prethymectomy Plasmapheresis in Myasthenia Gravis patients, and his findings were published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The patient-empowered nutritional model for nutritional care of kidney patients is another interesting and innovative area in which Dr. Sengupta has worked for quite a long time. Dr.Pratim Sengupta won the Bharat Jyoti award for his excellency in the field of medicine. He is also the president of our non-governmental organization, The Kidney Care Society. His tireless contribution to provide quality living for his patients is worth mentioning. He introduced Mukti, blending ancient Indian yoga with modern medicine for well being of every patient. He has also introduced an unique online course "Art of Living with diabetes" which is a complete solution to diabetes management. He has authored many books, blogs, for the patients. Searching and researching for solutions to problems in the field of Nephrology remains the passion and dream of Dr. Pratim Sengupta, and he intends to persist on this journey as long as he is conscious. Meanwhile, even as he pursues his dreams, Dr. Sengupta diligently puts into practice all he has learned about Nephrology over the years, at the Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata and ILS hospital,Dumdum where he is available for his patient

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