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.
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