In the 1800s Consumption was the disease d’jour. It was a disease where the lungs were congested, damp and a breeding ground for infection. Back then they thought all kinds of diseases could be caught by having the windows open and in those old homes mould and damp were rampant.
These days, we have air conditioning and we’re kind of creating a similar scenario. Stuffiness; toxic air; staleness – breeding grounds for bugs and other things! Add onto that, cheaper building techniques where damp builds up and turns into mould and it’s no wonder we have a mucous epidemic!
So, here are some tips for having healthy lungs based on nature cure principles and my research of the successful treatment of Consumption (yes, not everyone died):
Open up the Windows.
A stuffy house is an unhealthy house. If it’s sunny outside, try putting an extra jumper on and leaving the air conditioning off. Switch off the heat at night and have a window or 2 cracked open in the house. Leave the windows open during the day if you’re at work (watch the rain won’t get in!). Air out your bedding. Just get fresh air into your living space as much as you can.
Challenge the Lungs
Challenged lungs are healthy lungs. Our bodies need to be used if they are going to be strong. Lungs included. Get outside and suck in the winter air. It’s incredibly invigorating. The body has a natural mechanism for expectoration and walking and other exercise helps to promote the cleaning out of the lungs.
Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
A little less dairy, wheat and meat and a lot more veg especially the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale) and the root vegetables right now. It’s winter! Check out vegetarian recipes. Make meat the accompaniment, not the main event, at least for a couple of nights a week.
Our Food Philosophy
Those of you who’ve followed me for some time, know that my family adheres to the dietary guidelines of the Weston A Price Foundation most of the time; that is, we eat traditionally prepared whole foods with special emphasis placed on good quality fats and animal foods. This rustic and peasant style way of living infuses our philosophy and education.
Have a wonderful day!