for short, or Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease actually refers to a “group” of lung diseases that restrict airflow as a person exhales and makes it increasingly difficult for them to breathe.
Emphysema and chronic asthmatic bronchitis are the two characteristics that make up
Damage to a persons airways eventually interferes with the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in their lungs.
is one of the leading causes of death and illness worldwide. Most COPD is caused by long term smoking and therefore the link to emphysema.
The symptoms of COPD don’t appear until much lung damage has occurred, and continues to get worse over time.
Signs and symptoms of COPD vary, depending on which disease is most prominent.
Most people have more than one of these symptoms at the same time:
Shortness of breath
Chronic asthmatic bronchitis causes inflammation and restricting of the airways in the lungs. This may cause a person to cough and wheeze.
Chronic asthmatic bronchitis also increases mucus production, which can further closes the narrowed tubes.
Emphysema damages the tiny air sacs in your lungs (alveoli). Emphysema gradually destroys the inner walls of these alveoli, reducing the amount of surface area available to exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide. Emphysema also makes the alveoli walls weaker and less elastic, so they collapse when a person exhales, trapping air in the alveoli. Shortness of breath occurs because the chest wall muscles have to work harder to expel the air.
COPD is typically caused by long-term exposure to airborne irritants, like cigarette smoke and other irritants.
You can avoid this disease by avoiding these irritants:
Can anything be done using “natural cures” to help heal COPD?
There is no proven treatment or cure for COPD, but antioxidants, nutrients and herbs should be considered useful in strengthening and healing the body.
Drinking fresh vegetable juices that include beets, carrots, celery, parsley, cucumbers, and other raw vegetables will not only help detox your body, but will help rebuild it too.
Vitamins C, D, and natural E complex could be of benefit, along with Omega- 3 fatty acids.
Flaxseed, walnuts, soybeans and canola oil may also be helpful.
Acetylcysteine, (a derivative of cysteine; a compound sold as a dietary supplement commonly claiming the potent antioxidant, helpful for lung tissue)
Glutamine is an amino acid that may help some people.
BCAA supplements could be helpful for protein synthesis.
Creatine may help with muscle strength and endurance.
Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation are part of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD ). So, targeting oxidative stress with antioxidants is likely to be beneficial in treating COPD.
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents like glutathione, N-acetyl-L-cysteine and N-acystelyn, curcumin, resveratrol (a flavanoid found in red wine), green tea, ergothioneine, quercetin, erdosteine and carbocysteine lysine salt, have all been reported to control inflammatory gene expression.
COPD is not the end for sufferers, but making some changes to your diet, exercise and lifestyle can all help you live better and stronger.