Breathe in. Out. In. Out.
Hardly rocket science.
But for many of us, something that's meant to be so simple can become fraught with difficulty, especially if you're susceptible to bronchitis, asthma, rhinitis, hay fever or COPD...
Acute Bronchitis is the fifth most common reason adults go to see their GP. It's an infection in the lungs which causes them to be inflamed, narrower and coated in gunky mucous. It tends to develop a few days after a cold, and symptoms
- frequent cough that produces mucous
- tightness or dull pain in the chest
- wheezing and shortness of breath
- mild fever
In short, it makes you feel rotten. It usually lasts for 2-3, deeply unpleasant weeks, and you can
end up with repeated bouts, or a persistent "smoker's cough" — even if you don't smoke!
If so, chances are you'll be diagnosed with Chronic Bronchitis. It's one form of chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease that makes it tough to breathe.
And, it turns your lungs into a fertile breeding ground for bacteria.
Bronchitis can turn very serious, very quickly... and more and more people are becoming victims.
For example, the World Health Organisation predicts that COPD will be the third leading
cause of death worldwide by 2030.
But the really good news is there's something amazingly effective that you can do to help yourself avoid, alleviate — or even get rid
of — bronchitis.
It's inexpensive, completely risk-free, takes just 15 minutes a day, and you can do it while watching TV, reading... even during chatting or a gentle walk!
You can find out more about it here...
For Acute Bronchitis, your GP may well prescribe antibiotics. They've been shown to 'confer only minimal benefits on healthy adults
with bronchitis' and 'a modest benefit for only a minority of patients'.
Oh, and they knock out your helpful bacteria. And increasingly
antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains are fast becoming a major, global crisis.
So, one way and another, I think you'll agree antibiotics are best avoided wherever possible…
And if Chronic Bronchitis is allowed to develop, the Doctor may resort to 'bronchodilators': drugs which open up your airways, also used by people with asthma.
come with side effects such as palpitations, upset stomach, sleeping problems and muscle cramps.
Or you may be prescribed steroids, with their long and immensely undesirable list of side effects including
diabetes, weight gain, osteoporosis and glaucoma, to pick just a few!
But, it doesn't have to be this way for you — have a look, here, at the good news I mentioned earlier!