The respiratory system includes all the body parts that help you breathe.
The upper respiratory tract includes the nose, sinuses, nasal cavity, larynx (voice box), and trachea while the lower respiratory tract includes the lungs, bronchi and bronchioles, and alveoli (air sacs). This system allows you to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide.
Infections, allergies, and toxins can interfere with respiratory health. Infections can be classified as URTIs (affecting the upper respiratory tract) or LRTIs (affecting the lungs and bronchial passages). The severity can range from a mild cold to life-threatening pneumonia. Although these infections can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi, most URTIs are caused by viruses.
URTIs—including colds, ear infections, sinusitis, and sore throats—are one of the main reasons people visit an urgent care facility. Over-prescribing antibiotics for these conditions has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Although many people don’t realize it, many herbs have potent antimicrobial properties. They are gaining attention and acceptance because they can work on drug-resistant pathogens. Other tips for keeping your respiratory tract functioning well include boosting your immune system, managing stress, using antimicrobial toothpaste, using zinc lozenges at the first hint of URTI, and carrying an herbal
antimicrobial throat spray with you when you go out.
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just a few of very favorite respiratory health formulas . . .
In addition to two important vitamins known to promote healthy lungs—vitamin A and vitamin D—this product contains a glandular lung concentrate that provides targeted nutrient support for lungs. Antioxidants are the first line of defense in supporting lung health as they scavenge free radicals in the extracellular fluid lining of the lungs. Vitamins A and C are effective antioxidants backed by decades of research.