Friday, 12 April 2019

Lungs : Parts of the body

                                             A to Z 2019

The lungs are the primary organs of the respiratory system in humans. 

The function of the lungs in the respiratory system is to extract oxygen from 

the atmosphere and transfer it into the bloodstream, and to release carbon dioxide from 

the bloodstream into the atmosphere, in a process of gas exchange, respiration is driven 

by different muscular systems in different species. In humans, the main muscle of

respiration that drives breathing is the diaphragm . The lungs also provide airflow that 

makes vocal sounds including human speech possible.

Humans have two lungs, a right lung and a left lung. They are situated within the 

thoracic cavity of the chest. The right lung is bigger than the left, which shares space in 

the chest with the heart.

We take our lungs for granted. They keep us alive and well. That's why it is important to prioritize  lung health.
Human body has a natural defense system designed to protect the lungs, keeping dirt and germs at bay. But there are some important things one can do to reduce the risk of lung disease. 
                                              Care of the Lungs

Lung capacity declines as one ages. Keep the lungs healthy by taking good care every day. 

Eat a balanced diet, exercise and reduce stress to breathe easier. 

                                    Avoid/Quit smoking

Cigarette smoking is the major cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary 

disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis . Cigarette smoke can narrow the air 

passages and make breathing more difficult. It causes chronic inflammation, or swelling 

in the lung, which can lead to chronic bronchitis. 

                         Avoid Exposure to Indoor Pollutants 

Secondhand smoke, chemicals in the home and workplace can worsen lung disease. Make 

the home and car smoke-free. Avoid exercising outdoors on bad air days. 

                      Minimize Exposure to Outdoor Air Pollution

The air quality outside can varies daily and is sometimes is unhealthy to breathe. If there 

is a dust-storm , be indoors. Mornings are good for walks and outdoor exercises. If air 

outside is bad exercise indoors or workout in a gymnasium or walk in a mall.
Fit netted curtains on windows to avoid dust and direct harsh sunlight.

Lung disorders include  asthma, COPD, infections like influenza, pneumonia and 

tuberculosis, lung cancer. Some lung diseases can lead to respiratory failure.


Pranayama is one of the best lung exercises. It incorporates yoga for lung health, as it is 

an ancient yoga position. Pranayama is the process of regulating the body through the 

controlling of one’s breath. Pranayama for lungs and sinus control can therefore be very 

beneficial specifically if mastered with yoga breathing exercises.

(YouTube videos)
Plants not only increase the aesthetics and beauty of the house but some indoor plants better the quality of environment air.
Spider plant , Aloe Vera plant, Lavender, English Ivy, Snake plant, Rosemary, Peace Lily,
Boston Fern are some of the plants when kept indoors can boost the health.
Note : Practice the Pranayamas under expert guidance. consult your doctor. 

                                       Plunged into grief
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Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your Heart - Winne, The pooh. 
She understood the gravity of the words when the little one was wrapped. She hadn't set her eyes on the bundle that she had nursed in her heart for the whole nine months and  was taken away from her. Fate is cruel, she wailed. She prayed fervently and hoped for a miracle. God heard her and said "Amen". The little one sneezed and cried her lungs out. The cries reverberated and was music to everyone's ears. The mother ran and cradled her baby in her arms. Miracles do happen. The nursing mother spread her hands  and thanked the Heavens.
(Google pics)
(Information courtesy Google)
            Readers, do you do pranayama yogas or any other breathing exercise?

                         I am participating in the A to Z Challenge. 

A to Z Challenge - Day 1. Arms : Parts of the body
A to Z Challenge - Day 2. breasts : Parts of the body
A to Z Challenge - Day 3.Chin & Cheeks : Parts of the body
A to Z Challenge - Day 4. Dimples : Parts of the body
A to Z Challenge - Day 5. Eye : Parts of the body.
A to Z Challenge - Day 6. Feet: Parts of the body
A to Z Challenge - Day 7 . Gums/Gingiva
A to Z Challenge - Day 8. Hair : Parts of the body
A to Z Challenge -Day 9. Intestine : Parts of the body

A to Z Challenge - Day 10. Kidneys - Parts of the body



  2. What an interesting theme!

  3. That part of the body which is most affected by the pollution in air. My father is severely asthmatic and while growing up, I would see him gasping for breath. When we started studying body parts in Biology, I used to hate lungs because I thought they gave him pain by not filling enough oxygen in them. Of course I understood the functioning much later but your post actually brought back memories.

    1. When my son was aboyt 3-4 years old, he had breathing problems and had to use the inhaler. We took care to not expose him to vehicular traffic. Thanks Sonia Chatterjee.

  4. Pranayama and breathing exercises must be included in our daily routine for both lung health as well as mind health. I am enjoying your series

    1. Thanks for enjoying my series, Namratha. Breathing exercises help improve lung power.

  5. I've got lots of house plants including some in your list - my place has been called an indoor jungle! Guess I can breath easy!

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    1. And you must be happy with your indoor Jungle. :)
      Thanks Keith for reading and commenting.

  6. I have a huge amont of plants in my house, like Keith I guess ;) Thanks about Pranayama, I will watch the video closely, seems very interesting. I do relaxation and meditation, breathing exercices. That's great before spleeping!
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    1. You will find the Pranayama techniques very useful, Frederique. Thanks for dropping by.

  7. Oh yeah, we do take our lungs for granted, as we do our breathing, managing to take only half-breaths as we run from one day to another. I agree that Pranayama helps a lot. As for myself, I do Chakra Meditation and do deep breathing using Mudras.

    1. I will check for Chakra Meditation. We take our lungs for granted. even secondary smoke is harmful for the lungs. Thanks Sundari V for reading and commenting.

  8. Yes! Pranayaam, i think is the best way to take of your lungs!


    1. Pranayam is indeed helpful. Thanks Boisterous Bee.

  9. House plants are a great way to keep the home environment clean, considering the pollution that we have around us. Breathing exercises and pranayam are a great way to keep lungs fit and fine.

    1. House plants not only keep the air clean but add beauty to the inner surroundings. Thanks Shilpa Garg for dropping by.

  10. I am asthmatic. Though it's got better over the years. Have to take care of not exposing myself to allergens. Anulom-vilom pranayam is especially beneficial. Plus, I know Reiki. So I use that. I haven't done it so regularly to completely cure the asthma, but at least I remember to use it during bad throat infections, so that the infection doesn't spread down to the lungs.
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    1. My son was borderline asthmatic during his infancy and I know the precautions and care to be taken. Now he is much better.Thanks Chicky K for reading and commenting. have visited your blog .

  11. You know I suffered from a lot of respiratory allergies. I still do. And over the years pranayams have helped a lot with them. Lung trouble can really inhibit breathing.

    1. Respiratory probs and allergies are on the rise and care has to be taken. Thanks Rachna for dropping by.


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