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Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs. People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus, which can be discoloured. Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic.
 
Often developing from a cold or other respiratory infection, acute bronchitis is very common. Chronic bronchitis, a more serious condition, is a constant irritation or inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, often due to smoking. Bronchitis can thus be alleviated through abstaining from smoking and by adopting a healthy diet.
 
Immune System
Acute bronchitis is usually a secondary infection. Bacteria invade when someone is already weakened by a cold or flu virus. A healthy diet helps strengthen the body’s natural immune system. The immune system requires adequate amounts vitamins A, C and E as well as zinc. Cantaloupe (Spanspek), carrots, leeks, spinach and spring onions provide abundant plant form of vitamin A, which also helps lung conditions. A small weekly portion of liver is another good source of Vitamin A. Fresh fruit (especially bioflavonoid rich apples) and vegetables are vital for vitamin C. Pumpkin Seeds, lean beef and shellfish (particularly oysters) all supply dietary zinc. Oily fish may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the lungs.

Fats and sugars should be consumed only in moderate amounts as they displace the more nourishing foods needed to support the immune system. The liver has to draw on extra micronutrients to cleanse the toxins of alcohol and coffee from the blood. Thus the immune system is inhibited.  

Exposure to heavy metals, such as lead and cadmium (an extremely toxic metal) can damage the immune system. Mushrooms grown in manure, kidneys from mature animals, shellfish from polluted waters can be high in cadmium.
 
Breathe more freely
Aroma therapy offers natural inhalants as an alternative to chemical decongestants. Eucalyptus oil is particularly good for relieving congestion and clearing the head. Hyssop is also a decongestant. Sandalwood helps ease muscular or nervous tension.
 
Pour a few 3 drops of eucalyptus, and 2 each of hyssop and sandalwood onto a paper towel, or add them bowl of hot water. Inhale the mixture.  

As a massage, mix the oils in the ratio of 15:10:5 and dilute with 50 times the amount of carrier oil before rubbing on the body.
 
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