Mucus facts 👃🤧

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Every day, in our environment, we breathe in loads of pollutants, allergens, pathogens like viruses, bacteria and fungi, which enter into our system. Once they enter, the interaction of our immune system starts responding. So the process of filtration, defence and lubrication takes over. That’s how the mucus comes into play.

Mucus is a slimy secretion which is produced by the mucus glands on the tissue lining of many organs in the body. Its primary function is protective. It protects the particular organ from drying, catch hold of dust particles, foreign bodies, germs, microbiomes from getting inside our body. It also contains specific enzymes to kill the bacteria and pathogens and prevent us from getting infected. We produce at least 1.5 litres of mucus every day. Therefore, every day, mucus is created and perform its function of protection and hydration.

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We start experiencing mucus in our throat, mouth, sinuses when produced in excess. The organs that usually produces mucus are:

Nose
Throat
Sinuses
Lungs
Gastro intestinal tract.

Facts related to mucus:

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1. Mucus excess production is usually not a medical problem unless associated with other symptoms in the body or abnormal colour of the ooze. When you have a yellow to greenish mucus, it is usually due to cold. When you have blood-tinged mucus in the nose, it is generally due to dryness or scratching or forcefully blowing of the nose. Mucus, when produced in the lungs, is called phlegm. When you have blood in the mucus or phlegm, it is mainly infection or irritation in the lungs. It is usually not that serious. But, when there is excessive and frequent blood in the mucus, you need medical attention.
2. Excessive mucus produces common symptoms like sneezing, nasal irritations, nasal stuffing, nasal blockage, sore throat and headache. In such cases, slime is usually slippery and watery.
3. When mucus gets thickened in the throat and lungs, this is mainly due to congestion in the lungs and upper respiratory tract. The person may have breathing difficulty or problem in swallowing.

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4. Sometimes, thickened mucus is produced due to conditions like smoking, air pollution, not drinking enough water, drinking too many caffeinated drinks like tea or coffee and alcohol, or being in airconditioned air for a long time.
5. Certain medical conditions which cause overproduction of mucus are Allergies, Sinusitis, Common cold, acid reflux, certain lung conditions like COPD, chronic bronchitis and asthma.

Simple measures to get rid of mucus are :

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1. The best home remedy to clear the throat from mucus is the saltwater gargling which I recommend as this measure is very helpful for me too.
2. Keep yourself hydrated by consuming enough water.
3. Over the counter medicines, the expectorant, mucolytics, liquorice tablets are useful to some extent.
4. Elevating the head by using an extra pillow while lying down has been effective in some people.

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5. Having certain kind of food items like Pineapple ( contains an enzyme bromelain which has anti-inflammatory properties), ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar are helpful to reduce the mucus.

Thanks for reading.

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Thymus: Forgotten yet most crucial 🙌

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This Coronavirus Pandemic has created havoc within us in these couple of weeks. Thousands of people are affected and already killed by the virus. In today’s world, it has created an atmosphere of panic, fearfulness which has greatly affected our mental health. We were never prepared for such Pandemic. It’s also true, that we can never avoid such naturally acquired disaster. But, we can at least armed our bodies better by start building up a strong, powerful immune system.

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Therefore, to take proper care for our body, we need to be more aware and more informative about how our body’s natural defence system function. Concerning our immunity and the immune system, Thymus is an important gland that plays a vital role. This lymphoid gland seems to be an underrated gland that is hardly discussed. People know or give very little importance about this gland. But this gland plays the most significant role in building immunity in our body by supporting the immune system. This is a small gland which lies behind the sternum (the chest bone). It usually atrophies as ageing progresses. But its function remains intact lifelong. Its main function is that it supplies the defence cells of the White blood cells army of Immune system which are responsible to fight against viruses and cancers cells.

img_0746Certain type of precursor cells originate from the stem cells in the bone marrow of bones and go through the bloodstream to the thymus gland where they mature and are trained to perform their specific functions of defence. Thymus secretes hormones like Thymosine which helps in the development and maturation of these cells. Not all cells produced mature and make through a very specific selection and training process. Many of them die within the thymus. Only 1-2 % of the cells become ready to perform their function of defending against harmful pathogens and cancer cells. Therefore, these matured and trained cells are released in the lymphatic system to perform their specific functions. The different cells released from the thymus are categorised as T (thymus) cells and B (bone marrow) cells. The T-cells mainly fight against antigens and cancer cells.

T-cell types :
#Natural killer T-cells fight against viral infections. They release certain chemicals like Cytokines which can kill the viruses or other pathogens along with the affected cells.
#Helper T-cells not necessarily kill the viruses but tagged them as ‘harmful’ so that the natural killer cells can eliminate these antigens. So, the helper T- cells help in coordinating the immune system.
#Regulatory T- cells mainly control and regulate the immune system. it naturally keeps the balance. If this is not done, then T-cells will attack the body’s own tissues leading to autoimmune conditions. The body may suffer from different autoimmune conditions like various inflammations and allergies. So, the function of this regulatory cell is very important to balance the immune defence system.

B-cells mainly produced antibodies. There are a variety of antibodies. The antibodies do not kill the pathogens but instead, they tag and segregate them as harmful viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites. So, the natural killer cells can destroy them. Our body can produce as many as millions of antibodies which can identify different specific pathogens and tagged them accordingly.

Fortunately, it is amazing to know that our body has been naturally equipped with such a powerful strong immune system with Thymus playing an important role. We are gifted with a very sophisticated defence immune system. But, as we age, the thymus gland slowly atrophied, become smaller and smaller in size. So the release of matured and trained T-cells and B-cells from the Thymus is slowly reduced too. Therefore, our immune system gets weaker and weaker and we become susceptible to diseases and infections.

So, how do we maintain and keep our immune system function intact and powerful? To support the thymus gland and the immune system from functioning at their optimal potential, we need to adopt a healthy lifestyle: Healthy eating, low-stress level and meditation, exercise.

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1 Vitamin D: This particular vitamin is anti-inflammatory and is very useful in the development and maturation of Helper and Regulatory T cells which are integral in the immunity defence army of cells. Dietary sources are best and supplements only given under clinical recommendation. Not to forget, sunlight is an important source of vitamin D. So, being in the sun for at least 15 mins a day can be very beneficial.

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2. Iodine is important because it helps in the process and maturation of Natural Killer cells.

3. Zinc: Another important mineral which greatly supports the immune system and defends us from the invasion of pathogens. Food chart is given in my previous post on Zinc: https://wordpress.com/post/healthhappinesshealing.org/3137

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4. Stress: Enough has been talked and written about stress which may harm our body and the immune system. Therefore, we need to control our stress level every day by adopting different stress-relieving tips and keep ourselves calm.

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Vincent Ehindero Award: 1 and 2 🙌

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I am very delighted to announce that I have been nominated for this award, twice by 2 wonderful bloggers Ritisha of https://ritisha.blog and  Anushka of https://4anushka22.wordpress.com. I am very thankful to both of them and wish them great success. Both of the blogs are very interesting and insightful. Friends, do visit their respective blog whenever you have time.

Now, coming to the award, the rules are

  •   Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.
    • Make a post of the award (with a photo).
    • Post the rules.
    • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
    • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers.
    • Follow Vincent Ehindero at vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for free blog promotion and shoutout and more blogging opportunities).

This time, I am answering Ritisha’s questions as I have already answered Anushka’s questions in another Blogger award.

The Questions:
1 What is your favourite aspect of blogging?
My favourite aspect of blogging is that I have learned to be more expressive when it comes to writing. Another aspect is that I have learned so much from the different variety of posts on different subjects from my fellow bloggers.
2 What is your favourite social media platform, and why?
I am not a fan of social media. But since, I am blogging, I have started to give attention to my different social media accounts.

3 Are you more of an indoors or outdoors person?

I am both an indoor and an outdoor person. I, enjoy both the spaces at different time.
4 Tell me a weird fact about yourself!
As I age, I have learned to be spiritual and keep listening to spiritual talks.
5 What is your favourite season?
I love the springtime as Nature is at it’s best. This time around, due to lockdown, I have missed the pleasure.
6 What is your favourite memory?
I do have some beautiful memories of my childhood. Another beautiful memory is when my son was born.
7 Cats or dogs?
I love dogs.
8 If you were an only child, would you wish to have siblings?
I have 2 siblings. When it comes to my son, he never wanted a sibling.
9 What is your favourite ice-cream flavour?
I love the chocolate flavour.
10 What three wishes would you ask from a genie?
As of now, I would always ask for a beautiful, green planet with peace and harmony and of course Coronavirus free.

As for the Nominations, it is very difficult to choose any name. I love and respect each one of my fellow bloggers. They are all so wonderful people. I am privileged to be with them under the same platform. Therefore, I nominate all of them. Whoever feels, can take this award and answer the same questions as above.

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Post : Truth and fiction – Coronavirus 🦠

Hello everyone 🙋🏻‍♀️. Stay home and stay protected 🙏

It’s the correct knowledge and information that is going to guide us during this Catastrophic situation. So, I would like to share this Gregg Braden’s video which has some valuable information. Though, this is a quite long video, but it is worth watching.

Courtesy: Greggbraden.com

Check out this link to overcome fear and stress : https://www.heartmath.com

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Post: Coronavirus 🦠

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Awareness is the key to all forms of crisis like this one. So, sharing 2 videos with some valuable information.

 

 

 
Thanks for watching.

Blessings and much love to all 💐

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


http://whareotiv.com/1BQr