The Respiratory System and Skin
The Respiratory system provides the body with the oxygen needed for energy production and the removal of carbon dioxide, the waste product of energy production.
As air enters the respiratory tract it begins the process of warming or cooling, moistening, and cleaning. The nose contains immense vascularity, thereby warming the air. The air is filtered through the hair and mucus lining of the nose. It is also moistened. This process continues in the pharynx and the trachea. The trachea leads to the bronchioles and alveoli, which are controlled by the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. Parasympathetic stimulation constricts the trachea while the sympathetic dilates it. At this point ciliated epithelium cells are no longer present. By the time the air reaches the alveoli it is usually clean. B cells and plasma cells produce antibodies, mainly IgA to deal with any invading pathogens.
Within the alveoli Oxygen binds to the haemoglobin to form oxyhaemoglobin. Oxyhaemoglobin is an unstable compound and readily releases oxygen, particularly in low pH. Exercising muscles releases acid waste which lowers pH, thereby facilitating the release of oxygen, which is required for the production of energy. Carbon dioxide is a waste product of metabolism and while oxygen is taken in by the red blood cells (erythrocytes) carbon dioxide is simultaneously released from the blood to be expelled by the lungs.
The skin provides a number of functions for the body.
Imbalances of the Respiratory System
The respiratory system can be affected primarily in four distinct ways.
Imbalances of the Skin.
Symptoms; chest tightness and shortness of breath, wheezing when breathing out. Rapid shallow breathing that is easier when sitting up, difficulty breathing, neck muscles tighten, coughing, especially at night, occasionally with thick clear or yellow sputum. It can also produce a great deal anxiety.
Bronchial asthma is a hypersensitivity disorder, resulting in spasm of bronchi, swelling of the bronchial mucosa, and excessive excretion of viscous mucus.
There are two types;
extrinsic atopic asthma which is immunologically mediated condition, with an increase in IgE and response to allergens such as dust mites, pollen and mould. This can also be referred to as allergic asthma.
Intrinsic (non-allergic asthma) could be a reaction to chemicals, cold air, exercise, infection, or possibly an emotional upset.
Medical practitioners rank Asthma into 4 types dependent upon its severity.
A number of theories have ben postulated as regards to the possible causes of the onset of Asthma.
Halogen identification diet
Put on one week of hypo-allergic diet ( Rice, carrots, peas, sweet potatoes). Then introduce a new food for three days and monitor adverse reactions. A vegan diet has fewer allergens. However look at Soya, Green peas, and grain. http://hypoallergenicdiet.com/
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