Staying warm and well this winter

winter

Winter is here. For many its a time to get excited for all the festivities as we warm up for spending time with loved ones, take a break or have some time out to see out the end of another (tough) year. But for many it can anticipate worry, anxiety and even cause for concern if you have a respiratory disease such as asthma, COPD or bronchitis. Many will be short of breath, coughing more or even not wanting to leave the house to avoid worsening conditions especially in times where coughing and having a cold makes many even more wary with Covid-19.

The best advice is to Keep Warm and to Keep Active. These two elements will help you be less severe and stay away from worsening your conditions. And the most important piece of advice is if you are unwell please do speak with you GP or doctor for further advice. Leaving the house may give many anxiety but a short walk in your local area and getting fresh air is so important for your physical and mental health.

Staying warm is important to keep your body temperature up. Carefully plan your ability to keep you house warm, wear extra layers of clothing and even thick socks and long-sleeved tops. Moving about will help to keep your temperature warm and strengthen those lungs which is very important at this time of year.
You may be travelling this winter to visit or be with your family so please do speak with our team for advice and arrangements to allow you one less thing to worry about when arranging medical oxygen on holiday.

3 tips to help manage COPD

With World COPD just passed it is still an important month to continue raising awareness of COPD.

The most important action you can take it taking care of yourself as you main goal each day. There are some simple day to day changes you can make to help manage this respiratory illness to help improve day to day life and management.

walking outdoors helps to stay healthy
  1. Exercise – Now not everyone can or wants to exercise but walking and keep moving helps with breathing plus makes you healthier at the same time. It is important to take that morning stroll, walk to the shops or just meet friends and walk around parks and see the outside.
  2. Sleep – Everyone needs a good nights sleep but sleeping well each evening will help you get up for that walk each morning and start the day right. Lack of sleep will make you feel lethargic and not want to do anything.
  3. Look after yourself – with ‘you’ being the number one priority you must make sure you are looking after your mental health as well as your physical. Anxiety will decrease and also talking to others will help you feel better and express your feelings with other people.

For those who need medical oxygen to improve their breathing take a look at our resources and other articles over on our website here.

World COPD day

world copd day

Today November 17th is World COPD Day!!!

The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) across the many countries and regions raise awareness of COPD. It also gives a good channel to share thoughts and discuss with others about life with COPD.

To find out more please visit the GOLD website here for helpful resources and information.

Top foods for healthy lungs

Whether or not you have a respiratory condition such as COPD, asthma or even exposure to toxins or cigarette smoke, healthy lungs are important to maintain.

There has been some research into certain food groups that have good nutrition benefits to reduce damage and help to protect this vital organ.

Here are 5 foods that could help:

1. Cocoa – now we all love chocolate so putting this one top of the list! Dark chocolate contains lots of antioxidants which help to relax the airways.

2. Coffee – again a good second choice also with its antioxidants and caffeine. Caffeine helps to open up the blood vessels which benefits people with asthma conditions.

3. Tomatoes – These contain Lycopene which is a type of antioxidant so again a great food item to reduce inflammation.

4. Turmeric – Known for its positives it contains Curcumin which is what is needed to help health improvements.

5. Apples – Eating an apple a day is true, especially with its benefits and vitamin C. Apples may help towards reducing the risk of lung cancer.

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Stay well this winter

For those that already have a long-term condition, winter can be made worse. It doesn’t have to bring you down – all you need to do if this is you is be a bit more careful and you can enjoy these seasonal months.

Here are 3 main things you can do to help winter be easier

  1. Make sure you eat regularly and have hot drinks such as coffee, tea or lemon and honey in hot water. Its also great to bake and cook your own hot main meal of the day such as soup, casserole or cake
  2. Keep your home warm at about 18 degrees especially your bedroom for when you are asleep at night time
  3. Also check in on your neighbours and friends – if you cannot walk or drive then do catch up regularly via a phone call – conversation is great and also they will know you are ok and well

Life after Covid-19

Face covering mask

Covid-19 is now with us all to stay. For those that have been through the effects of coronavirus this may in many cases mean respiratory problems into the future as part of your health.

As time goes on more and more research can be conducted, the learning and understand will become much more in depth. Many patients may experience health issues such as pneumonia post-covid is severe breathing problems in the future.

With an increase in respiratory and breathing problems medical oxygen will become in much more demand. Medical oxygen will also become a necessary life line for many to help breathing plus able to carry on with their life such as travel abroad, go outdoors and participate in other hobbies.

For more information about medical oxygen please see our other articles here

10 ways to help increase oxygen levels

oxygen levels - diver in sea

It may have been a few years since this article was published but due to a popular interest of wanting to find some simple tips, we have decided to re-publish for our new readers!

Using supplemental oxygen will increase your oxygen levels but there are other tips that can help increase your oxygen levels, its circulation and your body’s ability to take up the additional oxygen and utilise it more efficiently.  Take a look at these ideas as in conjunction with your home oxygen therapy a little change could greatly increase your oxygen levels and quality of life.

These 10 ideas will help to improve your oxygen levels:

1.    Open your windows. Fresh air will bring additional oxygen into your home and even if you are constantly breathing in oxygen through a cannula, whenever you talk or open your mouth fresh air containing higher oxygen levels can be drawn into your body. If you live in a smoggy area then you could consider investing in an air-filtration system.
2.    Plants. They are the opposite of us as they take-in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen. Thereby increasing the foliage and plants in your home will decrease the carbon dioxide and increase the oxygen levels in your home.
3.    Aroma. Many of the chemical-filled candles and various other incense type products actually contain carcinogens. Instead it is better to burn all-natural beeswax candles as then you’ll have better luck breathing in oxygen.
4.    Exercise. Even a small amount of exercise will help to improve your respiration ability, as your breathing rate increases and deepens your lungs can absorb more oxygen.
5.    Increase your water intake. Water is made up of oxygen so by increasing your water consumption you can increase the amount of oxygen in your body.
6.    Go Green. Eating more fresh, raw green juices is beneficial as they are full of vitamins and minerals which your body utilises to aid in the uptake of oxygen.
7.    Meditation.  Daily meditation or just simply sitting quietly and focusing on your breathing and taking deep breaths for a few minutes can greatly help in reducing stress and improving your oxygen intake.
8.    Eat lron-rich foods. Your diet can seriously impact your oxygen levels. Certain foods can help improve your oxygen levels in the blood naturally. Target iron-rich foods such as meats, poultry, fish, legumes and green leafy vegetables as they can improve iron deficiency, which in turn improves blood oxygen levels.
9.    Cut out Salt. A diet low in sodium can lead to increased oxygenation via the kidney and the blood.
10.    Eat green raw foods. Oxygen-rich foods can naturally increase your blood oxygen levels. Try eating more green vegetables like kale, broccoli and celery in order to boost your oxygen levels and hopefully breathe easier.


References: http://lunginstitute.com
Blog article first published 2015

Life after covid…

Fatigue, shortness of breath, pressure in the chest, headaches and muscle pain have been surveyed as the most common symptoms after coronavirus.

“More than 9 in 10 people even indicate that they have problems with simple daily activities”.(Longfonds and CIRO knowledge center)

It seems that there is a large amount of people that may be going unheard or untreated especially if not officially diagnosed with Covid-19. People still need care and advice after coronavirus. Many who may not have been ill previously will be scared, have questions and be in a very scary or anxious unknowing if not helped.

According to the study by Longfords the average age was 53 with many healthy prior to the virus. Many complained about not be able to walk properly and certainly being unable to exercise.

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Life after COVID

covid after effects

Covid has affected so many over the last 12 months and in so many ways. Many have lost loved ones; countries have been stretched and also the world has had to react to its ever-changing mutations and effects economically and personally. For those who have had COVID it may not stop and recovery can be long.

If you are short of breath this is a symptom where many are struggling to breathe properly or may even feel as if they are ‘winded’ whereas prior to having the virus they were able to carry on as normal. Simple activities such as gardening, doing housework or even short walks leave you feeling short of breath. You may be feeling more tired regularly and this is also common effects of other respiratory diseases such as COPD, asthma or bronchitis.

Will COVID-19 be added to the list in future as a lung disease?

Please do seek medical advice to help but there are many things you can do to help such as:

– Breathing exercises
– Taking your time and not over exerting your body when doing activities
– Using medical oxygen to help in some severe cases

Covid affects the lungs and it is a common experience for many even after recovery so it is important to make sure you look after yourself.

Covid-19 vaccine

covid 19 vaccnine

Long-awaited trials on a vaccine are now over with multiple trials now complete and signed off for roll-out with UK and US beginning their plans first. Below are a few of the common questions asked as it is perfectly normal to be anxious, worried or want to know what the vaccine is or does.

What does the vaccine do?
The vaccine helps protect you from the major symptoms of coronavirus and you may only have a mild form of the virus

How is the vaccine received?
The vaccine needs to be administered in two separate doses a few weeks apart. This does mean two trips to the local vaccination centre.

Are there any side affects?
Sometimes but these have been advised to be mild such as swelling where the injection was inserted, headache or feeling tired or a fever.

When will I get my vaccine?
This depends on where you live, but most countries will be rolling out a schedule starting with the most vulnerable such as Elderly, health care workers and anyone with health problems that are really at high risk from coronavirus. Refer to your governments website for details where you live.

How does it work?
The vaccine trains the body’s immune system to recognise the virus and help it to defend itself against a future attack.

For further information and detail please refer to your local healthcare website, especially if you have questions over the Covid-19 vaccine.