Shortness of breath which is known as dyspnea is a term that describes the difficulty of breathing and feeling suffocated. This is considered as one of the most common problems that many people have to suffer from. It can range from mildness to moderate and extremely severe. If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, the condition might become worse.
It is perfectly normal when you experience shortness of breath when you go beyond your ability during some activities or you climb to a higher place where oxygen is lesser. In those cases, the breath will return to normal level after a while.
However, there are some health issue can result in shortness of breath as well. Anemia, infectious respiratory system, heart diseases as well as allergies and chronic bronchitis can lead to shortness of breath. When experiencing dyspnea, you might encounter troublesome problems that can prevent you from doing normal activities or affect your qualify of life as well. And please consult your doctor as soon as possible if you encounter some serious problems such as it starts without apparent reasons, or you suffer from fever, tightness in the throat or chest pain.
Or else, if it is not a worried problem, you can try some home remedies which is very easy and helpful as well to get rid of this condition.
- Diaphragmatic Breathing
Diaphragmatic breathing which is also known as abdominal breathing/deep breathing provides a great help in manipulating your breathlessness. This procedure can be very useful when you experience shortness of breath because of obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
How to do:
- Lie down with your hands are placed on your abdomen and relax.
- Try to inhale deeply through your nose and hold the breath.
- Breathe out slowly by your mouth.
- Repeat the whole process after 5 – 10 minutes intervals.
- Pursed – lip Breathing
Pursed – lip breathing is another popular technique that can help you to regulate your breath cycle. It can decelerate your speed of breathing, retain your normal pace of breathing and it also can alleviate stress, anxiety as well as depression.
How to do:
- Sit down and relax your muscles.
- Keep your lips together except the middle.
- Breathe in for a couple of seconds by your nose
- Slowly breathe out by your pursed lips
Repeat the process for the next 5 – 10 minutes
- Black Coffee
Do you know that the caffeine in one cup of black coffee can cure your shortness of breath? This chemical can lower the tiredness of respiratory system and promote airway function effectively. Plus, asthma symptoms can be prevented thanks to it.
Consume of 1 – 2 glasses of strong black coffee to sooth the shortness of breath however, do not overdo it or you may suffer from high heart rate as well as high blood pressure.
- Steam Inhalation
Steam inhalation is another good choice to treat shortness of breath. It will help you to maintain your nasal passages unclogged. Plus, the moisture and the heat from the vapor can break up the mucus so that when elimination takes place, it will become easier.
How to do:
- You can add some essential oil to enhance the effect and put your face over the bowl of hot water.
- Inhale the vapor from the bowl by taking a deep breath.
- Repeat the process until the water cools down.
Another effective method to adopt to treat shortness of breath is ginger. It can be used to treat nasal or chest congestion which can result in difficulty of breathing. Some ingredients found in ginger can prevent the secretion of mucus which can cure your shortness of breath. Plus, it can fight back throat or respiratory system infection. You can consume ginger tea or you can chew the raw ginger slices to get rid shortness of breath.
Beetroot will be the brightest choice to adopt when your shortness of breath is the result of anemia (which is caused by iron deficiency). As beetroot contain high amount of fiber, calcium, vitamins, potassium and especially iron, consuming it is not only very helpful to fight back dyspnea but it also improves your overall well – being.
Extract the juice from the fresh beetroot and you can add some carrot juice, spinach juice as well as sweet potato to consume daily.
Bio: Jelly Jeff is a senior editor of AuthorityRemedies; a website which is specialized in providing natural home remedies, tips and also nutrition facts to improve the well-beings. She is a nurse but she keens to explore nutrition and fitness. In addition, she loves writing and doing research.