The lungs are designed for two purposes. Both are critical to life for they must happen every moment for one to survive. First, oxygen from the air comes into the tiny little air sacs of the lungs. These air sacs are called alveoli and there are about 300 million of them in the lungs with a total surface area of around 750 square feet! The walls of these alveoli are only one cell thick. This allows for an easy transfer between blood and air. The blood then circulates oxygen it has picked up during this process to every cell in the body.
At the cellular level oxygen is combined with sugar to produce the energy we need to live. This process is called internal respiration. Secondly, the lungs work to get rid of carbon dioxide, the waste product of the body’s energy production. This transfer also takes place over the great surface area of the lungs’ many alveoli. Because the lungs contain a higher concentration of oxygen and the blood a higher level of carbon dioxide, the molecules of each move to balance each other. This leads to the transfer of oxygen for carbon dioxide through the alveoli walls.
The air we breathe however is often contaminated with particles, carbon monoxide and other toxic substances. Breathing in this dirty air causes the bronchial tubes to constrict in order to trap particles in its sticky mucus. This constriction, while defending on one hand, causes us to take in less oxygen, which can affect the performance of one’s body.
Physical Signs Traditionally Associated With Toxic Lungs
- Shortness of breath
- Cold hands
- Weak voice
- Airborne allergies
- Excess mucus
- Spontaneous sweating
- Poor sense of smell
- Varicose veins
- Slow healing of the skin
- Dry skin – skin siders
- Sinus problems
Without oxygen one would die within three minutes. Oxygen allows all metabolic processes to occur. The lungs provide life and when they become toxic this is directly reflected in one’s quality of life. If the lungs are cleansed, there is a great source of energy and freedom that one may hardly know was possible. This is because the lungs are so closely related to every process that goes on within the human body.
Emotional Signs Traditionally Associated With Toxic Lungs
At the cellular level one’s air supply is a matter of life and death. Every second, thousands of cells are dying and being replaced. This is normal. However, when one’s lungs become toxic, the supply of oxygen at a cellular level is greatly compromised. One can live with a compromised oxygen supply; however, less oxygen means more cellular death. Because death is directly associated with grief, when there is more death in the body this can be felt as hopeless feelings of sadness, grief, and loneliness. When one’s lungs are healthy, there is great happiness to be felt because every cell can live its full life.