Covid-19 is an infectious disease that affects the human body and is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. People without co-morbidities who get infected with disease recover quickly with no special treatment. But this disease affects different people differently.
People suffering from co-morbidities like obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, or cancer will find COVID-19 fatal and the recovery process hard and slow. Wearing masks and social distancing has been quite effective in stopping the spread of this disease. This is a highly communicable disease.
How Does It Affect The Lungs?
COVID-19 directly attacks the lungs and damages the air sacs called alveoli. Alveolus functions in transferring oxygen to the blood vessels. These blood vessels or capillaries carry the oxygen to the red blood cells and in turn, these red blood cells deliver the oxygen to the rest of the body.
As the virus attacks and damages, the alveoli debris (plasma protein of the alveoli sacs) is formed and gets accumulated in the lungs and thickens the lining of the lungs.
As the walls thicken the transferring of oxygen to red blood cells is impeded causing less oxygen to be supplied throughout the body. Lack of oxygen causes impairment in the internal organs and there is difficulty in breathing as well.
How To Heal Your Lungs From Covid Pneumonia?
The first thing to do once you begin your recovery journey after getting affected is, to not rush your recovery and to be as patient as possible. As this disease does not affect everyone the same way the recovery process will be different for every individual.
Getting adequate rest should become a priority. That means sleeping for a minimum of 7-8 hours every night regularly. Now would be the time to establish good sleep patterns and stop playing with your circadian rhythm by staying up late.
Avoid junk food completely. They serve no purpose and stall your recovery. Avoid soda and sugary drinks as well. The high sugar content strains your body to function properly.
Focus on eating a nutrient-dense diet with a lot of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Focus on eating a lot of good quality protein as protein is the building block of the body and it helps in faster recovery.
Avoid red meat and processed meat as they are drenched in unwanted fats and preservatives making it hard for the body to digest. Avoid eating outside completely and opt for home-cooked meals where there is total control over the ingredients.
Avoid exposure to pollution. Refrain from going to polluted areas as this will only serve to tax your lungs.
Quit smoking completely. When you are recovering if you pick up the habit of smoking again you will not only tax your lungs but there could be a relapse of the disease as well. Also, you will be doing your immunity a disservice.
Focus on strengthening your immunity by staying hydrated and getting adequate rest. When your body permits exercise lightly and don’t strain yourself. Gradually you can increase as you recover completely. Cardio workouts are recommended as you return to normal. Simple exercises like walking, sprinting, etc. can make a huge impact.
Try meditation and breathing exercises. Breathing exercises strengthen your lungs and increase your lung capacity. You can start by taking deep breaths and increasing your inhalations and exhalations.
Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands as often as possible and don’t touch your face frequently. Regularly clean and disinfect your surroundings and wear clean clothes daily. Change your bedding as frequently as possible and regularly wash your bedsheets. This will help in maintaining hygiene and stopping the spread of any infections.
So, it can be concluded, that in order to heal the lungs from this disease the overall health needs to be taken into account. Good food with lots of nutrition needs to be consumed in order to increase energy levels. Patience is a must while recovering and giving your body the time it needs to heal from this disease is very necessary.
Drink plenty of fluids and stay as hydrated as possible. Breathing exercises consisting of simple inhalation and exhalation can be started to increase lung capacity and strengthen breathing. Cardio workouts can be started as your health improves. Overall the focus should be on health and improving it.