The Body’s Six Immune Centers – Respiratory Center
Without oxygen, you would expire. We are all here because our respiratory centers are in good, if not excellent, working condition. The air that we breathe with the help of the diaphragm and other muscles in the chest and abdomen circulates via the blood to all parts of the body. We breathe in some twenty times a minute, inhaling air that passes through the nasal passages; is filtered, heated, and moistened; and then is sent to the back of the throat. That breath has a long journey to the lungs through the windpipe, past the vocal cords, and to the juncture of the ribs at the center of the chest.
Inside each lung are bronchial tubes, which branch into even smaller tubes, which end in millions (i.e., 300 million) of alveoli. The air in these alveoli sacs is so extensive that the filled sacs, if laid out flat, would cover an area one-third the size of a tennis court. These sacs bring in new oxygen and exchange it for waste products like carbon dioxide. The red blood cells help exchange old carbon dioxide for new oxygen and carry the fresh oxygen to all the cells throughout the body. Carbon dioxide meanwhile travels through the lungs, back up the windpipe, and out of the body. This amazing process works best if all the players are equipped—through super immunity nutrition—to do their job effectively and keep you oxygenated.
Respiratory Center Conditions: Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, colds, flu, pneumonia, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Respiratory Center Super Immunity Foods: Carrots, tomatoes, squash, herbs and spices, mushrooms, tea
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