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Respiratory System
The System That Produces Energy
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    The lungs are the center of the respiratory system, which includes the nose, throat and trachea (windpipe). Air comes into the body through the nose and mouth and travels through the larynx (voice box) to the trachea, which branches into two main tubes or bronchi. From there air moves into the inner recesses of the lungs, where the lungs transfer oxygen into the blood via small air sacs called alveoli. Each alveolus has extremely thin walls containing a network of capillaries involved in the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
     Breathing, usually automatic and regulated in the medulla oblongata of the brain, takes place 10-15 times per minute. Inhaling occurs when a message is sent from the respiratory center of the brain to the diaphragm and center rib muscles. These contract, pulling the lower surfaces of the lungs downward so they can fill with air. Stretch receptors in the lungs then send signals back to the brain, which causes the diaphragm and rib muscles to relax. This in turn causes the diaphragm to move upward, so that the air in exhaled. Blood is responsible for carrying both food and oxygen to cells. The cells use the oxygen to convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. The byproduct of this process is carbon dioxide, which the body exhales. 
     It happens this way: The right side of the heart pumps blood with a high concentration of carbon dioxide into the lungs. There the carbon dioxide is replaced with oxygen, which causes the blood to change from a dark red to a bright red color. This indicates that hemoglobin has picked up the oxygen. The oxygen-enriched blood is then pumped through the left side of the heart, and next circulated thoughout the body. Then the carbon dioxide is exhaled.
     The respiratory system is sensitive to the amount of carbon dioxide present in the blood. If this amount rises, the breathing response will increase so that more oxygen is available for energy metabolism.

Factors in respiratory health
     Most people start out with a pair of bright, healthy pink lungs. As they go through life many individuals either knowingly or unknowingly abuse and weaken their lungs. The seriousness of this connot be overemphasized. Remember, the respiratory system is responsible for supplying oxygen to the blood and expelling waste gases. Without life-giving oxygen, cells cannot utilize the energy resources that are available to them and so cannot function. If the efficiency of the respiratory system begins to diminish, any energy stored in the body has to be released at a slower rate.
     Cigarette smoking is a major cause of lung damage. Of the more than 4,000 substances found in cigarette smoke, two of the most dangerous are nicotine and carbon monoxide. Nicotine, believed responsible for the addictive properties of cigarettes, causes the release of epinephrine, a hormone secreted by the body. This in turn produces an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Carbon monoxide prevents the blood from carrying the full amount of oxygen, and over time this can be extremely harmful.
     Cigarette smoke damages the lungs, bronchi, blood vessels, heart and other organs and tissues. In addition, it is associated with increased risks for all of the following conditions and diseases: coughing, breathing problems, respiratory infections, pneumonia, stroke, hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis), stomach and intestinal ulcers, and cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, kidneys, bladder and pancreas. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage and fetal death. Even secondhand smoke has been reported to increase the risk of respiratory and middle ear infections in children and has been related to deaths due to lung cancer and heart disease.
     Beyond smoking, the respiratory tract is especially vulnerable to particles floating in the air due to pollution. Professor Julius Comroe of the University of California has estimated that city dwellers may take in as much as 20 trillion particles of foreign matter per day.
     The respiratory system has several ways of dealing with these particles. For example, the cough and the sneeze reflexes keep the passageways of the lungs clear of foreign matter. Cilia, the hairs in the nose, trap irritants, contaminants, bacteria, viruses, fungi, vehicle exhaust and other materials. But not all particles are trapped here.
     There are also cells in the respiratory tract expecially designed to engulf and rid the body of foreign particles. These particles irritate the tissues, causing them to swell and produce extra mucus. The lining of respiratory tract becomes uncomfortable and sore, and swelling and mucus eventually obstruct the passages. If particles are trapped further down in the tract, bronchitis and asthma may result.
     Since oxygen is so vital to the energy needs of the body, it is essential that we maintain healthy lungs by breathing unpolluted air as much as possible and by in general supplying the body with good nutrition.

Important Nutrients for the Respiratory System
     The respiratory system supplies the body with oxygen, enabling the body to produce energy. If the respiratory system's efficiency diminishes, the body's energy process will suffer.
     The body's upper respiratory system is responsible for filtering, humidifying, warming and helping to keep the passageways to the lungs clear of foreign matter. The lungs are the center of the body's respiratory system, and are responsible for the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the blood. 
     The respiratory system relies on antioxidants, such as vitamin E and beta carotene. These nutrients are essential for healthy function of delicate lung and bronchial tissues, including the removal of irritants that we get from auto exhaust, smoke, volatile solvents, and unclean air.
     Especially rich sources of antioxidants are fresh vegetables and fruits. Studies have shown that most people fail to eat the minimum recommended daily amounts of these foods and therefore fall short of important nutrients.
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Only 2-3 percent of the total energy expended by the body is required for normal, quiet respiration. But during heavy exercise that need increases as much as 25 times. In normal breathing, 8,000 milliliters or 15 pints of air are circulated through the lungs each minute.
Alveoli
Sinuses - Responsible for filtration, temperatature control and humidification of air as it enters the body.
Cilia - Hairlike structures lining the passageways to filter particles from incoming oxygen.
Trachea (windpipe) - the lining of the trachea includes cells that secrete mucus and other cells that bear minute, harilike cilia. The mucus helps trap tiny particles in inhaled air. 
Cilia - The beating of the cilia moves the mucus upward and out to the respiratory tract, thereby helping to keep the lungs and airways free.
Larynx - Carries air to and from the lungs.
Bronchus - The air passage into the lungs. Each lung has one main bronchus, originating at the end of the trachea, that is divided into smaller branches known as segmental bronchi. These then further divide into bronchioles.
Alveoli - Tiny Air sacs in the lungs at the ends of a bronchiole. Inhaled oxygen is absorbed into the bloodstream by capillaries in the thin wall of each alveolus, and carbon dioxide passes the other way (from the blood into the lungs) to be breathed out. There are about 300 million alveoli in each lung.
If you have two or more of the following indications, you may consider nutritional aid to the respiratory system.
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Body odor and/or bad breath
• Eat meat more than 3 times a week
• Food allergies
• Smoking
• Regular consumption of dairy products
• Low endurance/stamina
• Exposure to air pollution daily
• Respiratory, sinus or allergy problems
Lifestyle Suggestions:
• Lose weight if overweight.
• Avoid smoking.
• Walk outside daily for fresh air.
• Avoid dairy products when congested.
• Practice deep breathing exercises.
• Sing and laugh.
       
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