The lungs are responsible for removing oxygen from the air we breathe and transferring it to our blood where it can be sent to our cells. The lungs also remove carbon dioxide when we exhale.
According to the American Lung Association, adults typically take 15 to 20 breaths a minute, which comes to around 20,000 breaths a day. Babies tend to breath faster than adults. For example, a newborn’s normal breathing rate is about 40 times each minute while the average resting respiratory rate for adults is 12 to 16 breaths per minute.
The large intestine consists of the cecum and colon. It continues from the small intestine and begins just at or below the right waist and continues up the abdomen. Thereafter it traverses across the width of the abdominal cavity, continuing to its ending at the anus.
Some Functions of the large intestine
Completing the process of digestion from the small intestine by absorbing water from the remaining indigestible food, making stools solid, and temporarily storing the stool.
Absorption of vitamins and mineral ions such as sodium and chloride made by bacteria that normally live in the large intestine. These are friendly bacteria called commensal bacteria. maintaining a resident population of over 500 species of bacteria.
Source: Live Science
The skin is one of the largest organs in the body in surface area and weight. The skin consists of two layers: the epidermis and the dermis. Beneath the dermis lies the hypodermis or subcutaneous fatty tissue. The skin has three main functions: protection, regulation and sensation. Wounding affects all the functions of the skin.
The primary function of the skin is to act as a barrier. The skin provides protection from: mechanical impacts and pressure, variations in temperature, micro-organisms, radiation and chemicals.
The skin regulates several aspects of physiology, including: body temperature via sweat and hair, and changes in peripheral circulation and fluid balance via sweat. It also acts as a reservoir for the synthesis of Vitamin D.
The skin contains an extensive network of nerve cells that detect and relay changes in the environment. There are separate receptors for heat, cold, touch, and pain. Damage to these nerve cells is known as neuropathy, which results in a loss of sensation in the affected areas. Patients with neuropathy may not feel pain when they suffer injury, increasing the risk of severe wounding or the worsening of an existing wound.
TORTORA GJ. AND GRABOWSKI SR. (1993) PRINCIPLES OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY. HARPERCOLLINS COLLEGE PUBLISHERS.
Grief + sadness directly impacts the lungs and restricts movement. This overwhelms our ability to ‘let go.’ Sadness + grief can be challenging to process because it stirs up regrets, insecurities, and unresolved issues.
We can experience ‘negative’ emotions, but when any one of them become excessive or are not properly expressed and healed, they can damage their respective organ systems. It also can manifest as more severe + chronic emotions such as depression and even rage.
Emotionally and physically, the lung/large intestine, is responsible for helping you “let go” of whatever you don’t need, from life experiences to emotions, to actual metabolic by-products. Think of the lung as exhaling/letting go of those thoughts/feeling you no longer want to think/feel. The large intestine is forming stools to assist in letting go of the dead stuff & waste.
Symptoms of Lung Imbalance: Shortness of breath and shallow breathing, sweating, fatigue, cough, frequent cold and flu, allergies, asthma, and other lung conditions. Dry skin. Depression and crying. Runny nose, sneezing, congested sinuses, loss of smell, can all be symptoms of compromised Lung function bc the nose is the sensory organ.
Many foods support the lung and the large intestine, but emphasis on spicy, + white foods.
Source: Setareh Moafi @acenterfornaturalhealing
Depression is a brain disorder that can lead to much emotional anguish. Changes in how your brain functions also can have a big effect on your body. Depression symptoms can manifest in physical problems that can affect anything from your heart to your immune system.
A person’s psychological state is an important factor in health. If one feels abandoned but does not feel anger, they become depressed and lose confidence in themselves. The stress hormones released after can irritate the skin. Depression influences the health of a person either by having a direct relationship with the immune system, or by indirectly influencing how a person takes care of themselves. -Beaton
Symptoms of Depression
Increased aches and pains
Decreased interest in sex
Insomnia, lack of deep sleep, or oversleeping
Depressed mood on most days, including feelings of sadness or emptiness
Loss of pleasure in previously enjoyed activities
Unintended weight loss or gain
Changes in appetite
Low energy or fatigue
Feeling worthless or guilty
Trouble concentrating or making decisions
Intrusive thoughts of death or suicide
Some Treatments for Depression
Having a support system
Challenge negative thoughts
Organs affected: lungs, skin, large intestine.
Negative emotions: sadness/depression
Positive emotions: courage/righteousness
Decreased oxygen in the blood
Matthew 14:27 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” Titus 2:12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God
Psalms 143:7 Come quickly, LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.
Psalms 31: 10 I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness. Sin has drained my strength; I am wasting away from within.
1 Timothy 6:11 But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness