The respiratory system is primarily comprised of the nose, mouth, trachea, lungs and airways in the body. It is responsible for allowing human beings to breathe in oxygen and to breathe out carbon dioxide. Oxygen helps the body utilize energy, and carbon dioxide is the waste, or left over materials from the body’s respiratory processes. The body needs a continuous supply of oxygen and has a continuous need to expel the waste. Breathing is normally an uninterrupted activity and is necessary for the body to be alive.
Ability to laugh and change activity with ease and no impediments
Ability to exercise and utilize the body’s full mobility capacity
Warning signs include:
Shortness of breath
Pain the chest, lungs or airways
Persistent cough or wheezing
Consistent fluid build up or bloating
Decrease in energy, constant fatigue
Decrease in activity leading to overall unhealthy habits and poor overall health
Pain and/or dizziness when changing activities
High levels of anxiety
Fear of death
Pale or bluish lips and nail beds
Breathing is something that can be easily monitored at anytime. Ask yourself: Am I breathing freely with ease? Do I have any chest pain or tightness? Am I coughing or wheezing? How is my energy overall? These questions can help you determine if you need to change your activities or seek help.
Utilize deep breathing exercises
If warning signs are present, it’s also likely time to seek support to prevent any further dangers.