What is EENT and the Respiratory System?
EENT stands for Ears, Eyes, Nose and Throat.
The Respiratory System consists of the nose, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), lungs, trachea and bronchi. Its how we breathe and provide oxygen to our red blood cells. We also rid the body of carbon dioxide and other toxins via the respiratory system.
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Humans can detect over 1 trillion scents! The nose has around 400 different types of receptors that can detect various odors. With so much smelling power, it’s no wonder that scents have such an effective ability to alter our mood, bring back a memory, or create a desire within us. Essential oils are a true testament to how a scent can improve many health concerns we may have by inhaling their aroma. For example, placing a few drops of eucalyptus oil in hot water and inhaling the steam can help with breathing difficulty while doing the same with basil oil can help relieve upset stomach and gas. The Ancient Egyptians were the first recorded culture to use essential oils medicinally. They used them to make ointments, incense, medicines, perfumes and cosmetics. They developed many resins, spices and aromatic vinegars from the oils of plants that grew along the Nile River. The Greeks began using essential oils with the first recorded use documented as the oils being gifts or trades from the Egyptians. Hypocrites wrote having a perfumed bath and a scented massage with such oils was the path toward well-being and good health.
FACT: When you exhale, you not only expel carbon dioxide, but you also breathe out a lot of water. If you are breathing faster, like during exercise, you are losing even more water. We lose about 300-500 ml of water a day through normal breathing. Even more reason to hydrate and drink more water!
How can lifestyle affect your eye health?
Just like the effects on our general health, eating a healthy diet can affect our eye health as well. Eating foods such as oily fish, citrus fruits, carrots, quinoa and spinach can improve your chances of maintaining healthy eyesight throughout your lifetime. Obesity can lead to idiopathic intracranial hypertension, where as high as 10% of these patients lose their sight permanently. Drinking alcohol can lead to blurry or double vision due to weakening the muscles in your eyes. Alcohol also affects vitamin absorption rate in the liver, thereby causing deficiencies in certain vitamins and nutrients that can lead to poor eye health. The eye’s ability to detect differences in light and dark conditions can be affected by up to 30% from drinking alcohol. Technology is another culprit in eye health decline, causing dry eyes, eye fatigue and blurred vision from too much screen time. Adjusting screen brightness, blinking often and sitting far enough away so that the screen is five inches below eye level are all helpful to the eye. Smoking doubles your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Smoking can also cause or worsen glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, dry eyes, and cataracts. Lastly, exercise is proven to increase oxygen supply to the optic nerve and reduce pressure in the eye. This is a great benefit considering our eyes need oxygen to maintain optimal performance.
Monaco Suggests These Supplements For Optimal EENT and Respiratory Health:
FACT: Chronic acid reflux that brings stomach acid all the way up to the back of the throat can be damaging to the upper throat. This condition is referred to as layngopharyngeal reflux, or LPR. Symptoms can include burning or rawness in the throat, hoarseness, frequent throat clearing, feeling a lump in the throat, choking episodes, coughing that wakes you at night, or voice problems. Eating smaller meals, avoiding eating 2-3 hours before bed, increasing fiber, fruits and veggies in your diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and elevating the head of the bed by six inches can all help LPR.
We also suggest these supplements if you have a problem with GERD:
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