One of our clinics recently received this heartfelt poem, written by a patient whose sleep problems we were able to put to rest at last. We thought we’d share their creative and thoughtful work! Enjoy:
EAT, SLEEP, AND BREATHE AMERICA
Life Can Be Difficult Even When You Feel Your Best
But When Night After Night You Can’t Sleep You Get Very Little Rest
You Wake Up Each Morning Feeling Exhaustion And Dread
It Takes All Your Strength Just To Get Out Of Bed
Even After You Drink Several Cups Of Coffee
You Still Feel Worn Out And Your Mind Is Foggy
You Finally Realize Something Has To Be Done
Because Your Lack Of Sleep Is Affecting Everyone
You Remember Seeing A Company Called Breathe America That Treats Sleep Disorders
So You Decide To Call, Hoping They Will Be Able To Give You Some Answers
The Moment You Walk In You Feel This Is The Right Place
The Ladies At The Front Desk Welcome You With A Smile On Their Face
Surprisingly That Same Atmosphere Follows You To The Back
You Can Tell It Is Genuine And Not Just An Act
The Physician Was Knowledgeable And Seemed To Honestly Be Concerned About Your Health
Not Just About The Company’s Bottom Line And His Own Personal Wealth
I Checked Out Feeling Confident That My Sleep Issues Were Addressed
I Can’t Begin To Say How The Entire Staff Left Me Impressed
I Can’t Wait To Tell Others About My Experience At Breathe America
And As Far As I’m Concerned They Are The Best Sleep Clinic In Our Area
It’s a seemingly obvious but sadly little-known fact that your heart health directly affects your breathing. With February being American Heart Month, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to talk about this relationship!
For starters, the heart and lungs are teammates on what’s called pulmonary and systemic circulation. In the pulmonary circulation process, the right side of your heart pics up the oxygen-poor blood from your body and moves it to your lungs to be cleaned and re-oxygenized. Once that blood is re-oxygenized, the left side of the heart moves moves the blood through the body, so that every part of your receives the oxygen it needs—this left-side-function is called systemic circulation.
Fun fact: it takes only about 16 minutes for blood to travel from the heart to the toes and back!
Now, we run into problems when this (impressive, but fallible) heart muscle stops working at top capacity. Oftentimes, serious heart problems—like congestive heart failure, tachycardia, pulmonary edema, or cardiomyopathy—are accompanied by a shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Whenever it becomes hard to breathe when you’re not exerting yourself physically, that’s a tell tale sign that you’ve got something more serious happening with your heart.
How to Stay Heart Healthy
We’ve talked about this before, but doing regular cardio exercise is great for not only your heart (and your body!) but also for your lungs! And while exercise is certainly critical, it can’t reverse the negative effects of a poor diet on your heart.
We don’t mean that you should consider depriving yourself of delicious foods! We only mean that you should start incorporating more healthy decisions into your daily routine. These heart-healthy diets involve truly delicious foods. We challenge you to give at least one of them a try!
If you’ve been experiencing any of the lung issues we described, give us a call immediately so that we can assess your situation.
Not every Ear, Nose, and Throat physician is exactly alike. There are a wide range of specialties that each physician may choose, and the one that you decide to work with may not specialize in the kind of care your airway needs.
When we match our patients with a physician, we take these important elements into consideration. That way, we can be sure that our patients are getting the absolute best care available to them. We encourage you to make sure that you’re working with a physician that meets these crucial patient needs:
Experience in a wide range of specialties.
Otolaryngologists—more commonly referred to as Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians—are trained in both medical and surgical management of ear, nose, and throat disorders. Some are more experienced in sinus, some in allergies, and others in head and neck issues. At BreatheAmerica, we’re passionate about having physicians who have experience in all areas affected by the airway, so that they can look at your symptoms and pinpoint exactly where they might be coming from. We call this approach “One Airway, One Disease,” and it works wonders.
Deep experience in common ENT issues.
At BreatheAmerica, we specialize primarily in allergy, asthma, COPD, sinusitis and sleep treatment. When hiring care providers, it’s crucial that they have extensive experience in more than one of these areas, so that there’s always an expert on our team for whichever issue our patient is dealing with.
Relationships with other experienced, qualified physicians.
It’s also important to us that we hire only care providers—whether that be a physician, a physician’s assistant, or a nurse practitioner—who is deeply connected in the medical community surrounding our area of expertise. When they’re active in the community of medical knowledge, that shows us that they’re truly passionate about treating our patients with the wisest, most advanced treatment on the market.
Wondering if you’re working with a care provider who meets these needs? If you’re working with BreatheAmerica, you can bet on it. If not, we can’t be sure! Go ahead and give us a call so that you can start working with the best care providers in the business today.
We’ve talked before about the surprising foods that can help to ease sinus or allergy symptoms—find that blog here—but today we’ve got tips for how to permanently tweak your diet for optimal airway health. Take notes!
This may be surprising, but avoiding dairy is actually a quick way to decrease mucus production, avoid seasonal allergies, and even avoid asthma attacks. It may not work for everyone, but it’s worth a shot based on the successes of many patients who have seen great success after cutting dairy from their diets.
Incorporate More Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and veggies, especially those high in vitamin C—like apples, oranges, grapes, tomatoes, spinach, and broccoli—fights against nasal congestion. We love this list of foods and how they benefit allergy and asthma sufferers!
Snack on Nuts
Unless you have a nut allergy, snacking on nuts instead of easy-to-grab, processed snacks can help to reduce inflammation, which is a great help to reducing sinusitis symptoms. The list in this article is really helpful for identifying which foods in your diet may be causing inflammation.
Stop Skipping Workouts
We know workouts aren’t necessarily part of your diet, but maintaining a healthy body certainly contributes not only to the way your body digests and metabolizes food, but it allows you to keep off weight and condition your lungs for better ease of breathing.
Here, we explain exactly how regular cardio workouts contribute to lung health!
Thinking that you need help pinpointing the specific causes of your allergies and sinusitis?
We’re experts at that. And our comprehensive treatment plans also incorporate diet changes to make sure that you breathe easier for life! Give us a call so that we can create your personal treatment plan today.
Because of this, crowded, high-stress situations can be incredibly difficult for people with COPD, and the holidays are just that! Here are just a few ways to make this season as enjoyable as possible.
Let your family know that you need to take it slow.
Maybe you don’t want to announce to everyone that you need to sit down a little more this year, but you should at least let the people closest to you know that you don’t need to take on so much this year.
They’ll meet you with understanding and give you the space you need.
Find a calm space.
Especially if you have lots of young kids in your family, holiday gatherings can quickly become hectic and stressful.
Talk to some adults about designating a “calm space” that’s away from the bustling kitchen and kids, where you can escape and take a breather if needed.
You don’t want to alienate yourself during the time of year that’s all about family and togetherness!
The best way to stay involved is to do what you can to prepare in the weeks and days before the holiday, so that you have some special things to do with family when the time comes.
Here are a few activities that are easy to prepare for and are incredibly special for the holiday season:
Gather a few favorite family photo albums and have them ready to pass around and go through with family.
Make copies of some famous family recipes and either give them as gifts or hand them out before making the recipe together with family. You can cook at your own pace and use family members as helpers in the kitchen!
Bring your favorite family board games. It will give everyone an opportunity to sit down and enjoy each other.
Suggest a favorite family holiday movie. Everyone will appreciate the chance to snuggle up and feel festive together!
You’d be amazed at how easily you can breathe, even if it’s been years since you were able to.
Not sure if you have COPD? Check out this blog post on the topic! If those symptoms sound like what you’ve been experiencing, go ahead and give us a call so that we can get you on track to permanent healing today.
For those of us with hay fever, it’s not always difficult to tell what’s making us sneeze—whether it be a pet, a dusty fluffing of furniture, or a bouquet of flowers that’s extra pollen-filled. The culprit for Christmas trees can, surprisingly, be a little harder to pinpoint.
Type of Tree
While true pine allergies are pretty uncommon, that is the most likely allergy that you may have to a type of tree. If that’s the case, you know all year-round that pine trees trigger your allergy symptoms. If you want a natural Christmas tree you can always choose another kind, like a fir, spruce, or cypress! The Leyland cypress is actually famous for being sterile—meaning that it doesn’t produce pollen.
Ever wondered why Christmas tree farms have those tree shakers? It’s to shake out all the loose needles and debris that have been making a home in your tree! This debris carries pollen, dust, dirt, and all the classic allergy triggers that you work so hard to avoid. You want to be sure that you’ve gotten as much of that out as possible before bringing your tree inside.
Sad news—both natural and artificial trees are likely to be home to a variety of molds! As you probably know, mold is a serious threat to both allergies and asthma, and it’s a top offender in respiratory-related illnesses. Check out this super helpful article on how to get the mold out of your Christmas tree.
Do you have one of those nice storage bags for your artificial Christmas trees? If not, you need one! Why? Because left uncovered, your tree spends all year collecting dust, just for you to pull it through the house and into its spot for the holidays. From there, it will radiate dust and allergens until you put it away again! If your tree looks even remotely dusty, you need to give it a deep clean outside before setting it up.
Are you one of those festive people who like to put real-Christmas-tree-smelling scent sticks in your tree? Do you like to have holiday candles burning around the house? Well, those artificial scents could be the reason why your fragrance-sensitive loved ones are sneezing!
Are you struggling with incessant sneezing during the holidays?
Go ahead and give us a call! We can create a treatment plan that will get you on track to year-round, life-long healing!
Did you know that there are 26.9 million Americans diagnosed with chronic sinusitis? (Hey! Have you heard that you don’t have to put up with sinus infections any more? Learn how we can help you put an end to them here!) If you’re one of those people, you’ve probably experienced the myriad of aches and pains that come with the disease.
Of course, we’re all familiar with the throbbing headaches and nasal pressure that come with sinusitis, but have you ever been one of the unlucky victims of sinusitis jaw pain? It’s a real thing, and it can be really, really painful.
So, how does it work?
To explain, we’ll go back to the basic functions of your sinuses. Their purpose is to use mucus to trap bacteria in the air before it can enter your lungs. These sinuses are located in your cheekbones, between your eyes, and above the bridge of your nose.
Sinus infections usually cause swelling, and when that swelling becomes really severe, it can even reach to your jaw. The same phenomenon happens when your sinus infection causes tooth or ear pain!
So, if you’re checking out this blog post because you’re trying to diagnose the severe jaw pain that you’ve been experiencing, start by asking yourself if you’re experiencing any of the other symptoms of a sinus infection (this is a great list of symptoms, here!). If you’re not showing any of those signs, it’s probably time to look into TMJ or TMD solutions.
If your jaw pain IS accompanied by other sinus symptoms, then you’re in luck!
There’s a solution to the sinus infections that you regularly experience, even if you’ve come to expect that they’re just a fact of life. Our personalized, mapped-out treatment plans have guided hundreds of patients towards a life free of allergy and sinus symptoms.
We’re often asked about how we treat patients with COPD, so we thought we’d take a moment to quickly answer that question here on our blog!
The answer is yes and no.
We regularly treat COPD in patients whose COPD is in combination with their asthma or allergies.
If a patient is showing symptoms of COPD without also showing any asthma or allergy symptoms, we will likely refer them to a Pulmonologist, who can better treat their case.
Why do we work this way?
Well, it all goes back to our “One Airway, One Disease” mantra. At BreatheAmerica, we’re experts at understanding total airway health. In our experience, we’ve found that most patients with asthma also have allergies, and that those airway issues also lend themselves to symptoms of other diseases, like COPD.
When a patient comes in, we do a comprehensive consultation, where we’ll look at how all parts of their airway is functioning. Oftentimes, the cure for their asthma is actually found by treating the causes of their allergies!
When it comes to COPD treatment, we’re able to most effectively treat COPD when its root causes stem from their allergies or asthma.
Because that’s our specialty!
So, if a patient comes to us with COPD symptoms and we find that their case is independent from the rest of their airway health, we’ll send them to a trusted Pulmonologist who can provide them with much more comprehensive treatment than we can!
Looking into this because you or a loved one has been showing signs of COPD? Don’t hesitate to schedule your personal consultation. The sooner we’re able to make your diagnosis, the better!
When winter finally arrives, we welcome it with open arms!
Sweaters, fires, Christmas cheer—what could go wrong?
We at BreatheAmerica know exactly what goes wrong with winter.
Our patients often struggle with chronic sinusitis during this time of year, and, if not that, they struggle with a constant cough that accompanies their allergies, asthma, or COPD.
These struggles are all byproducts of the season change! Luckily, we have a few tricks up our sleeves for mitigating the triggers that make us sick and miserable during what should be the happiest time of the year.
When you’re struggling with a constant cough, it can be tempting to lean on cough drops for temporary relief. While they can help, they don’t have the healing benefits that sipping on herbal teas can provide.
While sipping on hot water, lemon, and honey can go a long way in relieving your throat, there are also a few other herbs that we highly recommend for mitigating the pain of both a sore throat and sinus pressure.
Find our tea recommendations for sinusitis here, and some great sore throat teas here.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it a thousand more times: The BEST way to keep fall and winter indoor allergies at bay is to keep a clean house!
Fight off those dust bunnies and get rid of as much pet hair as you can—FREQUENTLY—because you and your family will be spending a lot of time breathing that indoor air this winter.
Take HOT Showers
Adding this trick to your shower routine will not only make your bath time more spa-like, but it will also help open up your sinuses!
If you have time for a little relaxation, block the doorway draft with a towel to turn your bathroom into a sauna!
Take a few minutes to sit in the steam and breathe in some eucalyptus-filled air. Your winter-dry skin, lungs, AND your sinuses will thank you.
Contrary to what our mothers told us, you actually can’t catch a cold just from going out with wet hair in the winter.
But there is some truth to their reprimands!
Forgetting to bundle up can leave you exposed to the many, many viruses floating around during this time of year.
So take advantage of the excuse to layer up with sweaters and hats. Even more importantly—WASH YOUR HANDS!
Take advantage of the time indoors this season by getting to spend time with your family!
Make it your goal to learn something new about the people in your family this year.
Take the time to cut out some of the habits or routines in your family that’s causing stress. Reducing your family’s stress levels can, after all, have tremendous health benefits for all of you!
You just may find improvement not only in your family relationships, but also in your sleep habits, focus, and even weight.
We hope you enjoy these helpful blog posts!
If you’re local to one of our New Mexico or Louisiana offices, call us today to learn how you can benefit from our revolutionary method for achieving total airway health.