What is phlegm?
Phlegm is a natural part of the body, an important element in your passive immune system. The passive immune system is everything in your body that exists to protect your insides from outside irritants such as dust, smoke, bacteria and viruses 24/7.
Phlegm exists in your airways as a sort of net which catches foreign particles you breathe in and dissolves them before they can do any harm. However, it can build in excess to the point of discomfort or even health risk.
What causes phlegm buildup?
Phlegm build up is caused by a variety of factors such as:
- inhalation of irritants such as smoke or dust
- viral or bacterial infection
- Pre existing conditions (for example, Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Cystic Fibrosis)
All can cause severe phlegm buildup. If you are showing other symptoms of an infection, visit a GP to ensure you get proper treatment. Phlegm buildup can be uncomfortable, causing coughing and breathing difficulties, so how do we get rid of phlegm from our chest naturally?
How to clear phlegm from the lungs
Huff Coughing Technique
- Sit comfortably upright on a chair with your feet on the ground.
- Inhale through your nose, slightly deeper than a normal breath.
- Tense your stomach muscles and exhale in 3 even breaths through your mouth, while making the sound ‘ha’ ‘ha’ ‘ha’. (Imagine you are misting a mirror with your breath)
Repeat this, keeping your stomach muscles firm, until you feel the phlegm breaking up. You can then take a deep cough to remove excess phlegm and clear your lungs. A Huff cough should be less tiring than a traditional cough, and it can keep you from feeling worn out when coughing up excess phlegm.
Chest physiotherapy is used to help loosen & mobilize phlegm in the lungs and respiratory tract to induce a cough, removing excess phlegm.
Your therapist will devise an individualized programme consisting of a variety of mechanical manoeuvres including chest percussion, vibration, and postural drainage.
Some can be done alone and others may require help from a partner. While you are having chest physiotherapy you should inhale and exhale deeply and slowly until the phlegm is loosened enough to be expelled.
What is Turboforte Lung Physio?
Turboforte is a medicinal treatment that is all natural and does not require a prescription. Unlike decongestant medication, which use medicine to constrict blood vessels, thereby reducing inflammation and allowing for easier breathing.
Turboforte is much simpler, and you can feel it working.
Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) technology is used by our patented, FDA approved device to relieve congestion.
It’s as simple as you exhaling through the device, a metal ball bearing in the cap is forced to move up and down by the positive pressure of your breath, sending vibrations through your lips and down into your airways.
These vibrations paired with the positive pressure can loosen phlegm, clear airways and exercise your lungs.
Simply exhale through the device for a ten minute period, the vibrations will free phlegm and the pressure will encourage it to move upwards through your airways, so be prepared to cough up your now loosened chest congestion, leaving behind nothing but healthy lungs.