Dr Oz: Asthma Versus Common Cold
When the temperature drops, your chances of catching a cold go up, but so do your chances of having an asthma attack. But would you be able to tell the difference? With asthma, your lungs can’t get enough air, causing your to breathe faster. There are “balls of air” inside the lungs that are surrounded by blood vessels. The tubes that bring oxygen in are large and round, but can constrict during an asthma attack. Remedies like meditation and relaxation can help make breathing easier again, and inhalers use medicine to achieve the same effect.
To help you tell the difference between the common cold and asthma, Dr Oz shared three tips. First, grab a straw. Take a deep breath in and then try to blow all the air out through the straw. If you feel as if you’re short of breath, you likely have asthma.
Then, pay attention to how your breath sounds. If it sounds more like a wheeze, you’re likely suffering from asthma. Finally, if you’re experiencing chest tightness, it’s another sign of asthma.
Dr Oz: HealthCorps & Promoting Good Health In Kids
On a different note, Dr Oz then took the time to hear from two youth group volunteers who are changing the lives of kids in their community. At the heart of HealthCorps, a non-profit Dr Oz and his wife Lisa created, are coordinators who dedicate two years to teach health and wellness to people in their communities. So far, two million children have benefited from their time and efforts.
Coordinators work in high schools to inspire students to get involved in their own communities, to promote better health and habits. Ryan and Camille both took part in the program and were inspired to make changes in their own lives to better themselves.