Now more than ever, it is important to monitor your health. And one often
overlooked area of health is also one of your body’s most critical
organs: your lungs. Lung health is essential for breathing, but also to
ensure every organ in your body receives the oxygen it needs to function
properly. Read more about the best ways to keep your lungs strong:
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Cigarette smoke can narrow the air passages, destroy lung tissue and make
breathing more difficult. If you currently smoke, there is no better time
than right now to quit.
Exercise improves lung capacity and increases blood flow to your lungs.
In turn, your lungs are then able to deliver more oxygen to your other
organs. Adults should strive for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity
five days a week.
Avoid Indoor Pollutants
Indoor pollutants such as secondhand smoke, chemicals in the home and workplace,
and radon can cause or worsen lung disease. Additionally, mold, dust,
and pet dander can all get into your lungs and cause irritation. Make
your home smoke-free and clean, dust all surfaces and vacuum at least
once a week
Avoid Outdoor Pollutants
The air quality outside can vary from day to day and can sometimes be unhealthy
to breathe due to emissions caused by motor vehicles, solid fuel burning
and smoke. One of the many weather apps will alert you to air quality
issues so you can alter your routine as necessary.
Take Some Deep Breaths
Breathing exercises can make your lungs more efficient. Sit somewhere quiet
and slowly breathe in through your nose alone. Then breathe out at least
twice as long through your mouth, while counting your breaths. As a bonus,
breathing exercises can help you feel less stressed and more relaxed.
Colds or other respiratory infections can become very serious. Protect
yourself by washing your hands frequently with soap and water, get a seasonal
flu vaccine and stay home if you are feeling ill.
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