If someone told you to live healthily, what would you first think of?
Diet to maintain a good weight and lowering the risk of heart issues and diabetes? Exercising to prevent your joints and muscles from aching and keeping you nimble?
How about your respiratory system?
While most people want to get healthier, rarely do they think about keeping their respiratory system, particularly their lungs, healthy
The lungs, along with the airways, blood vessels and muscles connected to them carry oxygen throughout the body and making everything we do possible. So, when our respiratory system fails, the entire body will suffer from it.
Now, how do you keep your lungs healthy?
Getting regular exercise keeps your lungs in good shape.
During exercise, the heart beats faster and the lungs work harder. Because the body needs more oxygen in order to fuel your muscles, the lungs also need to work harder to deliver more oxygen while removing extra carbon dioxide.
And the more you exercise, the more efficient your lungs should be. A healthy and strong pair of lungs can help better resist disease and aging.
2: Avoid Pollutants
Pollutants in the air can damage your lungs and hasten its aging. While young, the lungs can easily resist toxins, however, as it gets older, they become more vulnerable to such irritants.
So, how do you avoid exposure?
- Avoid exercising near heavy traffics
- Try not to go outside during the peak air pollution times
- Stay away from smokers and avoid secondhand smoke
- Consider wearing mask
3: Smoke No More
Everyone knows that smoking may lead to lung cancer. But that’s not all. Smoking is all associated with most lung diseases such as asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and COPD.
Regardless of how long you have been smoking or how old you are, you need to stop smoking. But if you’re finding it difficult to stop, you can try vapes.
3: Stay Safe From Infections
As you age, infections can be really dangerous for your lungs. And to those who already have lung diseases such as COPD have a significantly higher risk of infections.
So, the best way to avoid lung infections is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water. Good oral hygiene also helps protect you from the germs inside your mouth so make sure to brush at least 2 times a day.
Avoid touching your face as much as possible and avoid crowds during the flu and cold season. Make sure to get vaccinated annually against influenza and ask your doctor if a vaccine for pneumonia is right for you.
4: Keep Your Home Pollutant-Free
Your home is supposed to be a sanctuary. And while there’s no way to keep your home completely pollutant-free, here are some tips to decrease indoor pollutants.
- Dust furniture
- Open windows every day to increase air ventilation
- Make your home a smoke-free zone
- Use natural cleaning products
- Avoid synthetic air fresheners. Use aromatherapy diffusers and essential oils instead.
- Add greenery to your home. Not fake, but real plants.