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Protecting our lungs should be our priority especially now when the pollution is at its peak and Covid-19 has affected the lungs of many people. The lung is an important organ of our body and just like other body parts it needs care. With aging it loses its flexibility & strength, it becomes lose.
We should adopt healthy habits to recover the lungs. Here are a few tips for having a healthy lung.
Everyone knows smoking is injurious to health. It’s a renowned fact that smoking is associated with many lung diseases and even lung cancer
Diseases associated with smoking:
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Lung cancer
It has been reported that smokers are 12-13 times more likely to suffer from lung diseases in comparison with non-smokers.
Cigarette consists of various chemicals like nicotine, tobacco, carbon monoxide, tar, etc. These toxins cause damage to the lungs and are carcinogenic.
Smoking causes permanent changes in the lungs and fibrosis (thickening of lungs) which would reduce the air space in the lungs and make it difficult to breathe.
Studies state that quitting smoking would start lung healing within 12-24 hours.
Regular exercise is the best way to increase lung capacity and makes it healthy. When we exercise the heart and lungs work harder to provide the body the extra oxygen to meet their need. It expels the excessive Carbon dioxides and makes our body healthy.
Regular Exercise for Healthy Body and Lungs
We should avoid pollutants but it’s a difficult task when we have pollutants everywhere. We should do our part in reducing pollutants.
- Use Car Pool, Shuttles, Metro, etc
- Switch off car engine waiting at red light or car is idle
- Use public transport
- Work from home
- Reduce travel time
- Avoid rush hours for travel
Even the indoor air is full of pollutants so we should take extra measures to keep indoors pollutant free
- Smoke-free zone inside the home
- Dust and vacuum the house once a week
- Keep house ventilated for circulation of air
- Avoid synthetic air fresheners and use natural oils for fragrance
- Keep house aerated to avoid molds, fungi, dust
- Use air purifiers
- Indoor garden
Treat Lung Infections Properly
Infections of the lung could be dangerous esp when the lung is already compromised. Visit the doctor as soon as possible for proper treatment.
Maintain clean habits to avoid infections
- Keep hands clean
- Avoid touching of face or nose
- Cover mouth while sneezing or coughing
- Use face masks when you have an infection.
Keep your body hydrated. Due to air conditioning, our requirement for fluid is less which is very harmful to our lungs. Drink plenty of water to keep the body and air hydrated. Our lungs develop cough due to constant exposure to dried air and use the water from the body to hydrate the lungs.
Keep your body hydrated for healthy lungs
I hope my post was helpful to you. I Will be back soon with more healthy tips.
Be Healthy, Be Happy
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