How to Keep Your Lungs Healthy

August 4, 2017

Going out with your friends and family, having a morning or afternoon jog at the city park, or just taking a walk on your neighborhood. These are some of the usual activities that you think will help you stay fit and healthy, but may actually not.

Why, you ask? Our surroundings are not smoke or pollution-free which can cause you several illnesses--especially respiratory-related ones. That is why this National Lung Month, we have prepared you a short list of tips on how to keep your lungs healthy and keep most respiratory sickness at bay.

1. Quit smoking or avoid second-hand smoke

According to World Health Organization, smoking kills more than 7 million people each year, 14% of which are deaths caused by second-hand smoke. The most common diseases that are caused by smoking is lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.

Not only that, it can also cause non-respiratory ailments such as cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke. Everytime you smoke a cigarette, you inhale thousands of chemicals into your lungs, including nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar giving you a higher chance of having these diseases. Studies have claimed that nonsmokers who breathe in second-hand smoke take in nicotine and chemicals twice--making the second-hand smoker sicker than the actual smoker.

No matter how old you are or how long you’ve been a smoker, quitting can still help. It may not be easy, but it’s worth it.

2. Avoid being exposed to air pollution

Going out, having a quick stroll on parks, and walking on your way home from work are activities that are actually good for you. We all know that the surroundings are not smoke and pollution free and yes, your body has its own defense mechanism that protects you from the pollutants that surrounds you but it’s best to avoid being exposed to it. It’s also important to do your part in minimizing outdoor pollution by using eco-friendly products.

Studies have shown that being constantly exposed to pollution can damage your lungs over time which may also lead to COPD and cancer.

3. Keep your surroundings clean

Believe it or not, even the air inside your home can be laden with toxins. We suggest that you clean your carpets and upholstery at least two to three times a year but make sure to minimize the use of harsh cleaners and aerosol sprays. Schedule a regular inspection and have your air conditioner cleaned by a professional.

Adding plants can also increase the oxygen level and air quality of your home.

4. Practice good oral hygiene

You read it right, good oral hygiene can help keep your lungs healthy. Studies have shown that aside from other oral health problems, several lung diseases such as bronchitis and pneumonia can also be acquired from the bacteria coming from the mouth.

It was explained by experts that these are sometimes found on tiny droplets of saliva which are carried to the lungs each time you breathe. That’s why it is important to take care of your oral health to avoid infections and inflammations in your lungs.

5. Be physically active

Being physically active not just strengthen your muscles and immune system but it also improves your lung capacity. Do exercises that promote healthy lungs and allow the body to transport the oxygen faster and more efficient. Breathing exercise serves as a workout for your lungs making it work more efficient than before.

As ironic as it may seem, there is a scientific explanation that regular exercise will help boost your energy and reduce fatigue or exhaustion. We have also learned from HealthLine that creating strong lungs through exercise can help slow down aging and decrease your chances of having diseases. Who would’ve thought, right?

Now that you already know how to keep your lungs healthy, always remember to take these tips into consideration when you decide to improve your lifestyle. While you are protecting your health and by doing what’s on the list, it’s best to get further protection in the form of a hospitalization plan should you still develop any kind of sickness despite reducing your risk.

Considering your health and finances, be reminded that it’s best to think long term. It is never too early or too late to take care of your health and to start investing in an insurance plan. The latter may not be your top priority at this point but we assure you that when life’s uncertainties hit you, this will guarantee that you or your family is taken care of.