Health begins where we live, learn, work and play. Proper oxygen levels are vital to good health and your lungs play a vital role! Though we may not put enough attention on our lungs, they must not be overlooked as one of the keys to good health.
Check out these simple ways that you improve and safeguard your lungs:
Smoking can lead to cancer and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema). Cigarette smoke can narrow the air passages and make breathing more difficult. It causes chronic inflammation, or swelling in the lung, which can lead to bronchitis. Over time cigarette smokes destroys lung tissue and may trigger changes that grow into cancer.
Avoid Exposure to Pollutants That Can Damage Your Lungs
In this day and age, you must be aware of toxins in your environment including secondhand smoke, outdoor air pollution, chemicals in the home and workplace and radon. These can all cause or worsen lung disease. Making your home and car smoke free is a great way to handle secondhand smoke. On bad air days, you may want to avoid outdoor activity
Aerobic exercise helps improve lung capacity. Exercise and breathing techniques are also great for improving your mood and helping you relax.
Getting a cold or other respiratory infection can become a more serious problem if not cared for properly. Take care of your body with good hygiene, healthy eating, and the right vitamins and minerals. Good sleep also makes a huge different in lung health.
There is evidence that antioxidant-rich foods are good for your lungs. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C or E, remove potentially damaging oxidized cells. One study found that those who consume cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, boy choy, kale and more) have almost half the risk of lung cancer compared to those who consumed the least.
Do the right things and your lungs will provide your body what it needs for long term good health!