Keep Respiratory Infections at Bay
Our respiratory system is constantly working 24×7. The lungs are an essential respiratory organ. The lungs never rest. In just one day, a healthy person breathes nearly 25,000 times. If we don’t take good care of our lungs, we can suffer from many respiratory disorders and Lung diseases which include the deadly Lung Cancer.
Simple lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and healthy habits can be highly beneficial for your lungs.
Improve your Lung Function
1. Quit Smoking and avoid Passive Smoking
The best thing you can do for your lungs health is to quit smoking or if you are not a smoker try to avoid secondhand/passive smoking as much as possible. Passive smokers also have a higher risk of developing lung cancer like those who smoke.
2. Avoid exposure to outdoor and indoor air pollution
Well, we cannot totally avoid it but try to reduce your exposure to air pollutants as much as possible. Especially for those who live in big cities, it’s common to drive in congested streets with lots of air pollution. Try wearing a mask when you are out on the roads that have a high level of air pollution.
3. Stay away from chemicals
Chemicals from floor cleaners, paint, detergents and other common household items can also irritate your lungs and damage them. Avoid inhaling chemicals and when using them and allow proper ventilation to minimize its harmful effects.
4. Healthy Breathing pattern
Breathe deeply more often. Deep breathing increases oxygen supply in the entire body especially lungs. Try meditation or practice Anulom Vilom Pranayam for healthy Lungs. Do cardio regularly. Breathe through your nose as the hairs in your nose act as a filter against pollutants.
5. Laughter is the best Excercise
Laughing is the best exercise to increases oxygen supply in the lungs and increase lung capacity too.
6. Healthy Diet
Eat fruits like apples, pomegranates, gooseberry, and grapefruit; especially the ones which are rich in vitamin C are beneficial for lungs. Drink herbal Tulsi (Basil tea) and other herbal teas including peppermint tea to improve lung function. When it comes to food, there are some products with potent antioxidant and detoxifying properties that boost lung health in particular. These include lentils, fish, all cruciferous vegetables, onion, garlic, and certain herbs and spices like cayenne pepper, turmeric, ginger, and oregano.
7. Your Posture Matters
Don’t lean; sit and stand straight to make more room for your lungs. The more oxygen your lungs get the better it is.
8. Stay hydrated
Staying well hydrated by taking in fluids throughout the day helps keep the mucosal linings in the lungs thin, which helps your lungs function more efficiently. Getting enough water is as important for the lungs as it is for the rest of the body.
Houseplants like Snake plants, Spider plants, Ferns, palms and golden pothos if planted in our homes improve indoor air quality and act as mini purifiers absorbing toxins and air pollutants.