Best 10 tips to keep your lungs healthy
Here are the 10 Best tips to keep your lungs healthy.
PUT IN A LITTLE EFFORT
For the most part, the body has a natural defence mechanism to protect your lungs from germs and dirt. Simple lifestyle changes and a healthy diet will take care of the rest.
QUIT SMOKING, EVEN SECOND-HAND
Smoking causes not just lung cancer, but also chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema). Remember, second-hand smoke is highly toxic as well, and can play havoc with your lungs.
AVOID EXPOSURE TO POLLUTANTS
Avoid exercising outdoors when the air quality is poor. Pollutants like car emissions and chemicals at home and in the workplace-such as Radon gas, which seeps out of concrete-can all affect the lungs.
KEEP AIR PURIFYING PLANTS AT HOME
Houseplants like spider plants, money plants,bamboo palms, aloe vera, English ivy and Boston ferns act as natural air purifiers for indoor pollutants and toxins. Keep two per 100 square feet.
PROTECT YOURSELF ON THE JOB
Is your job putting your lungs at risk? Be itconstruction sites or beauty parlours, occupational asthma accounts for approximately 15 per cent of patient complaints these days.
KEEP INFECTION AT BAY
Even a cold or respiratory infection can sometimes become serious. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, avoid crowds during the flu season, and maintain oral hygiene. Stay at home if you are sick.
GO FOR AEROBIC EXERCISE
Forty-five minutes of an activity that leaves you breathless-brisk walking, slow running or jogging-at least five times a week, will improve lung function tremendously. Yoga and breathing exercises are very beneficial as well.
EAT A LOW FAT DIET
A low-fat diet with plenty of water, along with cruciferous vegetables such asbroccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale, and fruits such as pomegranates, apples, oranges and grapefruit can improve lung health.
KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS
Coughing, wheezing or breathing problems with little or no physical exertion; chest pain (which becomes worse while inhaling or coughing); coughing up phlegm or blood-if any of these symptoms persist for over a month, consult a doctor.
LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD
Learn to say no to extra work or share tasks with others. Make time for yourself, to get enough sleep and to go for regular health check-ups. Lung diseases often goundetected until they turn serious.