Take A Breather: 6 Ways To Look After Your Lungs

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Our lungs are one of the most vital organs in the body. We breathe in a lot of stuff that’s not healthy for these organs. Fortunately, damage can be repaired by taken action against these risks. Here are just a few ways to keep your lungs healthy into ripe old age.


Pack in smoking

This should come as no surprise. Most people understand the negative health impact of smoking – it’s kicking the habit that’s the hard bit. Some people may prefer to go cold turkey, whilst others have found that vaping is a good substitute as it provides the nicotine and the action of smoking without the tobacco and the tar (which is the real bad stuff for your lungs). Vaping has become big business and there are now all kinds of flavours to choose from that can help wean you off the nicotine – if you check out Vaporescense.com and other e-liquid sites you’ll see how vast the selection is. Nicotine patches, nicotine gum and hypnosis are other ways to quit.


Be active

Exercise doesn’t just work out your muscles, it works out many of your organs too. Being active will help to strengthen your lungs and increase lung capacity. It can also help to clear out any bad stuff in your lungs such as pollens and pollutants.


Laugh more

Laughing is also great for your lungs. Watching a comedy or cracking jokes with friends could help to increase your lung capacity. Laughter is even thought to help people with respiratory illnesses such as asthma.

Beware of outdoor pollution

Those living in the city are more at risk of lung problems due to pollution from cars and buildings. Fortunately, cities worldwide are introducing more measures to lower air pollution. You should try not to exercise in high traffic areas as you will be taking giant lungfuls of toxins – a gym or local park with trees is likely to have fresher air. If you cycle, try to take the backstreets where you can so that you’re not inhaling as many pollutants.


Beware of indoor pollution

Our houses can have dangers in them too. Household mold can be bad for our lungs and should be cleaned up as soon as possible. If your home contains asbestos, this too should be removed as it could cause lung irritation and possibly a deadly cancer known as mesothelioma. A gas called radon is also common in many homes – it leaks through damaged foundations and can result in lung cancer after long-time exposure. Sites such as Radon.com can give you information or where to buy test kits and how to prevent it. A carbon monoxide monitor is meanwhile worth purchasing to avoid a deadly gas leak in your home.


Clean your air conditioner

Unclean air conditioning units are a major cause of a lung disease called Legionnaires. This is caused by build-ups of bacteria and dust in the air conditioning unit which then get pumped into the air. If you have an air conditioning unit make sure that it is annually serviced by a professional (or you can clean it yourself if you have the know-how).

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