As we get older, it’s so important to maintain your health and adapt to a healthier lifestyles. With the ongoing coronavirus, one of the things we need to focus on is our lungs. Now more than ever it’s important to make sure our lungs are as healthy as possible. Many people don’t realize how important the lungs are to the body. Check out these 6 ways to keep your lungs healthy.
We all know that smoking is bad for you. Tobacco smoke can narrow and inflame your airway and make it harder to breathe. It could irritate your lungs and give you a nagging cough. Over time, the smoke destroys tissue. Smoking is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer and the main cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition that damages the tiny air sacs in your lungs that process oxygen.
Most of us have been stuck in the house all the time. After being confined in your home, we often get relaxed and somewhat lazy. You might already know that exercise helps keep your heart healthy, but it’s also good for your lungs. It can even improve the symptoms of some long-term lung conditions. With the gyms being closed, you can go for a walk or jog around your neighborhood. Shoot for about 30 minutes, five times a week. Just make sure to talk to your doctor about your exercise plan if you already have breathing problems. Whatever you have to do, please stay active.
Check on Your Dehumidifier
We have dehumidifier upstairs and downstairs in our home. The dehumidifier is a simple device that puts moisture into the air to help you breathe easier. But if you don’t clean it, it could develop an airborne fungus that can infect and inflame your lungs. That’s why it’s important to change filters and do regular maintenance on your humidifier and your air heating and cooling systems, too.
Drink Plenty of Water
We all know that drinking water is really good for the body. There is a thin lining of mucus inside your lungs. When you get enough water over the course of the day, this lining stays thin, which helps your lungs do their job better. Staying well hydrated is especially important if you have COPD because it makes it easier to cough up the mucus in your lungs that can cause discomfort and breathing problems.
Washing Your Hands
One of the things to prevent contracting the coronavirus is to wash your hands. An airway infection, like a cold, can get into your lungs and cause serious health problems. You can help protect yourself and keep germs away if you wash your hands often with soap and water.
Get Your Regular Checkups
Being someone that’s in his 40s, those checkups are very important. They’re an effective way to spot illnesses before they get out of hand. This may be especially important for lung diseases, which might not cause obvious symptoms until they are already far along. Tell your doctor about any changes you notice in the way you breathe. They’ll listen to your lungs and might do tests that can help figure out what’s going on.