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We humans often take our lungs for granted. Even knowing that they are the most important organ of our body and keeps us alive, we don’t take as much care as we should. To keep them protected from dirt, germs, and pollution, our body has its natural defense system to keep our lungs protected. However, we still need to keep it protected.

  1. NO SMOKING
    1. Don’t smoke or quit smoking immediately
    2. It doesn’t matter whether cigarette/beedi/cigar, all are equally harmful
    3. The best time to stop or quit smoking is “Now”.
    4. Smoking is the biggest culprit for Lung cancer, COPD, and many other lung diseases.
    5. Smoking is also responsible for many other cancers and diseases of the body.
  1. REGULAR EXERCISE
    1. Regular aerobic exercise
    2. The more you exercise, the more efficient your lungs become.
    3. Brisk walking for at least 45 mins a day keeps the doctor away
  1. AVOID EXPOSURE TO POLLUTANTS
    1. Avoid passive smoking
    2. Try not to go out during peak pollution time.
    3. Avoid exercising near heavy traffic.
    4. If you’re exposed to pollutants at work, make sure to take all the possible precautions
  1. DECREASING INDOOR POLLUTANTS
    1. Make your home a smoke free zone.
    2. Dust the furniture and vacuum at least once a week
    3. Open the window frequently to maintain proper indoor air ventilation.
    4. Avoid Synthetic air fresheners and candles the can expose you to additional chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene
    5. Use chimney and exhaust fans in kitchen to vent out smoke and grease
  2. MAINTAIN PERSONAL HYGIENE
    1. Wash hands regularly with warm water and soap
    2. Avoid touching your face as much as possible
    3. Wear mask in public places and when in office/workplace
  1. HEALTHY EATING HABITS
    1. Eat fresh citrus fruits and Vit C rich diet to boost immune system
    2. Fresh vegetables and protein rich diet
    3. Drink plenty of water
    4. Vitamin and mineral supplements if lacking in diet
  1. VACCINATION & REGULAR HEALTH CHECK-UP
    1. Stay up to date with vaccination and get a yearly flu shot
    2. Regular check-up and follow-up for patients with known history of respiratory illness
  1. AVOID STRESS & LAUGH OUT REGULARLY
    1. Laughing is a great exercise to work the abdominal muscles and increase lung capacity
    2. Regular and intense activity is great for the lungs.
    3. Increased daily activity get three things done at once: healthy lungs, a healthier heart and a better mood
  1. USE ANTI INFLAMMATORY FOODS
    1. Foods rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients
      • Turmeric
      • Ginger
      • Leafy greens
      • Berries
      • Walnuts
      • Berries
  1. PLAY A WIND INSTRUMENT
    1. Playing a wind instrument like a flute, saxophone, mouth organ or clarinet improves lung health
    2. Lung capacity is utilized to the fullest while playing any of these instruments
    3. Playing wind instrument gives lungs a regular workout, thereby increasing air capacity.

Toxins that enter our body through cigarettes or pollution can hurt your entire body. These toxins get trapped inside mucus. You can determine whether the respiratory health is good or not depending on whether mucus is removed from the lungs and airways frequently or not. People who are suffering from damaged lungs find it difficult to clear mucus from their system. Conditions like COPD, asthma, or cystic fibrosis may also cause excess mucus production or unusually thick mucus which eventually clogs the lungs. Take care of your lungs before it is too late.