6 Ways to Protect Your Lungs

In a world where lung problems like emphysema and asthma are so commonplace, you want to do everything you can to keep your lungs healthy. Knowing what dangers are out there can help you take important steps in protecting your lungs. Here are six ways to safeguard yourself.

6 Ways to Protect Your Lungs

1. Don’t Smoke … Anything!

While this sage advice has been out for decades now, it’s no less urgent today! Evidence keeps on mounting against this dangerous habit. One study recently showed that even third-hand smoke is detrimental — meaning that habitually being around people that have smoked or in places where people have smoked can damage your lungs. And this warning doesn’t just pertain to cigarettes — anything that you are putting into your lungs besides good old fresh air could pose a threat. This includes pipes, cigars, and marijuana.

2. Guard Against Poor Outdoor Air Quality

Especially during the summer months air quality can be quite low at times, which poses a danger to you and your lungs. Ground level ozone, which is created when pollution from car exhaust and other industrial sources mixes with sunlight during the oppressive heat of summer, is very harmful to the respiratory system. To guard against this, always be aware of a high ozone forecast in your area, and do your best to remain inside or keep your activity level low during these days.

3. Eat Right

What you eat can have a profound effect on the health of your lungs. There is increasing evidence that foods rich in antioxidants can help to protect you from cancer and other lung issues. These include cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, and more.

4. Exercise

While exercise in and of itself won’t make your lungs stronger, it can help them to do their job better. The more fit you are, the better able your lungs will be to supply your muscles (including your heart) with oxygen.

5. Make Your Indoor Air Clean

Many people don’t realize that some of the biggest sources of lung irritation can be found inside their own homes. These indoor sources may include fireplaces, pet dander, mold, construction materials, and even some air fresheners. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends getting rid of as many sources of air pollution as possible, ventilating your home well, and using air cleaners. Air cleaners are mechanical or electrical machines that gather and remove pollutants and particles from the air to ensure better air quality.

6. Protect Yourself On The Job

There are many occupations these days that could bring you into contact with substances that are harmful to your lungs. Construction, automotive, transportation, mining, manufacturing, and even hairstyling are just a handful of fields that can bring you into daily contact with harsh chemicals and products that damage your lungs. Make sure to always wear whatever protective gear is recommended, which should be provided by your employer.

Nothing compares to unhindered breathing — that nice, clean, fresh breath of air permeating every corner of your lungs and leaving you feeling whole and happy. Protect your lungs, and keep that feeling going.

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