How to Keep Your Lungs Healthy – The Wellness 101 Show #lungs #health

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Do you know how to keep your lungs as healthy as they can be? Find out with another Wellness 101!

Our lungs are one of the 5 vital organs within our bodies. They are responsible for respiration, the bringing of oxygen into our bodies (inhalation) and the sending of carbon dioxide out (exhalation). Without oxygen…we would not survive…which is why keeping your lungs healthy is so critically important.

Step One: Don’t Smoke

At this point…we all know smoking is bad for you. Smoking can inflame your airway and make it harder to breathe. It can also irritate your lungs and leave you with an obnoxious, nagging cough. Not to mention that smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. IF you smoke…quit! I know that may be easier said than done for some of you…but I encourage you to take the steps needed to get some help to quit! The life you save…may be your own!

Step Two: Exercise

We all know that staying active helps keep your heart healthy, but it’s also crucial to keeping your lungs healthy as well! It can even improve the symptoms of some long-term lung conditions. I realize that the gym is not for everyone…and that’s ok. Consider going for a walk, a run, or some play sort of sport like basketball, that involves running around, to help keep your lungs healthy. Your goal should be 30 minutes, 5 days a week! But if you have a pre-existing breathing condition, it’s a good idea to speak with your St. Luke’s doctor first before starting any fitness routine.

Step Three: Vacuum Your Carpets

You should consider cleaning your carpets 3x a week for optimal lung health. Carpets can trap dirt, dust, and mold that can get into the air and into your lungs. If that’s too much cleaning for you…consider ditching the carpets and switch to hard flooring like wood or tile, that’s much easier to keep clean.

Step Four: Drink Plenty of Water

There is a thin layer of mucus inside your lungs. Staying well hydrated helps keep this layer to stay thin, which helps your lungs do their job better. See…yet another good reason to keep pounding your water people! And for my friend’s suffering from COPD, getting enough water throughout the course of the day will make it easier for you to cough up the mucus in your lungs that may be causing you discomfort or breathing problems!

Step Five: Laugh More

Not only is laughing a great workout for your stomach muscles but it also increases the amount of air you can take into your body! Much like breathing exercises, running, or playing sports, a good laugh clears out stale air to make room for fresh air that can reach more parts of your lungs.

Take good care of your lungs folks…having healthy lungs is essential to healthy living. If you smoke…please stop, get 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week, vacuum your carpets 3 times a week, drink plenty of water and don’t forget to laugh. Remember…as long as there’s breath in our lungs…our story is still being written! Don’t forget to smash that like button, subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and share to all who are struggling to catch their breath! Until next time this is Mr. Wellness saying be well and follow the steps to a healthier you!


Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

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