Improve your lung health to celebrate Respiratory Care Week 2018

improve your lung healthCC: Valeriia Bugaiova

Did you know that today is the start of Respiratory Care Week 2018? That’s okay, most other people won’t either! Such weeks often take place to raise awareness of the conditions they cover and the staff who work in such specialties. Ironically, you’re more likely to sit up and pay attention to one of these weeks if you have a relevant condition. On the off chance that this post catches your eye and you would like to improve your lung health, here are a few simple ways to do so:

Laugh more often to improve your lung health

Who said health campaigns have to be boring? According to one theory, laughter enhances the size of your alveoli. These are the tiny sacs at the end of your respiratory system where oxygen moves into the bloodstream and Co2 moves out. As this document states, laughter also gives your lungs longer to empty their residual volume, leaving less waste in there.

Get moving to improve your breathing reserve

Evidence shows that those who exercise regularly have a larger breathing reserve. Ultimately, this leads to a better flow of oxygen throughout the body. And, you’ll have an easier time exercising in the future. When exercising becomes easier, you can avoid obesity, numerous cardiovascular conditions, and diabetes.

Make it easier for your respiratory system to function by hydrating

Like many areas of your body, your lungs depend on excellent hydration for their mucosal linings to function. When those mucosal linings experience irritation, you’re more likely to catch viruses and bacterial infections that temporarily affect your respiratory system. If you live in a state where you’re about to switch on the central heating due to a drop in temperatures, staying on top of your water intake is about to become more important than ever.

Step away from the habits that cause the greatest harm

No post instructing you on ways to improve your lung health would feel complete without paying homage to smoking. Now that fewer people in the developed world work in occupations where dust is a significant risk, smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Additionally, it’ll make you more prone to infections, decrease your ability to exercise, and increases the likelihood of developing COPD. If you’re struggling with smoking cessation, a visit to your doctor is an excellent place to start.

Consider removing yourself from polluted environments

The evidence is rapidly mounting in the case against living in a polluted environment. Living in areas where air quality is poor places you at a higher risk of developing chronic lung disease. If you do live in an urbanized area, you can reduce your risk by ensuring your home benefits from adequate ventilation. And, if possible, spend a little time each year away from your urban environment.

As another Respiratory Care Week passes by, it’s an excellent time to reflect on ways to protect your lungs. With a few simple changes, you could enjoy better respiratory health for years to come.

About the Author

Laura McKeever
Laura has been a freelance medical writer for eight years. With a BSc in Medical Sciences and an MSc in Physician Assistant Studies, she complements her passion for medical news with real-life experiences. Laura’s most significant experience included writing for international pharmaceutical brands, including GSK.