Many of us don’t know that lungs play an important role to keep us strong and healthy. We only take notice of our lungs when we experience breathing problems. It’s important to pay attention and daily care to your lungs like the rest of the body.
Oxygen is fed to every cell in the body when we breathe. Insufficient oxygen leads to health issues such as respiratory illnesses and even heart disease. Breathing alone cannot keep the oxygen flowing through the body at peak levels, as its only 50% of their capacity when lungs are at rest and during most daily activities. Lungs do well when there are movement and activity like the rest of the body.
Diaphragmatic breathing, Oxygen therapy, simple deep breathing, counting on your breath, staying hydrated, laughing and being active are some of the activities that can improve the health of the lungs.
Smoking the most dangerous hazard to your lung. As per medical advice smoking could cause lung cancer, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Even being in an environment where people have smoked is dangerous and harmful too.
Apart from many things that can be done to have healthy lungs, dietary changes, simple lifestyle changes and healthy habits can be very helpful to the lungs.
A little energetic activity daily is good for the lungs and in return, you will get healthy lungs, and a healthier heart.
Be a part of controlling outdoor air pollution and keeping the air we breathe clean.
Smoking is one of the main reasons for heart disease. So quitting smoking is the best option for your heart’s health.
Leading an active life could reduce risks of developing heart disease. It could be in the form of aerobics, exercising, walking or cycling for at least 30 minutes five days a week.
Being overweight is another risk factor for heart disease. Manage your weight by having a healthy balanced diet low in fat and sugar with lots of fruits, vegetable and fiber based foods such as wholemeal bread, bran, oats and wholegrain cereals and unskinned potatoes.
Having a diet high in saturated fat is very likely to raise the cholesterol level in the blood and increase the risk of heart disease. Lean meat and low-fat dairy products are recommended.
High blood pressure is also risky for the heart. In order to maintain a healthy blood pressure its best to use less salt in your cooking or even better if you can do without it. Adults should eat less than 6g of salt a day. So start the good habit of taking the salt container off your table.
Fish rich in omega -3 fats helps against heart disease. It’s best to eat fresh fish such as sardines, mackerel, tuna and salmon at least twice a week as these contain omega-3 fat.
Drinking alcohol regularly can also have an impact on your weight as it contains calories and this could also lead to heart disease.