7 Beneficial Tips for Healthy Lungs

Beneficial Tips for Healthy Lungs

As the new year approaches, you may be considering making some healthy changes to your lifestyle. Between wanting to shed a few pounds at the gym and changing the way you think about food, it’s easy to forget about the importance of taking specific care of your lungs. 

Whether you realize it or not, your overall health is tied directly to the health of your lungs because without them, you can’t survive! So before you sign up for a new gym membership, take a look at these seven beneficial tips for healthy lungs, and set yourself up for success when January finally arrives! 

1. Don’t Smoke Tobacco

This point may go without saying, but tobacco use is extremely dangerous. More than 8 million people die every year from tobacco-related causes, according to the World Health Organization. If you’re like us, then you probably don’t want to become a part of that statistic one day, so the time to make the change is now!

Cigarette smoking isn’t the only type of smoke that can harm your precious lungs though. Many avid cannabis smokers claim that smoking weed is actually good for your lungs (increasing lung capacity and function), but plenty of research still needs to be conducted in order to determine this conclusively. 

If you choose to smoke weed, the safest way to do it is in moderation, and without mixing your flower with any tobacco (not even a blunt wrap). If you have the option to avoid smoking or vaping altogether, (like consuming edibles or cannabis tinctures) then you should do that instead. Your lungs will thank you! To learn more about the health risks associated with mixing cannabis and tobacco, check out this article on Veriheal

2. Spend More Time Outdoors

Unless you live in a heavily polluted city, it’s likely that the air quality outdoors far exceeds that of the air indoors, so treat your lungs to the fresh air and get outside! Being outside encourages deeper breathing, which helps the lungs to dilate, allowing them to release airborne toxins. 

Spending more time outside isn’t just good for your lungs either. Being outdoors gives you a chance to catch some much-needed sunlight, helping the body to produce vitamin D, which is critical for supporting a healthy immune system. 

3. Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise is associated with a long list of health benefits -including healthy lungs! When it comes to taking care of your lungs, you can’t just go to the gym and fluff around on machines though. In order for your lungs to benefit from exercise, you need to get your heart rate up high enough to induce heavier, diaphragmatic breathing. 

So next time you hit the gym, run a 5k, or even go for a walk, pay close attention to your heart rate and breath tempo. Do your best to push just a little bit harder and open those lungs up! 

4. Practice Breathing Exercises

If you missed your chance to get some exercise today, you can still workout your lungs! Your lungs need exercise just like any other muscle in your body. The ancient Yogis understood this so deeply that “Pranayama,” or, “breath control,” was practiced daily. You can read more about this practice here.

The beauty of breathing exercises is that you can practice them from the comfort of your couch, or during a quick break at your work desk. You have nothing to lose, and healthier lungs to gain, so take five minutes and breathe! 

5. Eat lung-supporting Foods

Eating a healthy diet is important for more than just regulating your waistline. Along with supporting good brain, bone, and cardiovascular function, eating a healthy diet promotes efficient lung function as well. In fact, there are certain foods that directly impact the health of your lungs! 

Foods high in nitrates like beetroot help reduce blood pressure and optimize the uptake of oxygen into your body. Foods high in vitamin C like red peppers and oranges help to stave off illness and replenish antioxidant stores. Even the old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” has some truth to it, as research has shown several health benefits connected to eating apples regularly. 

6. Improve Indoor Air Quality

As we mentioned earlier, the air quality outside is most often better than that of the indoors, so make sure you do what you can to clean the air inside your office or home. Always clean for dust and dirt. Wipe window shades and wash curtains on a regular basis. 

Make checking for mold and mildew a regular habit, and clean whenever possible. If you’re using chemicals to clean, make sure you keep a window in the house open, as fumes from most cleaning products can be harmful to your lungs. 

To make sure you have the cleanest possible air indoors, you can purchase an air filtration system for your home or office. 

7. Drink More Water

It’s amazing how many health problems can either be solved or avoided by simply drinking more water -improving lung health is certainly one of them. When you don’t drink enough water, the mucus lining in your lungs and airways thickens, making it more difficult for your lungs to function optimally. So make sure you drink somewhere in the ballpark of 4 liters of water per day for men, and 3 liters of water per day for women!

Conclusion

Whether you’re a recent ex-smoker, or someone looking to make healthy lifestyle changes, make sure you follow these seven beneficial tips for healthy lungs and you’ll be breathing easier than ever in no time at all!