How to Maintain Healthy Lungs

The total amount of air you can hold is the maximum capacity of your lungs. As you get older, lung capacity and function tend to decrease. You even become more vulnerable to certain chronic lung conditions and can experience bouts of breathlessness and breathing difficulties. If you are not careful, you can lose the good health of your lungs. Below are certain practices that can keep your lungs in optimal health if you consistently adhere to them. Some lung infections can be treated at AFC Urgent Care Vernon. Our doctors can also recommend specific techniques and methods to maintain healthy lungs. 

Daily Habits

Diaphragmatic breathing

We also call this belly breathing. It engages the diaphragm, which carries the major load in terms of breathing. For this exercise, you need to lie down or sit back and relax your shoulders. Then you have to place one hand on your chest, the other on your belly, and inhale through your nose for two seconds. Make your stomach move more than your chest. Breathe out for two seconds by pursing your lips and pressing the abdomen.

Do not smoke

It is the leading cause of COPD and lung cancer. It includes critical conditions like emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Physical fitness

No matter your age, make sure you stay physically active always. Make exercise a firm part of your daily routine to strengthen your lungs and keep them healthy.

Physical Changes

Spend more time outdoors

Make a special time to go outside and just breathe in the fresh air. The outdoor air is more qualitative and flushes out the indoor pollutants you inhale.

Air purification

Install systems and adopt a measure that purifies and improves the quality of air indoors. Do not hesitate to invest in good HVACS and sound air filters. Also, reduce pollutants like fragrant detergents, dust, and mold, etc.

Vaccinations

Never skip your important vaccines, such as pneumonia and annual flu shots. They protect the lungs and promote optimal health. Patients should also plan to receive the COVID vaccine when it is available within their area. This will help protect against the ongoing coronavirus. 

Good hygiene

Try to maintain good hygiene habits such as washing your hands frequently and changing bed sheets and pillow covers often. By washing your hands using antibacterial soaps and warm water, you clean the germs clinging to your skin. These germs pose the risk of causing respiratory infections and colds. Also, brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove germs from your mouth that could enter your lungs.

When to See a Doctor

When you start experiencing symptoms such as a cough that does not heal past three weeks or worsen, you should see a doctor. Also, visit AFC Urgent Care Vernon when you experience wheezing, chest pain, and shortness of breath.