Lungs are one of the vital organs in the human body, on which our overall health, hugely depends. These cone-shaped, spongy organs, on either side of the chest, take in oxygen, expel carbon dioxide, and support the entire body by transporting oxygen into the bloodstream. Though both lungs work in tandem, they differ slightly when it comes to physiological features.
While the right lung has three lobes, the left one, located near the heart, is not only smaller in size but only has two lobes. The pandemic that has been gripping the world for the last two years has made us understand the importance of our pulmonary system, its functions like never before. COVID-19, the super contagious infection largely affects the lungs, first compromising its functions, causing breathing difficulties, bringing down the levels of oxygen saturation and even structural damages is highly critical cases. The lethal delta variant and super spreader Omicron time and again reminded us of the importance of lung health and it’s time we learn more about caring for it, even.
Quit Smoking, Now!
Smoking is the primary cause behind poor lung health and a scientifically proven reason leading to the highest number of lung cancer cases, globally. Smoking is often linked to other pulmonary disorders including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis etc., increasing the risk of fatality. Puffing a cigarette means you are inhaling countless amounts of chemicals every minute which build up toxins, narrow the airways, swelling up the tissues ultimately causing severe lung damage.
Quitting smoking offers innumerable benefits. Besides restoring your lung health, it also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, lowers blood pressure prevents chronic ailments and keeps you energized for longer hours.
Breathing Exercises and Workouts:
Call it Pranayama or breathing techniques, inhalation and exhalation of air using certain, simple methods provide immense support to your lungs. Deep breathing exercises flush out toxins, bring down stress, anxiety and aid further in better functioning of the lungs. Breathing exercises increase the lung capacity, allowing them to hold more air and for a better supply of oxygen into the bloodstream.
Regular workouts are it in the gym or walking, jogging, swimming, cycling go a long way in protecting the lungs. Even as you exercise, the muscles expand and contract, allowing the air sacs to breathe in more oxygen and expel carbon dioxide. These exercises also make heartbeat faster and lungs work better thus pumping more oxygen into the blood. However, if you have recently recovered from COVID-19 or any surgery, consult with your doctor on the right form of exercise.
There are many toxic elements lurking in the air and unfortunately, they are not confined to outdoor spaces. It is not just environmental pollution caused due to vehicles, factory outputs that can compromise our lung health but also certain indoor pollutants like damp walls, radon gas leave a major effect. Make sure to keep your surroundings clean, check your home for the presence of radon gas and mould. Grow some indoor plants for fresh circulation of air.
In these days and times of the Coronavirus pandemic, maintaining personal hygiene should top the agenda for preventing infections. Always use a good hand sanitiser or a hand wash for clearing the presence of viruses and bacteria. Wear a mask and maintain social distance to avoid the contagious spread of infections. Good oral hygiene also aids in preventing infections from entering the lungs.
Yes! Vaccines are an easy and a sure-shot method to avoid various lung-related infections. Vaccination against Coronavirus is going on in full swing and it’s time to get inoculated for that shield from this deadly virus. If you are above 60 and have completed two doses of coronavirus, get registered for a booster dose. Check in the Co-Win app for the eligibility date.
Vaccines to protect lung health are available for various age groups including babies to senior adults. Talk to your doctor about getting jabbed against pneumonia, flu or influenza. Consult with your doctor for a better understanding of how to prevent and fight against pulmonary health conditions.
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