Respiratory Care Week: 4 Tips Your Lungs Will Thank You For

By October 20, 2014Healthy Aging

The last full week in October is dedicated to the recognition of those in the respiratory care profession as well as promoting healthy lung habits. The week is called Respiratory Care Week and it’s full of events meant to celebrate those who help keeps our lungs healthy, motivate those who are fighting lung disease, and educate us on proper lung health.

In order to get everyone in the holiday spirit, LivHOME would like to present 4 tips for keeping the lungs healthy and you happy.

Walk Faster
According to a study done by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the speed at which you walk at may help predict how long of a life you may live. Now, we’re not saying that if you pick up the pace of your walking, you’ll live until you’re 100, but there is strong evidence that points to a healthier individual based on how fast they walk. According to this study of 34,000 people who were aged 65 years and older, those who walked at a pace of 2.5 mph or faster lived longer than those who walked slower. If you are unable to increase the speed at which you walk at, then perhaps consult your doctor for a possible underlying health issue.

Maintain a Healthy Weight
Added weight can place a lot of stress on your lungs. This causes the respiratory muscles to compress more causing them to work harder but less efficient. Over time this will cause a lot of damage to your respiratory system. It’s important to keep a nutritious diet, one that works for you, in order to keep those extra pounds off. Your lungs will thank you in the long run.

Drink Water
Staying hydrated is obviously important to your overall health. However, drinking water does help your respiratory system by keeping a thin consistency to the mucus lining of your lungs. Dehydration thickens it which will slow down your respiration and cause you to breath heavier with less efficiency.

Stop Smoking
It seems like whenever there is a list of health tips, quitting smoking can always be found on it. This is especially true when it comes to lung health. Smoking damages respiratory cells and can even kill them, it induces inflammation, and leads you on the path of lung illnesses such as emphysema, chronic lung disease, chronic bronchitis, and lung cancer. Smoking is a nasty, addicting habit. It’s very tough to quit, but much like finding a nutritious diet that works for you, you should find method of quitting that fits you perfectly. The lungs can heal themselves at an incredible pace. The sooner you quit the better.

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