Become Healthy and Fit – Lung Health

Lung Set here – We are together one of the largest organs in your body. Our main function (briefly) is to take air from outside the body and get oxygen into your bloodstream, filtering out the carbon dioxide from your blood sending it back into the outside. We accomplish these tasks through bronchial tubes (airways) and alveoli (small air sacs). We have around 300 million alveoli; each is inside a case of capillaries. Of course this is not our only function – no sir/madam –

We also:

– Serve to give the heart soft shock absorbing protection if needed
– Filter small blood clots in veins
– Get rid of those oh so tiny-tiny bubbles that occur in the blood stream.

Now, we are however vulnerable to lung health damage possibly resulting in: Asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, bronchitis, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, primary pulmonary hypertension, COPD or lung cancer. Any one of these conditions can be life threatening.

The conditions can be avoided and/or minimized using the following guidelines for optimal lung health:

Ingest soy products such as tofu and soy milk which have been to possibly help in the reduction of COPD*. It is possible that the flavinoids in these foods are an anti-inflammatory agent for the lung and may help protect the lungs from tobacco carcinogens.

Certain other foods can be beneficial.

Onions – contain quercetin (an antioxidant) and may help prevent lung cancer, heart problems and blood clots.
Green tea – helps prevent lung cancer.
Garlic – fresh not as a supplement
Red Wine – A glass every or every other night can help with COPD.
Exercise – when you exercise and take in more air by breathing more deeply your lungs are strengthened.

Do not smoke

Help keep indoor air quality good by keeping mold and mildew at bay.

Clean bathrooms, kitchens and basements and keep them well ventilated. Use a dehumidifier in the basement, emptying and cleaning regularly to prevent mildew.

Keep your weight under control. Overweight and more specifically abdominal obesity (waist of 36in or more for women and 40in or more for men) has been linked to decreased lung function. Theories are that the fat literally pushes up the diaphram and chest wall squeezing the lungs and that fat tissue reacts with the body causing inflammation.

* COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a chronic lung disease consisting of chronic bronchitis and emphysema

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