Tips for healthy lungs

Published in Health, Health Tips

Lungs here – We are one of the largest organs of your body and our physical location is near your backbone on either side of your heart. We have a spongelike and soft texture and are honeycombed with what is called epithelium

Simply put – our primary function is to use the air you inhale, put oxygen into your bloodstream and filter the carbon dioxide from your blood.

These tasks are accomplished through bronchial tubes (airways) and alveoli (small air sacs). We possess about 300 million alveoli; each one enclosed inside a case of capillaries. This is not (as you might imagine) our only function – not by a long shot –

We also:

  • Give your heart soft shock absorbing protection as needed

  • Filter out small blood clots in your veins

  • Get rid of those oh so tiny bubbles that can occur in your blood stream.

Unfortunately we are vulnerable to lung health damage which can often result in:

  • Asthma

  • bronchitis

  • cystic fibrosis

  • emphysema

  • tuberculosis

  • pneumonia

  • primary pulmonary hypertension

  • COPD

  • lung cancer

Any of the aforementioned conditions can be life threatening.

The following guidelines can help you minimize and/or avoid the conditions mentioned above and have optimal lung health:

1. Ingesting certain foods:  Soy products (for example tofu and soy milk) have been found 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.

Onions – contain quercetin (an antioxidant) and may help prevent lung cancer, heart problems and blood clots.

Green Tea – may help prevent lung cancer

Garlic – Fresh

Red Wine – A glass a night may help with COPD

2. Exercise – This causes you to breathe more deeply taking in more air and thus strengthening us (your lungs)

3. Avoid smoking

4. Keep indoor air quality healthy by controlling mold and mildew.

5. Keep bathrooms, kitchens and basements clean and make sure they are well ventilated.

6.Use a dehumidifier in the basement, empty it and clean it regularly to prevent mildew.

7.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. The theory is 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