Leave them as you found them. Here is helpful insight on keeping your lungs in pristine condition during and after Lung Cancer Awareness month.
Most of the time we don’t even have to think about breathing and using our lungs. Since our lungs play such an important role in keeping us alive, it is important to take care of them and keep them healthy.
Lung disease, depending on the type and severity, can cause major health problems or even death. The good news is, lung disease is often preventable by building a few healthy habits.
- Don’t smoke, or quit smoking. Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer and can also cause other lung diseases. It is important to stop smoking, or never start – this includes vaping.
- Use air filters indoors to improve air quality. You can easily improve the air quality of your home by installing air filters, which can eliminate pollution and harmful air particles from the air you breathe at home.
- Exercise. Just like the rest of your body, your lungs benefit from getting exercise. At least one hour of exercise per day is recommended to stay healthy. Outside exercise in fresh air is particularly great!
- Reduce stress. Anxiety and stress can manifest in cardiovascular and respiratory symptoms like trouble breathing or tightness of the chest. Practicing mindfulness and breathing exercises can help reduce stress and let you breathe easier.
- Stay healthy. Respiratory infections such as the flu or COVID can cause long-lasting lung problems. Be sure to wash your hands regularly, stay away from people who are sick, and get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu.
- Get screened for lung cancer. If you have a history of smoking and are between the ages of 50-80, you can receive a screening for lung cancer. These screenings may be able to detect lung cancer early on, giving you a better chance of recovery.
Lung disease symptoms
You should see your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- A persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
In many cases, lung disease is preventable or treatable when detected early. Don’t ignore concerning symptoms of lung disease. Talk to your doctor
about any concerns you have so that you can get back to breathing easily and living healthy!