Whether you are trying to manage a lung condition or you just want to get in better control of your total health, taking care of your lungs is important for a healthy life. There are several factors that affect the health of the lungs, so taking charge of your pulmonary health involves several key steps. Here is a look at the ways you might improve your lung capacity and breathe easier for life.
Get more exercise
Aerobic exercise is beneficial to the lungs, as it will cause you to breathe deeper and get your heart rate up. These effects will increase your body’s intake of oxygen and help your lungs stay strong through your other daily activities. Aim for at least two hours of moderate to vigorous physical activity weekly.
Smoking cigarettes or marijuana severely restricts your lung capacity and raises the level of CO2 in your lungs. Plus, the chemical content of tobacco products introduces the body to harmful toxins that could lead to serious conditions including cancer.
Eat your vegetables (and fruit)
A balanced diet that features a broad array of fresh fruits and vegetables will support your total health while improving the function of your lungs. Antioxidant-rich foods like spinach, blueberries, and broccoli are excellent choices to include in your daily meals. Getting antioxidants from these food sources is shown to be more beneficial than taking supplements, so changing your diet is the best way to improve your health.
For more helpful health tips and a look at your current pulmonary health, check out the classes and events coming up at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. Sign up for our free events and take advantage of our H2U program by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 724-2362 or visiting us online.