Saturday, June 20, 2020

How to Protect Your Respiratory System and Keep Your Lungs Healthy

Adopting a certain healthy lifestyle can help maintain the health of your lungs better, and keep them working optimally. 
Follow these tips to protect your respiratory system and keep your vital organs strong for life.
Respiratory system
How to keep your respiratory system (especially your lungs) healthy

How to Protect Your Respiratory System and Keep Your Lungs Healthy

Respiratory System

The Respiratory System is one of the main systems in the body, through which it breathes and provides the body and cells with the oxygen necessary to survive and get rid of carbon dioxide.

Breathing begins in the nose and mouth; this is done by inhaling the air and then entering it into the trachea, which gradually decreases in size to branch into the bronchioles, which finds approximately 30,000 bronchioles in each lung. These bronchioles end with spherical regions called air sacs, with an estimated number of 600 million alveoli, in which gas exchange takes place.

In fact, the lung is the most important organ of the respiratory system, and it is one of the largest members of the body in such a size that it occupies most of the chest space.

It is worth noting that the rib cage protects the lungs; It is a group of ribs that connect to the spine and wrap around the lungs to keep them safe, and at the bottom of the lungs is the diaphragm, which is a muscle that works frequently with the lungs to maintain the two main breathing processes, the inhale and exhale.

The air entering the respiratory system is often polluted with many pollutants, such as: dust, chemicals, and pollen. Exposure to secondhand smoke also makes the air inside the body polluted.

It should be noted that the lung will be able to clean itself in a normal and healthy way. Following some advice and behavior may help purify the lungs and increase the level of performance, especially for people who suffer from breathing difficulties such as asthma, obstructive pulmonary disease, and smokers. 

How to Keep Your Respiratory System Healthy

There are several recommendations that can be followed to maintain the health and safety of the respiratory system. The following tips can help improve your respiratory health:

Improve air quality: It is recommended to constantly renew the air of the house, by opening windows and allowing air to enter, and it is also possible to place a device inside the house that purifies the air.

Change your home filters: All filters in the house must be constantly changed, and all the air vents, such as those in the bathrooms, should be cleaned, as well as the air conditioning and heating holes.

Use aromatherapy: air fresheners, candles, and household cleaners can be full of harmful chemicals that cause irritation to the lungs and expose them to some problems, so it is advised to try to replace them and use natural products as completely as possible.

Spend time outdoors: Getting a lot of fresh air helps to expand the tissues in the lungs and improve their performance, but you must stay away from the places of pollution or wear an air purifier mask; This is to ensure that pollutants do not enter the respiratory system.

Avoid exposure to harmful environmental factors: by trying not to inhale smoke, dust, and chemicals, and get away from them as possible.

Stop smoking: There is no doubt that smoking has many negative effects on many body systems and functions, but its most serious impact is on the respiratory system. Smoking causes many respiratory diseases that can be chronic and dangerous, such as lung cancer. Therefore, not smoking or quitting smoking is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of these diseases. 

Maintain a healthy lifestyle: By eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting a sufficient period of rest, as these healthy habits contribute to maintaining the health and safety of the respiratory system in addition to many other body systems such as the circulatory system, cardiovascular system the immune system, the skeleton and the muscles. 

Drink plenty of water: Drinking enough water helps clear the lungs and improve their performance.

Do exercise: Exercise has a positive effect in purifying and supporting the respiratory system. Exercise helps increase the strength of the lungs, improve its ability to exchange gases, give the body its oxygen requirement, and enhance the ability of the immune system to fight diseases. 

Do laughing exercise: Laughing is a practice that has a positive effect on the psychological aspect of the body; in addition to that, laughter increases the lung capacity, and allows fresh air to enter more areas of the lungs.

Avoid contact with people with the disease: some respiratory diseases can spread through direct contact with others, so it is recommended that:
Not to go to school or to other public places when suffering from respiratory diseases to prevent spreading the infection to others.
Not sharing food and other items that come in the mouth with other people.
Cover the mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of it directly properly.
Coughing or sneezing inside the elbow instead of using the hands.

Wash your hands frequently: Frequent washing of hands, especially after sneezing, coughing or stuffing the nose, helps prevent infection from the sick person to other people.
Studies have shown that washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water helps prevent colds and flu.
Some types of viruses and bacteria can live for 20 minutes to two hours or more on cafeteria tables, door handles and other surfaces, so washing hands prevents these organisms from moving contaminated surfaces to the respiratory system as a result of touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.

Check with your doctor regularly: vaccines can help prevent many respiratory diseases such as whooping cough and influenza.
It is worth noting that doctors recommend giving the flu vaccine annually to every person aged 6 months or more, especially for people who suffer from some chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung diseases, as well as pregnant women, the elderly who are over 65 years of age, or children under the age of 5 years.

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