Our lungs are one of the most important organs that help to keep us alive. Our lungs are frequently exposed to air pollution, second hand tobacco smoke, chemicals and dust. Over 3 million people die each year from Chronic Respiratory Diseases (COPD’s) and 235 million people suffer from asthma. How do we battle this constant exposure and keep our lungs in tip-top shape? Here are 6 Tips to help keep them strong:
Avoid Exposure to Pollutants
Chemicals found in your home, outdoor air pollution, second hand smoke, are all factors that can cause or worsen lung disease.
- Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners, but if you have to be sure to open the windows and turn on the fans to ventilate the air
- Make your home and car a smoke-free zone
- Avoid going outside on days when air pollution warnings are high
- Test your home for radon.
Don’t Smoke (Put down that cigarette!)
Cigarette smoking is one of the highest causes of lung cancer and COPD. It can also lead to bronchitis and emphysema. If you are a smoker and want to quit smoking the American Lung Association can help.
Aerobic exercise has many health benefits, especially for your lungs! It can improve your lung capacity and lung function. So head to the gym and start walking on that treadmill, join an aerobics class, or go for a swim! You can also go for a long stroll outdoors (as long as the air pollution alert is low).
Avoid Getting Infections
Try to avoid getting colds or respiratory infections by:
- washing your hand frequently
- getting a flu shot
- brushing your teeth at least twice a day
- avoiding large crowds during cold and flu season.
Schedule a Regular Health Visit/Physical with Your Doctor Once a Year
One of the best defenses in fighting lung disease is early detection. During your annual check-up your doctor can listen to your lungs to make sure there aren’t any issues.
Protect Your Lungs With a High Quality Air Purifier
Beyond by Aerus recommends investing in a high-quality air purifier with technology capabilities that can capture 99.97% of particles as small as 0.1 micron, including VOCs, smoke and odors, — all without using ozone. Our Beyond Guardian Air is the only air purifier on the market that uses an exclusive combination of technologies, including ion generation, a better-than-HEPA filter, Photocatalytic Oxidation and our proprietary ActivePure Technology, which was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame by The Space Foundation. ActivePure Technology has also been university tested and proven effective on bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi in the air and on surfaces