Tips for healthy respiratory system

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jan 25, 2014

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People often take healthy respiratory system for granted as breathing happens almost automatically. However, by taking proper measures one can increase the health of the respiratory system.
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    Respiratory System

    People often take healthy respiratory system for granted as breathing happens almost automatically.  But the fact that even a slight decrease in the lung function cannot be ignored as it can cause disorder to the rest of the body declining your overall health. However, by taking proper measures one can increase the health of the respiratory system.

     

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    Eat Healthy

    Healthy eating is important to maintain the health of your lungs. Our body needs vitamins and nutrients to work effectively and build the tissues including the ones that make up the respiratory system.  According to some studies, healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids help in inhibiting the inflammation in the lungs and provide an ameliorative effect to the asthma patients.

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    Quit Smoking

    If you are a smoker, one of the most important changes that can be made to improve the respiratory health is stop smoking. Tar and thousands of chemicals of the cigarette smoke tend to reduce the capacity and efficiency of your lungs. Long term smoking can result in irreversible chronic respiratory problems. Quitting smoking not only helps in reversing the acute health problems but helps in improving the respiratory health.

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    Exercise

    Regular aerobic exercise can help you improve the respiratory health.  Exercise increases need of oxygen to your muscles causing the brain to stimulate the respiratory system to increase ventilation or breathing. This increase in the frequency and depth of breathing expands your lungs, enhances the elasticity of the air sacs, expels old air within your lungs and tones and strengthens the diaphragm. All these changes have a lasting effect which helps in improving respiratory health even after you have stopped exercising.

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    Obesity

    Obesity is a result of bad eating and lifestyle habits which may have bad effects on your respiratory system. A low cholesterol diet is good for your overall health while a diet rich in refined sugars and trans fats will contribute to poor respiratory system.

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    Avoid Pollution

    Pollution and urban smog can cause respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis and lung cancer. If you live in a large city, wearing a face mask will act as a protective barrier to your respiratory system.

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    Fast Food

    Fast food can increase your chances of having a respiratory disease. Switch to a healthy diet for a strong respiratory system. Food like dairy may also harm your respiration. Consuming dairy can trigger asthma attacks and contribute to the general poor health of the respiratory system. So keep a check on your fast food and dairy intake.

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    Sleep

    Several studies have shown that people who get an extra hour of sleep at night have a lower risk for respiratory problems and artery-clogging calcification that can lead to heart disease. People who don't get enough sleep are more prone to respiratory problems.

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    Alcohol

    Alcohol consumption can lead to high blood pressure which can lead to respiratory problems and heart failure. Anything more than moderate intake of alcohol may be harmful to your overall health.

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    Avoid Allergens

    Common allergens like dust mites, pollen, mold, and animal dander can be harmful for your respiratory system. Vacuum and damp dust all surfaces regularly. Ensure that your ac filters, curtains and carpet is regularly cleaned with similar chemical solutions.

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