Respect Your Lungs

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on overall wellness in an otherwise toxic world. (Always consult with your own physician before beginning any new diet/exercise routine).

Breathing is one of those automatic functions that, unless it becomes compromised by infection or disease, goes unnoticed. On average, humans take about 12 to 20 breaths per minute – that’s, at the very least, 17,280 breaths per day. Although our bodies are designed to keep our lungs clean and clear, bacteria and viral infections can still reach these vital organs, quickly altering our quality of life.

October is Healthy Lung Month. The American Lung Association encourages every individual to recognize the importance of maintaining healthy lungs. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Prevention and healthy lifestyle choices are the key to enjoying the overlooked gift of breathing.

 

Here are some ways you and your loved ones can stay healthy:

Give up smoking.

Have your residence tested for radon.

Pay attention to air quality alerts.

Wash your hands frequently to avoid germs.

Get the appropriate vaccinations, such as flu and pneumonia.

Avoid crowds during cold and flu season.

Exercise to improve endurance and reduce breathlessness.

Drink plenty of water.

Avoid using harsh chemicals in the home.

Visit the doctor regularly.

See the doctor when a cough lingers longer than two weeks.

Get plenty of rest when sick.

Recognize the signs of asthma in young people to treat early.

Visit the dentist and brush regularly.

Practice deep breathing.

Enjoy a diet full of antioxidant-rich foods.

Use an air purifier in the home and office.