8 Simple Ways to Support Healthy Lung Capacity as COVID’19 Epidemic Curve Continues to Rise

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With age, like other vital organs, lung capacity tends to decline. Lungs are an important organ of the body that are responsible for supplying oxygen. This article will share some easy ways that you can adapt to increase your lung capacity in these difficult times.

What can Change Lungs Functioning Capacity?

Many physiological and pathological factors affect lung capacity and its aging. The most common contributors to deteriorating lung health, over time, include smoking, breathing in air pollution, and frequent respiratory infections.

Since in this modern era, it is nearly impossible to live in a completely air pollution free environment, you can exercise regularly and adopt a healthy lifestyle to increase your lung capacity in the long run.

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The lungs are surviving on healthy movement and food. The more you adopt a healthy lifestyle, the more the chances are of reducing the risk of lung diseases. However, due to the lockdown in this pandemic, the inactiveness is at its peak.

Dr. Preyas Vaidya is a Consultant and Pulmonologist at Fortis Hospital Mulund & Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, Mumbai. Lungs are an important organ that delivers every cell the required level oxygen to perform its job.

Eight Tips to Help your Lungs Work Optimally

Here are eight tips your body needs to increase its lung capacity and perform functions optimally:

  1. Low to moderate intensity workout. Practicing low to moderate intensity exercises, like running, swimming, cycling, or brisk walking daily, would help to increase lung capacity. The lungs would start functioning better to meet the oxygen requirement and overcome moderate breathlessness.
  2. Proper Medications. Those who have asthma attacks or are not able to breathe properly during exercise should consult a doctor and take medications according to it. It is preferable to do a warm-up before exercise.
  3. Deep breathing techniques. People with any lung disease or issues, like bronchitis, emphysema, or asthma, should follow deep breathing exercises. Even the ones having no such issue can also practice it. Diaphragmatic breathing allows deeper inhaling, causing the diaphragm to separate digestive organs from the lungs.
  4. Balanced diet. Having a healthy diet protects the body from several diseases. Incorporating the right amount of proteins and antioxidants in the diet would help to boost lung immunity and strengthen the muscles.
  5. Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is equally important as having a healthy diet. An adequate amount of water in the body is essential for maintaining lung functioning.
  6. Vaccinations. People who are diagnosed with any lung disease or have an allergy, especially in this pandemic, should regularly get flu and pneumonia vaccines as advised.
  7. Wear Masks. Indoor and outdoor pollution negatively affects lung capacity. Do not forget to wear masks, especially these days.
  8. Maintain a healthy weight. Accumulation of abdominal fat creates a hindrance to lung expansion and lung capacity. Avoiding toxic inhalants and maintaining weight within the BMI is key to having healthy lung capacity.

What Should You Avoid to Maintain Healthy Lung Capacity?

For a healthy lung capacity, the first and most important thing is to leave smoking. It is not only about who is smoking. Even people inhaling the smoke out of cigarettes are in danger. In addition, get regular pneumonia and flu vaccines for further protection.

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Active and passive smokers are prone to many lung infections when their alveoli damages and lung capacity reduces. Also, note that the ability to restore the lung capacity after some time becomes completely irreversible.

Besides smoking, other tobacco products also tend to expose the body to the same kind of danger. The use of Hookah and Vapes is also deleterious to lung. Last but not the least, you do not need to go for a high and extensive workout to increase the lung capacity.

Martin Bose
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