Breathe Easy! 5 Ways to Boost Respiratory HealthOctober 12, 2020
Breathe easy! As we move into the next flu season and continue to navigate COVID-19, we’ve got respiratory health and immunity on our minds. How can you keep your respiratory health in tip-top shape? On today’s True Blue Health & Wellness blog, let’s take a look!
#1 Regular Exercise & Hydration
Getting regular exercise strengthens and improves lung function. We get fresh oxygen all while improving our moods, hearts, and bodies. Stay hydrated, too! Staying hydrated helps keep the linings in the lungs thin, which helps to improve lung function. Such a win-win!
#2 Breathing Exercises
Try yoga, meditation, or deep breathing to help improve lung capacity. By practicing diaphragmatic breathing, you can actually help to increase lung capacity. Healthline offers some great ideas for how to practice diaphragmatic breathing, so be sure to check that out here.
#3 Invest in Air Purifiers and Humidifiers
We want to avoid air pollution as much as possible, keeping our lungs as clean as possible. Air purifiers can help cleanse the air of potential irritants, improving indoor air quality. Humidifiers also can help a lot, especially during winter when the air is very dry and cold.
#4 Quit Smoking & Improve Diet!
Cigarette smoke can wreak havoc on your respiratory health, so seek ways to quit safely and slowly. You may also want to incorporate antioxidant-rich foods into your diet, along with foods that are known to actually improve lung health, such as:
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#5 Steam Therapy
Steam has a powerful healing effect on the lungs! You can steam a large pot of water and put herbs like rosemary or sage into the pot, which helps to cleanse the lungs. You can breathe in the steam and feel its healing effects on your lungs. You can also receive healing benefits from hot showers and steam rooms. Or, make a lovely cup of tea and breathe in its herbal steam.
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