Your lungs are very different from the other organs in your body – This is because, unlike your other organs, the delicate tissue of your lungs is directly connected to the outside environment. Everything you breathe in; including germs, pollution, tobacco smoke or other harsh substances, has the potential to harm your lungs and threaten their ability to work properly.
While your body does have a natural defense system designed to help protect the lungs, there are some proactive measures you can take to keep them healthy as well:
- Don’t smoke: Cigarette smoke narrows the passageways in the lungs making it difficult to breathe. Smoking also causes chronic inflammation or swelling of the airways which can lead to chronic bronchitis. By not smoking, you significantly reduce your chances of COPD and lung cancer. If you smoke and are ready to quit, visit our website to learn more about smoking cessation.
- Avoid exposure to pollutants: Pollution, harsh chemicals, second-hand smoke and radon exposure can all lead to, or worsen, lung disease. To best protect your lungs, make your home and car smoke free, avoid using harsh cleaners, exercise indoors during air quality alert days and test your home for radon. A radon test kit can be purchased via our online store.
- See your doctor regularly: Get regular checkups and talk with your doctor about your health – Even if you’re feeling well. During your visit, your doctor will test your breathing and discuss your concerns. If you’re worried about your lung health, don’t be afraid to speak up.
Protecting your lungs is an important part of maintaining your overall health – A few proactive measures can help ensure that your lungs remain in top condition and working properly for many years.