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How to Care for the Respiratory System: 5 Changes You Should Make

How to Care for the Respiratory System: 5 Changes You Should Make

An apple a day is meant to keep the doctor away. Well, it’s kind of similar when it comes to your respiratory system. The decisions you make today will impact your lung function for years to come.

While there are some genetic factors at play, your lung function is heavily impacted by your lifestyle choices and family history. And as the first line of defense for your body, keeping your lungs healthy is imperative.

The Role of Your Respiratory System

Your respiratory system includes your nose, throat, windpipe, and lungs. It is responsible for pulling air into your body when you breathe, which is then transferred to the bloodstream and sent all over the body. The life-sustaining properties of your lungs are unique in that they are directly connected to the outside world.

Everything you inhale into your body affects your lungs. This includes germs you may breathe in, secondhand smoke, dust, and chemicals. Depending on the things you breathe in regularly, you could develop respiratory issues including:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Lung cancer
  • COPD

Ultimately, the decisions you make on a daily basis have an impact on your overall respiratory health. And just because you might be making some bad decisions now, doesn’t mean you’re doomed. Making positive lifestyle changes can improve your lung function over time.

5 Changes You Can Make for a Healthy Respiratory System

Many people find themselves ignoring respiratory systems such as a cough, shortness of breath or other problems. In most cases, these symptoms could be a sign that something is wrong with the respiratory system. By getting an annual checkup, your doctor can help you to stay on track with making lifestyle improvements that will lead to a healthy respiratory system and improved lung function.

Some of these changes you should consider making:

  1. Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
  2. Avoid exposure to individuals with the flu, viral infections or respiratory illnesses
  3. Incorporate cardiovascular exercises into your regular routine
  4. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and work towards a healthy weight
  5. Get an annual physical to stay on top of health changes

Problems with the lungs are one of the most common health issues in the world. Stay on top of your health now to ensure you stay healthy for as long as possible.

Make Positive Lifestyle Changes at St. Joseph of the Pines

It is common for seniors to fear a loss of independence as they age. By making positive lifestyle changes, seniors can actually stay happier, more independent and healthier longer. At St. Joseph of the Pines, we make it simple for residents to pursue a fulfilling and healthy life through dynamic programming. We encourage you to learn more about all we have to offer by simply contacting us today to schedule a tour.

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