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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.