9. Improve Air Quality
The air you breathe in has a huge impact on your lung health. You may not have control over outdoor air pollution, but you can surely improve your indoor air quality where you spend most of your time.
Indoor air is as contaminated as outdoor places, due to regular use of chemical-based cleaners, air fresheners, and other scents.
Indoor air pollutants include carbon monoxide, radon gas, formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia and trichloroethylene can cause harm to your lungs.
- Ensure regular cleaning, dusting and mopping of floors to remove dirt and dust.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with strong suction, rotating brushes and good quality filter to ensure proper cleaning.
- Minimize the use of harsh cleaners and cleaners with strong fragrances. Switch to non-toxic options for cleaning.
- Avoid using aerosol sprays laden with chemicals.
- Use at least 2 houseplants such as fern, spider plant, peace lily, bamboo palm, aloe vera, English Ivy, dracaena, and others per 100 square feet of space. These plants should be in 10- to 12-inch pots.
- Ensure adequate ventilation.
- Use a good quality humidifier to maintain proper humidity level.
- Make your home a no-smoking zone.
10. Lung-Cleansing Foods
Foods you eat may affect the health of your lungs. A healthy diet stimulates the body’s natural cleansing mechanisms and strengthens immune system.
- Start your day with a glass of lemon water and make sure to drink an ample amount of water throughout the day. Proper hydration facilitates the cleansing process.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as grapefruit, kiwi, bell peppers, oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, and pineapples.
- Include antioxidant-rich foods like garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, ginger, oregano, turmeric, apples and green tea in your diet.
- Eat folate-rich foods, such as lentils and black beans.
- Opt for monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, while avoiding foods that contain trans-fat and saturated fat.
- Take a hot shower or sit in a sauna for 15 to 20 minutes to aid detoxification.
- Quit smoking. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Exercise daily to increase lung capacity.
- Exercise outdoors in an open area, away from traffic or other sources of pollution if possible.
- Avoid highly polluted and industrialized areas.
- Avoid sodas, coffee and alcohol.
- Play a wind instrument to increase your lung strength and endurance.