Checking in With Your Lungs

Lung Health Day 2016 will take place on Wednesday, the 26th of October 2016.  It is celebrated every Wednesday of the Respiratory Care Week annually on the last full week of October.

The lungs are an essential respiratory organ, located near the backbone on either side of the heart. Their main function is to transport oxygen from the atmosphere into the bloodstream and to release carbon dioxide from the bloodstream into the atmosphere. The body’s cells need the oxygen to work and grow.

The lungs never rest. In just one day, a healthy person breathes nearly 25,000 times.

Sometimes we take our lungs for granted. They keep us alive and well and for the most part, we don’t need to think about them. That’s why it is important to prioritize your lung health.

The body has a natural defense system designed to protect the lungs. This works very well most of the time, keeping out dirt and fighting off germs. However, several harmful substances can damage the airways and threaten the lungs’ ability to work properly, which can lead to lung disease.

 Some common lung diseases are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis, lung cancer and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). People with lung disease have difficulty breathing and some diseases can even lead to respiratory failure.

There are some important things you can do to reduce your risk of lung disease. Here are some ways to keep your lungs healthy.

Ways to keep your lungs strong and healthy:
  1. Don’t Smoke. If you smoke, it is time to quit to improve the condition of your lungs. …
  2. Avoid Secondhand Smoke. …
  3. Limit Your Exposure to Pollutants. …
  4. Improve Indoor Air. …
  5. Do Deep Breathing Exercises Daily. …
  6. Play a Wind Instrument. …

Get Regular Check-ups

Regular check-ups help prevent diseases, even when you are feeling well. This is especially true for lung disease, which sometimes goes undetected until it is serious. During a check-up, your healthcare provider will listen to your breathing and listen to your concerns.


Regular physical activity and exercise improves quality of life, whether you are healthy or you have a lung condition. Many people associate keeping fit with maintaining a healthy heart, losing weight and reducing the risk of illnesses such as diabetes, but exercise also helps keep lungs healthy.

Aerobic exercise helps improve your lung capacity. Specific breathing exercises can also help improve your lung function. Exercise and breathing techniques are also great for improving your mood and helping you relax.  Breathe easy, breathe happy!


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