Hebbie Posted October 27, 2004 Share Posted October 27, 2004 Dr. Weil's Daily Tip 10/27/04 Want Healthy Lungs? Most people breathe about 20,000 times per day - more if they are exercising strenuously. Don't take your lungs for granted; instead, take good care of them by doing the following: * Avoid irritants. Pollution, bacteria, viruses, molds, chemical and gas fumes...all can aggravate your lungs. Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter at home to filter out irritants, especially if you have pets. * Eat antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Apples, oranges and tomatoes can nourish the lungs, and carotenes in carrots, yellow squash and dark leafy greens may help protect against lung cancer. * Exercise. Regular fitness strengthens breathing muscles and improves the respiratory system. If you have lung problems, talk with your physician about a fitness program. *Do breathing exercises. Try taking slow, deep, regular breaths, and extend each exhalation to squeeze out more air. * Stop smoking. Avoid second-hand smoke, too. Both can lead to lung cancer. *Clean out your lungs. Drinking pure water can help to rid your lungs of germs, irritants and toxins. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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