The lungs are one of the most important organs in the human body. They help us breathe and act as natural filters that prevent infections and also keep us safe from air pollution. This is why it’s highly important to keep the lungs clean and healthy. However, our respiratory system is under constant attack from harmful substances in the air which can harm the lungs and cause a variety of respiratory problems. Asthma, coughs, bronchitis and pulmonary embolism are just some of the diseases external irritants can cause. All of them are either mildly or severely dangerous and should be resolved as soon as possible.
Below you can see 9 simple tips which will help your lungs heal and keep them strong and healthy:
Elevate your head when sleeping
When sleeping, make sure your head is elevated at 15 degrees in order to prevent mucus from seeping into your throat. Just put an extra pillow under your head and you should be fine.
Ask a friend to help you clean the excess mucus in the lungs
Excess mucus in the lungs can lead to serious obstructions and make you unable to breathe properly. However, getting it all out by yourself is very hard. In order to loosen up and remove the excess phlegm from your lungs, you should ask for your friend’s help. Go down on your knees and hands like in the picture above, then tell them to tap your upper back lightly and you try coughing.
Keep your home clean
Lung problems can often be caused by excessive exposure to mold which may be present in your home. The toxic spores of the mold may cause irritation in your lungs and bring asthma attacks and allergies as well. Clean your home well and often and make sure to get rid of the mold on your walls as soon s you notice it.
Protect your lungs
If you live in a polluted city, we suggest wearing a mask whenever you’re going out. This will protect your lungs from irritation and inflammation and prevent a variety of respiratory problems.
When you need to cough, cough
Don’t suppress coughing – it’s a natural reaction of your lungs which are trying to get rid of the excess mucus. Suppressing a cough can actually be harmful for your lungs, so only use cough suppressants when it’s absolutely necessary.
Eat a healthy diet
Eating a healthy and organic diet is of vital importance for your overall health, including the health of your lungs. If you can’t afford to eat organic foods only, at least reduce your intake of processed foods. Drink plenty of water as well to keep your lungs hydrated and healthy.
There are more than a few physical exercises that can boost the function of all your internal organs including the lungs. These exercises will improve your blood flow and help essential nutrients reach your lungs quickly. Here are a few exercises we recommend:
The Chinese Exercise
Sit on a chair with your back straight, then inhale, lift your arms up and extend them in front of you and exhale. Now, inhale and move your arms to the side and exhale and again, inhale, lift your arms over your head and exhale. Repeat the Chinese exercise 10 times.
Stand upright on the floor with your feet touching, then bend down until your arms touch the toes. Exhale to push out all the air from your lungs, then inhale and go back to the original position. We should mention that this exercise is not suitable for people suffering from leg or back pain.
Stand upright with your feet wide apart, then bend at the waist on one side and the other. When you’re bent, lift the opposite arm over your head and exhale, then inhale when going to the starting position and exhale on the other side.
The way we breathe has a direct impact on our lung and overall health. The better you breathe, the stronger your lungs will be. Proper breathing will boost the amount of oxygen in your lungs and help you release all the carbon dioxide from them. Here are a few simple exercises that will help you learn how to breathe properly:
Pursed lip breathing
Breathe through your nose for a few seconds, then release the air through pursed lips for up to 10 seconds. This simple exercise can also help you in cases of asthma or panic attacks.
Lie down on the floor and put one of your hands on your chest and the other on your stomach. Inhale through your nose for a few seconds, then exhale through pursing lips by pressing your belly for 4-5 seconds. Repeat the exercise for 5 minutes.
Take a deep breath through your nose, then exhale and make a humming sound while doing it. This type of breathing will strengthen your diaphragm and get more oxygen to your lungs.
Sit down on the floor in the padmasana pose with your hands on your knees and palms upward. Now, lift one of your arms, close one nostril with your finger and inhale. Close the other next and exhale, then inhale through the same nostril. Breathe out through the other and keep doing this for 20 minutes.
Press and massage the base of the thumb for about 2-3 minutes in order to start breathing easier.