Lung Health

Our lungs fuel us with air, sustaining us, extracting the oxygen and pass it into the bloodstream.  However, because lungs process air, they are the only internal organs that are constantly exposed to the external environment. Central to the human respiratory system, they breathe in between 2,100 and 2,400 gallons of air each day—the amount needed to oxygenate the 2,400 gallons or so of blood that is pumped through the heart daily.

With all the harmful and toxic substances polluting the air we breathe today, it becomes crucial that we take extra care of our lungs. Deteriorating air quality is always a growing concern. There are six common air pollutants: carbon monoxide, ozone, lead, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide.

In addition to air pollutants, there is smoker’s cough. Smoker’s cough is the kind of cough seen especially in smokers. Any irritant present in the respiratory system may trigger cough; however, smoker’s cough develops as a consequence of phlegm build up in the trachea. Cigarette smoke disables or paralyzes cilia—small hair like projections protruding from the tracheal epithelium, trapping phlegm. Thus, coughing becomes the only way to remove phlegm.

You can help protect your lungs by increasing its efficiency day to day. One way is to maximize your lung capacity by increasing its size, leading to greater air intake and the proficiency with which they capture oxygen. You may achieve this by practicing deep breathing, exercising in water, participating in rigorous cardiovascular activities, or even playing a wind instrument.

Also, get lots of antioxidants. According to wellness resources and recent scientific studies, antioxidants can work wonders to prevent contraction of the flu and, more specifically, the Swine Flu (H1N1).1 Some antioxidants are berries, broccoli, grapes, tomatoes, tea, garlic, spinach.

Participate in clean air initiatives. Air pollution plays a role in the large number of lung disease victims in the United States organizations like the American Lung Association are spearheading initiatives to clean up the atmosphere and reduce our carbon footprint, moving society toward a green existence. Last, but not least, don’t forget to pay attention to your health at work. Avoid breathing toxic fumes from chemicals, solvents, and paints. Wear a protective mask when you work with chemicals and report unsafe working conditions.

These simple steps may increase the longevity of and protect your lungs. For an all-natural lung cleanse, Canfo’s LungCare® is great alternative.*

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
1Antioxidants Protect Lungs from the Flu  Ahmed Lazrak, Karen E. Iles, Gang Liu, Diana L. Noah, James W. Noah, and Sadis Matalon  1.Ahmed Lazrak, Karen E. Iles, Gang Liu, Diana L. Noah, James W. Noah, and Sadis Matalon
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