Protect Your Lung Health
Better Nutrition|April 2021
As we learn more about the long-term impact of Covid-19 on the lungs, keeping this vital organ in top shape is more important than ever.
EMILY KANE, ND, LAC

Q.With Covid hitting lungs so heavily, and increasing concerns about air pollution, I’m wondering how to protect my lungs?

In addition to Covid and air pollution, there are numerous risk factors for compromised lung integrity, and smoking is number one. Please get help to turn your head around if you still smoke. Drug and alcohol misuse is likewise harmful, due in part to the risk of passing out and aspirating stomach contents.

Being exposed to extremes of heat or cold can also be hard on the lungs, so be prepared against those possibilities. (Scarves can help!) Folks with significant scoliosis can suffer from lung compression to some degree and need to add daily protective measures into their routines. Being hospitalized also increases your risk of lung problems, so do your best to stay well! And, not surprisingly, immobility weakens the lungs, so make it a point to move and breathe deeply every day. Find something fun that feels good, even if it’s just wiggling around on the floor with your arms and legs in the air.

Eating for Lung Health

A good diet is the foundation of good health. And it’s especially important these days when “convenience” has seemingly overtaken common sense when it comes to the food we eat. Simply put: Don’t buy junk food. There’s no reason to whatsoever. You may think you like the taste, but after giving it up for a few weeks, you’ll notice that it starts to taste disgusting. Because it is disgusting. So be wily. Don’t succumb to advertising or convenience when it comes to your health.

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