The lungs play a vital role in various bodily functions. It is a pair organ, but even if it comes in a pair, and the body can still function with one lung, it does not necessarily mean that you can be lax when it comes to taking care of your lungs, especially at this time and age when the world is in a pandemic. The virus is deadly, and if your lungs are weak, you can easily catch the virus. Your body needs to be in top shape to be able to fight off the virus.
There are effective ways to preventing lung damage from virus (วิธี ป้องกัน ไม่ ให้ เชื้อ ลง ปอด, term in Thai). These include the following:
· Proper hydration
Healthy lungs are those that are lubricated properly. Sufficient lubrication is a must to help the lungs get rid of mucus and other irritants. You should drink half of your body weight in ounces of water.
· Diet and nutrition
The food you eat plays a vital role in your overall body nutrition. The lungs, in particular, rely on your diet and nutrition to be able to decrease inflammatory responses in the airways. It would be helpful if you were to consume foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins, such as fruits, vegetables, and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. Foods good for the lungs include edible seeds and nuts, apples, green tea, wild salmon, black coffee, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cruciferous vegetables, garlic, pumpkin, and oranges.
You can improve your lungs’ ability to facilitate air flow through physical activity. Aerobic exercises improve the flow of oxygen in the bloodstream and increase the flow of air to vital organs such as the lungs, heart, and muscles. It does not necessarily mean that you have to perform strenuous exercise. A 30-minute moderate exercise three to five times a week can help strengthen the functions of the lungs.
· Avoid vices
Another way of preventing the lungs from the damaging effects of viruses is to avoid vices such as smoking of any kind, such as tobacco, marijuana, or even vaping. Such substances cause lung inflammation and a build-up of mucus, which could affect the ability of the lungs to facilitate the flow of oxygen in the bloodstream.
· Reduce, if not totally avoid, exposure to allergens, pollution, and irritants
Stay away from irritants as they can cause the lungs to inflame. Pollen, hairsprays, cleaners, and smokey environments are all potential lung irritants.
· Take good care of your oral health
The mouth is a pathway connected to the lungs, and your oral health can significantly affect your lung health. That is why it is important to maintain a healthy tongue, teeth, and gums. Make it a habit to brush your teeth two to three times a day and floss twice a day.
· Have a flu shot
Flu can cause havoc on your pulmonary health, so it is important to observe measures to not catch the flu, one of which is having a flu vaccine. Make sure you have an up-to-date flu shot.