Take Care of your Lungs! – life+running

Take Care of your Lungs!

How many times a year do you visit the doctor?  Now, how many times are those visits caused by sickness or another form of ailment?  Like many Americans, the answer to the latter question is most of them.  We are a society that typically focuses on our health when it starts deteriorating rather than when it is in good standing.  In particular we tend to neglect our lung health.  Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death amongst Americans.  In honor of National Healthy Lung Month* and National Lung Cancer Awareness Month* I have teamed up with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance to help show you how to be more proactive with your lung health!

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EXERCISE

Perform aerobic exercises like running and walking at least 2-3 times a week.  Aerobic exercise increases lung capacity and helps to improve overall health.

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AVOID TOXINS

Test your home for asbestos and radon whenever you renovate or invest in a new home.  Exposure to harmful toxins such as these within the home can cause cancers such as mesothelioma.

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QUIT SMOKING

90% of all lung cancer arise from tobacco use.  Just 72 hours after quitting smoking the bronchial tubes in the lungs begin to relax and in turn start working more effectively.

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IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Air purifiers can easily filter out harmful toxins along with mildew, dander, and dust.  Household plants can also serve as air filters to harmful organic compounds.

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Here’s to healthy lungs! 

I collaborated with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance to produce this content, and I believe that the content they are sharing is important for people’s health.

*November was National Lung Cancer Awareness month and National Healthy Lung month, and I meant to post then. I felt the message was important, so I’m posting now. 🙂

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