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Ways to Keep Your Lungs Healthy

1. Don't Smoke

Tobacco smoke can narrow and inflame your airway and make it harder to breathe. It could irritate your lungs and give you a nagging cough. Overtime the smoke destroys tissues. Smoking is the no. 1 cause of lung cancer.

2. Clean Your Carpets

It's a good idea to vacuum your carpets three times a week, and steam clean them every year. That's because they can trap mold, cockroach droppings, dust, mites, dirt and dust that can get into the air and into your lungs.

3. Stay Active

Exercise helps keep your heart healthy, but it's also good for your lungs. A walk, jog or regular tennis game can do good. Take about 30 minutes, five times a week.

4. Check Your Appliances

Wherever gas burns, as in certain cooktops, ovens, and space heaters, it makes a chemical called nitrous oxide. This can inflame your lungs, and make you cough and wheeze, and can trigger asthma. You may also make it when you burn wood, coal, or kerosene. Make sure your appliances are in good condition.

5. Drink Plenty of Water

There is a thin lining of mucus inside your lungs. When you get enough water during the day, this lining stays thin, which helps lungs do their job better.

6. Wash Your Hands

An airway infection, like a cold and get into your lungs and cause serious health problems. You can protect yourself and keep germs away by washing your hands often with soap and water. Also brush your teeth twice a day.

7. Laugh More

It's a great workout for your stomach muscles and helps increase the amount of air your lungs can take in. Much like sports, jogging, or breathing exercises, a good laugh clears out stale air to make room for fresh air that can reach more parts of your lungs.

8. Keep Cockroaches away

Their poop and bits of their bodies turn to dust on your floors, sheets, blankets and furniture. When it gets stirred up into the air, it can trigger allergies and other lung problems.

9. Get Regular Checkups

It’s a good way to spot illnesses before they get out of hand. This may be especially important for lung disease, which may not show symptoms until they are already far along.

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