There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all.
-Robert Orben

With the air quality outside being somewhere close to apocalyptic, I thought I’d look at some articles about keeping our lungs healthy.  Here are some highlights.

EXERCISE!!

Well, this is a no-brainer, but at least its something you can control, when the quality of your air is not…

Physical fitness improves the efficiency of your lungs at getting oxygen into the bloodstream and transporting it to the working muscles. That’s one of the reasons that you are less likely to become short of breath during exercise over time. Some types of exercise can also strengthen the muscles of the neck and chest, including the diaphragm and muscles between the ribs that work together to power inhaling and exhaling.

https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/wellness/exercise-and-lung-health

There are even Lung Exercises – used mostly by people in pulmonary rehabilitation but these types of exercises are very similar to the type of work you do when you learn meditation, which also has shown to be immensely beneficial to overall health.

The 20 Best Foods for Lung Health

Consuming a diet high in nutritious foods and beverages is a smart way to support and protect lung health. Top 20 Foods are: Beets and beet greens, EdPeppers, Apples, Red Cabbage, Pumpkin, Tumeric, Tomatos, Blueberries, Green Tea, Edamame, Olive Oil, Oysters, Yogurt, Brazil Nuts, Coffee, Swiss Chard, Barley, Anchovies, Lentils, Cocoa!