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Breathe Easy: 4 Ways to Improve Your Family’s Respiratory Health

Being able to take a deep breath is an overlooked luxury that can get difficult as people age. Environmental pollutants and interior fumes can lead to respiratory difficulties for almost any healthy individual. To improve your family’s respiratory health, integrate some of these tips into your everyday routines.

Add Interior Plants

Plants breathe air like humans do, but they expel oxygen instead of carbon dioxide. Fill the home with shade-loving plants so that the surrounding air is filled with ample oxygen. A side effect to this transpiration is toxin eradication, states Healthline. Plants absorb many toxins from the air, and they end up in the soil. They’ll eventually be neutralized so that they’re no longer harmful to people. Ideally, place more plants in a home that’s large compared to a small apartment.

Take a Walk

Exercising by simply taking a walk improves your respiratory system in several ways. Your lungs receive a workout because they must fill up to capacity and release the air on a more frequent basis. The cardiovascular system that’s closely connected to the respiratory system will offer a substantial rise in blood volumes to cover the oxygen needs to the rest of the body. After a 20- or 30-minute walk, you’ll feel like all of your tissues have been completely oxygenated.

Maintain the Furnace

Your furnace plays an important role during the winter as cold weather sets in. However, a neglected furnace can emanate fumes that are irritating to some family members. During the colder months, replace or clean the filter once a month. Professionals, like those at Pacific Aire, Inc., know how important it is to have a clean air filter in your furnace. Someone should also evaluate the furnace so that any adjustments can be made to the mechanical parts. All of these maintenance tasks will greatly improve the interior air while the cold winter continues on outside.

Sanitize Those Hands

Wash, sanitize and keep those hands away from your face. Your hands are one of the primary pathways for germs to enter your body, especially around the mouth and nose. Your lungs can often suffer from infections as a result of the germs being spread from your hands and into the mucous membranes. By keeping your hands clean, fewer germs can enter the body. Fewer respiratory infections will keep your lungs healthy for many years too, including into retirement.

Drinking enough fluids during the day can also help your respiratory system because water has a direct relationship to the secretions found in your lungs. From drinking water to exercising on a regular basis, these pursuits will help your respiratory health in little time.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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