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4 Things to Know about the Environment and Respiratory Health

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Most of us take breathing clean air for granted. However, environmental factors have a more significant effect on the lungs than any other organ in the body since they come into direct contact with pollution and other irritants. However, our environment is all around us, and we really can’t get away from it.

That doesn’t mean we are doomed to respiratory issues. Try a little mindful breathing and read on to learn more about the environment and respiratory health. For tips on how to keep your lungs healthy, check out this infographic.

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Outdoor Air Quality and Respiratory Health

It’s long been acknowledged that air pollution is bad for our lungs. But did you know that in addition to increasing chronic lung disease, it can speed up the aging of the lungs? Since we all have to go outside, there are a few things you can do. Avoid spending time outside in rush hour, find a park and breathe in some fresh air, and if you like exercising outside, try to do it in the morning.

 

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Commuting and Respiratory Health

Most of us don’t give a thought to the air we breathe while driving to and from work. Exposure to traffic emissions have been linked to numerous issues such as asthma symptoms and diminished lung function. To minimize your exposure, keep your windows closed and set the air conditioner to recycle air.

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Indoor Air Pollution and Respiratory Health

Poor indoor air quality can be just as damaging to your lungs as outdoor air pollution. Surprised? Indoor air can contain bacteria, viruses, dust and dust mites, mold and dampness, carbon monoxide, pet dander, and more. To keep your indoor air healthy, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, don’t store chemicals in your home, and run fans or open a window when cooking.

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Secondhand Smoke and Respiratory Health

By now, everyone knows the dangers of smoking, so I’m not even going to go there. Secondhand smoke is a major environmental factor in respiratory health. Researchers have tracked risk factors for COPD as an adult to being exposed to secondhand smoke as a child, it’s that much of a risk. Avoid being around smokers in enclosed areas, and don’t let people smoke in your house.

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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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