How to take good care of your lungs

Humans need air, and cannot go more than a few minutes without it. Therefore, we must take good care of our lungs, which is what we use to take in air.

Never smoke. Notice how it doesn’t say quit smoking, it says never smoke. That means don’t start smoking in the first place, and don’t even try it.

Increase your aerobic capacity. Do some vigorous exercise that really gets you gasping for breath 3-4 times a week.

Breathe in through your nose, especially around toxic fumes. The hair in your nose acts as a filter and only lets extremely fine particles through, and keeps the rest and combines it with mucus.

Watch what you inhale. There are many things that human lungs were not meant to inhale. Remember to breathe in through your nose when around them, but try to avoid them in the first place. Also, try to take shallow breaths so they don’t go deep into your lungs. And after you are done being exposed to them, maybe make yourself cough to force them out. Some bad fumes include:

– Car exhaust and gasoline

– Tobacco smoke and smoke from fire

– Cleaning supplies

– Paint

– Talcum or baby powder: these have microscopic crushed rocks that become trapped in your lungs, use a corn starch based baby powder instead.

– Fiberglass and broken glass: Fiberglass may make tiny cuts in your lungs, broken glass is less fine so it may not be bad at all.

– Ceramic dust or fibre: dust from dry but unfired clay work in the art room at school can be incredibly bad for the lungs. The same goes for ceramic fibre found in loft insulation.

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