Smoking can cause significant damage in your lungs that increases the longer you smoke. However, there’s hope that your lungs may heal after you quit smoking. In fact, there are a number of ways your lungs will show healing once you stop smoking.
4 Ways the Lungs Can Heal After Quitting Smoking
There are thousands of chemicals from smoking that can damage your lungs, and removing this source of damage by quitting smoking is the first step in allowing your lungs to heal. After you quit smoking, your lungs may begin to heal in 4 specific ways.
For one thing, the levels of carbon monoxide in your blood will gradually drop after you quit, which may relieve symptoms like shortness of breath. Quitting will also reduce inflammation that smoking causes in your airways and lungs. In addition, not smoking allows the cilia in your airways to heal and begin protecting your body from potentially harmful bacteria and particles again. Finally, you may also see significant increases in your overall lung function once you stop smoking, and increased lung function may also improve your circulation as well.
Though these 4 types of healing may take place in your lungs after you stop smoking, smoking may also cause serious long-term issues that may be incurable. For instance, smoking is known to increase your risk of developing various chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema. Therefore, quitting smoking is a vitally important step you should take as soon as possible.
Lung Health Institute Can Help Patients With Chronic Lung Diseases
Our health care team at Lung Health Institute is here to help people who have developed chronic lung diseases as a result of smoking. In fact, we offer 2 treatment options that may benefit you greatly.
Our 3 customized Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans include helpful lifestyle and nutrition instructions that can help you Breathe Easier™. For instance, these plans include a list of foods that may improve your lung health. They may also offer benefits such as boosting your immune system and training your body to use healthy fats to reduce inflammation.
A second treatment option we offer chronic lung disease patients is cellular therapy. Cellular therapy is a minimally invasive procedure, and it uses concentrated platelets and cells from your blood to target lung disease. The platelets and cells release healing properties that, when combined with highly concentrated proteins, growth factors and other helpful cells from your blood, may help to heal damaged tissue and reduce inﬂammation in your lungs.
Are you ready to find out if our treatment options can help treat your chronic lung disease? Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.