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Have you ever had that sensation after exercising where your heart is pounding and your lungs are on fire from heavy breathing? If you have, don’t worry, this is actually a good thing! The functioning of both our heart and lungs is very much intertwined. Your body relies on the health of your heart and lungs to deliver nutrients and oxygen to all of your organs.
Leading an inactive lifestyle or being overweight can take a serious toll on your heart and lungs and place excess stress on these vital organs. Making a commitment to improving your heart and lung strength is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health. What are some basic tips to help improve your heart and lung health?
Heart and Lung Health Tips
According to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, 56 percent of adults have been told by a healthcare professional to improve their health. Making sure that your heart and lung function properly is the key to keeping you on the go! Here are a few tips to help you out:
Don’t Smoke…At All
Smoking is hands down the worst thing that you can do to your heart and lungs. Smoking causes your lungs to blacken and forces your heart to beat faster. The more that you smoke, the greater the risk for lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Exercise in itself won’t make your lungs stronger, but it can help you get more out them. The more exercise you do, the easier it is for your lungs to keep the heart and muscles supplied with plenty of oxygen. Try walking, jogging, running or even swimming to help your body out.
Yummy Healthy Food!
Eating a healthy diet can have great effects on the heart and lungs! Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale and more) have been known to reduce the chances of lung cancer and provide the heart with healthy nutrients. Studies have shown that eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (i.e. salmon, herring, sardines and tuna) with your diet can reduce the risk of heart disease by a third or more. Talk with your doctor to see what diet would be best for you!
Try to Relax
Stress can play a huge part in how the heart and lungs function every day. Too much stress forces the heart to beat faster and results in the lungs producing more oxygen for the body. Find an activity/hobby that helps you unwind from a stressful day. When you feel relaxed, your body feels relaxed.
If you have questions about improving heart and lung function, consult your doctor first. If you or a loved one is interested in stem cell therapy for lung disease, then contact us at the Lung Institute to learn more or call (800) 729-3065 today.