The official blog of the Lung Institute.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. —Aristotle
Most of us want to enjoy a healthy, happy lifestyle, but sometimes it helps to be reminded of the good, the bad and the ugly habits we pursue in our daily lives, and the effects they have on us. We’ve taken the liberty of putting together a short list of Lifestyle Choices to Maintain Healthy Lungs for people who must cope with a chronic lung disease each day. We’d be happy to hear what you think.
Quit Smoking as Part of Your Lifestyle Choices to Maintain Healthy Lungs
The single most effective habit you could possibly apply toward the health of your entire body is to quit smoking. Not only does smoking harm your body from the inside out, it gradually shaves years off your lifespan and makes the years you have left less enjoyable. Quitting smoking can be incredibly difficult, but for longevity and pulmonary health, it’s the number-one priority.
Diet and Exercise
In addressing nearly any issue related to health, healthy diet and regular exercise is often the easiest and most effective form of preventative medicine. For those with COPD who suffer from limited mobility, the best options for exercise can be the simplest. By walking for only 30 minutes a day, it’s possible to significantly improve cardiovascular function, which aids in oxygenating the body. For other low-mobility exercises that require nothing but some open space and a bit of concentration, yoga and tai chi can be excellent options for mind and body alike and are great for people with significant mobility impairments.
Drink More Water
To stay hydrated, it’s important to drink enough of the right kinds of fluids every day. Drinking water is the clearly the natural way to stay hydrated. The body is made up of up to 50 percent water, and when we become dehydrated, our bodies have trouble with daily functions, including:
- Lubricating joints
- Regulating body temperature
- Protecting the eyes and mouth
- Removing waste from the body
- Transporting nutrients throughout the body
Through sweating, urinating and breathing, a person can lose 2-3 quarts of water per day, so it’s crucial for people to replace the water in their bodies. Doctors recommend that people with COPD drink 64 to 86 ounces of water, or about 8 to 12 glasses.
What can I do to treat COPD?
Although a diagnosis of COPD can seem insurmountable, the first step to living a longer life getting a COPD screening and finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. In conjunction with holistic COPD treatment options, changing one’s diet and gaining consistent exercise are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. Along with these lifestyle choices to maintain healthy lungs, seeking COPD treatment is also important.
If you’re looking to address COPD disease progression directly, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.