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August Wellness: Focus on Respiratory Health

The body’s respiratory system is made up of organs and tissues that help us breathe. Keeping this system strong and healthy is important to our health and well-being, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep the following tips in mind to keep your respiratory system strong:

Quit smoking

Being a current or former cigarette smoker may increase your risk of illness. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Secondhand smoke is related to thousands of adult deaths per year. Even if you don’t smoke, you should avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible.

Beat summer allergies

April showers and May flowers are almost gone, and summer allergies are in full bloom. Allergies can trigger dangerous symptoms for those who suffer from asthma. It is important to reduce allergy triggers and take extra steps when pollen counts are high.

Avoid air pollution

Summer’s strong sunlight and calm winds create clouds of ozone and smog around cities. Check the outdoor air quality before leaving your home. Test your home for radon, mold, and carbon monoxide to prevent possible lung damage.

Exercise

Getting enough exercise makes your lungs better at giving your body the oxygen it needs. Regular exercise can help prevent breathing issues and make your lungs and breathing muscles stronger. It is also a great way to manage stress during this time.

For more information about staying healthy during COVID-19, go
to CDC.gov. Talk with your health care provider if you have any
concerns or if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19.

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