Respiratory illnesses are contagious. This is why you see medical experts emphasizing the importance of sneezing into your elbow to stop spreading germs. It’s important to maintain your health while COVID-19 is still happening. Until you can get the vaccine, be sure to maintain your distance from others and wear a mask. If you begin to have trouble breathing, visit the emergency room. AFC Urgent Care Norwalk provides COVID testing and treatment for respiratory illnesses. Visit us today for any symptom that has you feeling under the weather. 

How to Keep a Healthy Immune System

The primary reasons for most respiratory illnesses are viruses and bacteria. But the good news is that you can prevent any such complication from happening to you by merely staying healthy. All it takes is a few conscious choices, some great exercises daily, and you’re most likely to live in optimal health for long years.

When you indulge in poor habits such as smoking, not exercising daily, and eating calories, harmful fats, and sugar-laden foods, you lose health way before its time. Smoking itself can cause lung cancer, emphysema, heart diseases, and several other respiratory problems.

Simple lifestyle choices such as not smoking, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, exercising, breathing fresh air in the outdoors, and resting well can protect you from many chronic illnesses. Other measures can improve your respiratory health as well. This includes covering your face with a mask when outdoors or doing yard work, avoiding second-hand smoke, keeping a distance from visibly sick people, and washing your hands frequently.

Foods and Exercises to Do

The foods that can boost your lung function include:

  • Beetroot and beet greens
  • Apples
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkin
  • Tomato and tomato products
  • Turmeric
  • Green tea
  • Blueberries
  • Red cabbage

Exercises that are good for your lungs include:

  • The pursed-lip breathing exercise- this breathing exercise helps you keep your airways open longer that more stale air trapped inside you can exit as you exhale.
  • Diaphragmatic breathing- this breathing exercise boosts your diaphragm muscle and improves the efficiency of your lung function. You must breathe through your belly in this exercise by keeping one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach as you exhale. Using your nose, breathe in for two seconds and then exhale for two seconds with pursed lips.
  • Rib stretch- this exercise is just as its name implies. You have to expand or stretch your ribs in this to help your lungs draw in as much air as possible. For this one, you have to stand upright with your hands on your hips. Then you have to inhale slowly till you fill your lungs. Trying holding your breath for at least 20 seconds or as much as you can and then exhale. Do this thrice.