Everyone by now understands that smoking is bad for your health, right? However, knowledge isn’t always power, because tobacco use continues to kill over 480,000 people a year in the United States.
“What happens to my lungs when I smoke?”
When you inhale smoke, deep inside the lungs, the cigarette smoke damages the floating scavenger cells that work to remove foreign particles from the lungs’ tiny air sacs. The damage to your air sacs, airways, and the linings of your lungs can lead to further breathing complications and the eventual development of COPD. To make matters worse, a lot of what you inhale then turns into tar. If you’re a pack-a-day smoker, then you ingest a full cup of tar every year from smoking.
“Do my lungs ever recover after I quit smoking?”
The short answer is yes. Our bodies are always healing and finding ways to repair the damage we do to ourselves. There are a few things that you can do to help your body further improve your lungs’ functioning after you stop smoking:
Go heavy on the antioxidants and drop the dairy, white flour, and sugar. Antioxidants are substances that help prevent free radical damage to your organs. Some examples of good antioxidants are blueberries, grapes, broccoli, spinach, green tea, fish, and walnuts. Avoiding dairy and sugary products will minimize the mucus created in your lungs, making it easier for your lungs to take in oxygen.
Improve your indoor air. Limiting the number of toxins your lungs are exposed to could be beneficial in the recovery of your lungs’ capacity. Vacuuming on a consistent basis as well as implementing air purifiers could be helpful.
Exercise and breathe in fresh air. This one is simple, the more you exercise your lungs and heart, the better your body will feel. Exercise and inhaling clean air are vital in the recovery of your lungs.
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