Lung Health – How to Keep Your Lungs Healthy and Breathe Easy
By VidyaSury on December 03, 2013
Breathing is an essential part of living. Right? D’uh. It follows that lung health is critical if we want to breathe easy. Our respiratory system, which includes our nose, throat, windpipe and lungs, helps us bring air into our body when we breathe. The oxygen from the air from each breath we take is transferred into the blood stream and distributed to each cell in the body giving them the fuel they need to keep us alive. This important job is performed by the lungs. So, lung health is absolutely essential to a healthy lifestyle.
Did you now that the average adult takes 15 to 20 breaths a minute – which is, what, 20,000 breaths a day? That’s a lot of work for a pair of delicate lungs, would you not say?
Lung health – how do the lungs work?
Our respiratory system, of which the lungs are a part, helps us breathe. Its main function is to bring in fresh air into the body and flush waste gases out of the body. Each cell in our body needs oxygen to live. The air entering the body via the lungs carries oxygen along with other gases. Once the air reaches the lungs, the oxygen is steered into the blood stream which transports it through the body. In each cell, the oxygen cells replace the waste gas, which is carbon dioxide. This waste gas is then carried by the bloodstream back into the lungs, from where it is exhaled out of the body. This gas exchange is an automatic and ongoing process by the lungs and the respiratory system. But it is not just breathing in and out. Besides the gas exchange, the respiratory system also does the following to support the breathing process:
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