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Using Respiratory Care Week for Inspiration

By Brandi Swieter 

Respiratory Care Week fell between October 21 and October 27. Now that it's over, individuals should continue to focus on healthier breathing and learning ways to keep their respiratory systems working well. Respiratory health is an important part of overall wellness, so working on it now and learning tips for keeping it well is very advantageous. Use the celebrated week as an inspiration for maintaining lung health now and in the future. 

Avoid Illness

Even the common cold can wreak havoc on the respiratory system, making it difficult to breathe normally. All the coughing and wheezing done can have the lungs working overtime. Avoiding illness is one of the best ways to prevent this from occurring. It may be easier said than done, but there are ways to avoid getting sick that people can try. Washing hands frequently is one solution. Skip the crowds and do not go near others that are known to be sick at that time. People should also practice good dental hygiene. Bacteria in the mouth can cause illness, so brushing often and using mouthwash can be a huge help.

Clean the Air Filters and Vents in the Home and Car

Breathing in dust and other debris is one surefire way to suffer from breathing troubles. People everywhere should be sure they are regularly cleaning out and maintaining their air filters and vents both in their homes and vehicles. Removing dust and particles means there is nothing left behind to breathe in. 

Stop Smoking

Anyone who smokes is putting a lot of pressure on their lungs. All of that inhaled smoke is filled with toxins that do serious damage to the respiratory system. That is why many smokers develop a cough and find it difficult to catch their breath. Stop smoking to allow the lungs the chance to rid itself of the harmful chemicals put into it. Secondhand smoke is just as harmful to others nearby. Those who do smoke and do not intend on quitting should at least be sure to avoid doing it near others who would also be affected.

Learning about keeping a healthy respiratory system is important because healthy lungs are a vital component of overall health and wellness. With poor breathing comes a slew of other health problems that can cause serious struggles for those who face them. Everyone should do their best to avoid harmful substances and chemicals and keep themselves well for improved breathing and overall well-being.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

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