Breathing Health Resources
When it comes to breathing health, it is important to consider what you are breathing and how that affects the health of your airways and lungs. A variety of different irritants can affect the health of your respiratory system, so it is up to you to avoid them whenever possible for your breathing health management. Here are some resources to help you protect your lungs and maintain your breathing health.
Breathing Health Guidelines
Avoid exposing your lungs to anything that causes irritation, swelling or inflammation in order to keep your respiratory system healthy. Breathing health guidelines recommend that you minimize exposure to irritants to keep your lungs functioning as they should. Here is how you can keep your respiratory system and breathing health in top shape.
- Stay away from tobacco smoke. The number one enemy to breathing health is smoking, but even regular exposure to secondhand smoke can be detrimental to your respiratory system. If you smoke, quit immediately and avoid contact with secondhand smoke whenever possible.
- Minimize exposure to indoor pollutants. Secondhand smoke is a common indoor pollutant, but there are a number of other common indoor household irritants that also affect your breathing health. Avoid chemicals like pesticides or cleaning products, biological pollutants like mold and dust mites and combustible pollutants used for heating or cooking like wood or oil. Check your home for radon and beware of any toxins that could be released during construction like asbestos, lead or VOCs.
- Minimize exposure to outdoor air pollution. While it is impossible to completely avoid outdoor pollution, it is possible to reduce your exposure on particularly polluted days. You may have to contend with smog, which contains ozone and other lung irritating particles, and you may also need to be aware of wildfire season, when smoke can make it difficult to breathe. Monitor the EPA’s Air Quality Index for your area and stay inside when pollution levels are high. If you must go outdoors, limit your activity and consider wearing a mask.
- Stay healthy. Fight potential respiratory infections by avoiding spending time around people who are sick and washing your hands frequently, particularly after spending time in public. Stay up-to-date on your vaccinations, including your yearly flu shot, and if you do get sick, stay home and take care of yourself so you can recover without spreading your infection to others.
Breathing Health Management
While avoiding irritants and infection are important for your breathing health, there are also other steps you can take to maintain your breathing health. Breathing health management is also about maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. Here are some breathing health management techniques to keep your respiratory system as healthy as possible.
- Breathe properly. It is possible to get into bad breathing habits, so work on your breathing techniques to ensure you are breathing as efficiently and effectively as possible. Practice diaphragmatic breathing, which helps you achieve a deeper inhale, and practice slow, deep breathing. Pay attention to your posture, too. The more room you make for your lungs, the better your breathing will be.
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is good for your health all around, but it also helps keep mucus thin, helping your lungs function more effectively and improving your breathing health.
- Stay active. Breathing health guidelines recommend staying active to keep your lungs working properly. Part of breathing health management is ensuring that your respiratory system is working like it should, and the best way to test that is to get some exercise each day.
Inogen Curated Breathing Health Resources to Help You
Following breathing health guidelines is good for your overall health, so Inogen has compiled the following breathing health resources to get you started. Talk to your doctor about your breathing health patient information and ask which resources will help you most with your breathing health management.
American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC): Gain information about Respiratory Care Week, how to learn more about respiratory care and how respiratory therapists can help raise awareness of lung health.
- American Cancer Society: Information about the health risks of secondhand smoke.
- American Lung Association (ALA): Tips for protecting your lungs and your breathing health.
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: Helpful information about how air pollution affects people with asthma and what you can do to reduce your exposure to a variety of different pollutants.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC): A fact sheet regarding secondhand smoke and how it affects you and your lungs.
- Mayo Clinic: An informative Q and A that reviews how cleaning products can hurt your lungs and affect your breathing health.
- Medical News Today: Helpful tips for cleansing toxins from your lungs to maintain good breathing health.
- National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NIH): Information about secondhand smoke and how it causes cancer.
At Inogen, we know that breathing health management requires regular maintenance. If you struggle with your breathing health, we can help you find the breathing health guidelines that are best for you and your respiratory issues. Talk to your doctor, and contact us for more information about maintaining your respiratory health.