Breathe Easier! 10 Healthy Lung Tips

Older man outside smiling at camera and holding his chinRespiratory problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and bronchitis affect millions of Americans. Poorly functioning lungs decrease oxygen flow to the rest of your body and compromise stamina, as well as increasing the risk of pneumonia and other potentially fatal lung diseases.

The best advice for anyone concerned about having healthy lungs is, of course, not to smoke. Here’s also 10 more tips to help keep your lungs strong and healthy:

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1. Do you snore? If the answer is yes, make an appointment with a sleep specialist and get checked for sleep apnea. The condition, in which you stop breathing dozens or even hundreds of times during the night, can actually damage your lungs nearly as much as smoking. Fortunately, it’s treatable.