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Lifestyle Changes to Improve and Recover Post-Covid Lung Health

Post-covid: Quit smoking today to reduce further lung damage

Covid-19 has taken the world by storm since its appearance at the end of 2019. The coronavirus often attacks and damages our respiratory system. Our lungs are an integral part of our respiratory system. Studies have shown that covid-19 could cause long-term damage to our lungs.

COVID-19 can lead to lung problems such as pneumonia and, in the most severe cases, ARDS. Another potential consequence of COVID-19, sepsis, can permanently damage the lungs and other organs. Other respiratory illnesses like bronchitis that can be serious enough to require hospitalization can also be caused by newer strains of coronavirus.

Patients can take several steps to reduce their risk of suffering less severe lung damage. Regaining adequate lung capacity and function is an essential step in the healing process. Improved lung function also helps clear mucus from the lungs, making it easier to breathe. In this article, we list lifestyle changes you can make to improve your post-covid lung health.

Here are lifestyle choices that can help you recover from covid-19 and improve your lung health:

1. Exercise

Exercise the lung muscles to increase their capacity and function as this is one of the best ways to improve lung function. Similar to any physical activity, exercises that increase lung function focus on strengthening and expanding lung capacity. gradually increase the capacity of the body and lungs. These workouts can improve the way our lungs expand. Respiratory problems can be managed and shortness of breath can be reduced through the use of pulmonary rehabilitation.

2. Eat well

Our overall immune system is boosted by eating antioxidant-rich foods, which also benefits our lung function. Essential nutrients can be obtained through a nutritious diet, which also benefits the lungs. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, grains, juices, home-cooked meals, and foods rich in vitamins and minerals should all be consumed. Water intake should be increased during recovery from COVID-19 in addition to important dietary adjustments as it is essential for improving the overall health of our body.

3. Quit smoking

Smoking alters the functional and morphological characteristics of the lungs and immune cells. Smoking not only harms the health and functionality of your lungs, but also puts additional stress on other crucial organs. Smoking after COVID-19 can lead to lung infections and long-term health problems. Talk to your doctor to find the best ways to quit smoking.

4. Drink in moderation

Alcohol has a similar impact on our body’s immune system as smoking. As a result, our immune system has more difficult infections to fight off over time. It further affects the functioning and health of other organs such as our liver. Drinking occasionally may not cause the same harm.

In conclusion, simple lifestyle changes can go a long way in ensuring that your lungs stay healthy and function at their best potential. You can improve your lung health and recover quickly from the long symptoms of COVID-19 by making these important lifestyle adjustments. Be sure to take good care of your lungs and your body in general. You should also seek the help of a doctor to help you figure out how you can take care of yourself after covid.

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