5 Ways to Treat Your Lungs to Fresh Air for Healthy Lung Month
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 90 percent of their day indoors where the air is often two to five times more polluted than outside. To make matters worse, people with cardiovascular or respiratory disease – who are often most susceptible to the adverse effects of pollution – tend to spend even more time indoors.
Think indoor air pollution might be triggering your symptoms? For Healthy Lung Month, we’re highlighting a few simple tips to transform your living space into a safe haven for deep breaths and hearty laughs.
1. Start from the ground up. Vacuuming with a lightweight HEPA filter model can remove concentrations of lead, pollen, pet dander and dust mites from your home. You can also use a damp microfiber mop – they tend to be easy to handle and great at picking up particles vacuums leave behind.
2. Get to the source of the problem. Work with experts to identify and eliminate individual sources of pollutants. Radon, for example, can cause lung cancer and usually enters through a building’s foundation. Asbestos is another household pollutant found in a variety of products. It’s also associated with lung cancer, in addition to parenchymal asbestosis, pleural fibrosis and mesothelioma.
3. Monitor moisture. Overly humid homes can lead to dust mites and mold. Keep airborne allergens under control by using exhaust fans, hanging clothes to dry outside, fixing plumbing issues and being careful not to overwater houseplants.
4. Let your home breathe a little. Remember when we said indoor
air is often more polluted than outdoor air? Simply cracking some windows can increase ventilation and dilute indoor air contaminants. But before you open the whole house up, scan for any outdoor irritants like allergens, smoke or garbage.
5. Consider an air cleaner. You can only do so much to keep your air clean, especially if the outdoor air is also of poor quality. If you have the means, investing in a quality air cleaner can work wonders. Additionally, according to The Lung Institute, you can increase oxygen naturally with some hard-working houseplants.
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