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Posted May 01 2009 12:00am
The Importance of Respiratory Health
What if I told you that the air you breathe is not really healthy?
We have our air around us so taken for granted that we hardly notice it or give it its due importance. We hardly hear of anyone who died of starvation of air. But every year a good number of babies and infants die of lung diseases and other conditions that affect their breathing. Then, why do we neglect or respiratory health so much?
What I mean to say is that you really need to take care of your lungs and the respiratory system.
Avoid air pollution. Keep yourself away from all the poisonous fumes and airborne substances. Some ingredients in your cosmetics and toiletries can be hazardous to your respiratory health.
Practice good hygiene to prevent infections. Discard and destroy all used tissues and paper towels.
Pay special attention to the indoor hygiene because most of you spend long hours at home or office. Keep the place clean and dust-free. Use humidifiers and air fresheners when necessary.
Keep the nasal passage clean and breathe through your nose.
Do not forget to clean or replace your filters and to clean your air conditioners, humidifiers, chimneys and the like regularly.
Molds also lead to lung diseases and conditions like asthma, bronchitis and allergies. A damp indoor environment can develop molds which are highly hazardous to the health of children. Keep your house dry and well ventilated. Use exhaust fans and reduce condensation in the refrigerator.
Maintain the right room temperature and moisture level.
Hobbies of children should be monitored by adults to prevent the formation of toxic fumes or substances.
Also, many household cleaning agents are not lung-friendly. Ammonia, chlorine- bleach and vinegar do not get along. It is better not to experiment with chemicals.
Ask your family member politely to smoke outside the house. If someone is smoking near you, avoid passive smoking by all means.
Consult a doctor on persistent cough and breathing problems.